As the New England Patriots prepare for their Wild Card matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Mac Jones is ready to play his first career playoff game. After an impressive rookie regular season, Jones will look to lead his team on a postseason run. It won’t be easy, but Jones and the Patriots believe they have what it takes to win big.
Jones has received a ton of hype all season long. He has not allowed that hype to distract him from the game. In fact, he is only focused on winning football games, which isn’t something that ever quarterback can do.
Ahead of this weekend’s matchup with the Bills, Jones spoke out with his thoughts on playing in the playoffs.
“There’s more at stake and you have to realize that there’s not a lot of room for error. That’s kind of what makes it fun. There’s more pressure and, like I said, you prepare well, you feel comfortable, and at that point, you go play the game that you’ve played since you were little.”
Throughout the course of the regular season, Jones ended up completing 67.6 percent of his pass attempts for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also picked up 129 yards on the ground. Those numbers are very impressive from a first-year NFL quarterback.
After being drafted with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, everyone immediately started talking about Jones as the heir apparent to Tom Brady. Following Brady’s departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bill Belichick and company immediately started looking for their new long-term quarterback. They couldn’t have gotten luckier than they did when Jones slipped in the draft to them.
Hitting the road to take on the Bills is going to be a very tough test for the Patriots. Mac Jones will be going up against a very talented defense that is capable of putting a lot of pressure on a quarterback and making plays in the secondary.
No matter what happens this week, Jones has a lot to be proud of this year. The Patriots also have to feel very good about their future with the young quarterback leading the way.