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Patriots QB Mac Jones may have set record for fewest pass attempts in first half

This hadn’t been done since at least 1978, and the data does not go back further.

Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots hands the ball off to Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on December 06, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

UPDATE: Jones attempted two more passes the rest of the game! He finished the game 2 of 3 for 19 yards in the Patriots 14-10 win over the Bills.

The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills are playing in some ugly weather with the wind gusts making it difficult to do much of anything. It’s not surprising then that Mac Jones and the Patriots may have set a record in the first half.

Jones completed his only pass attempt in the first two quarters, finding tight end Jonnu Smith for a 12-yard reception. According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, the one pass attempt in the first half was the fewest since at least 1978. Data does not go beyond that for ESPN Stats!

Of course, the Patriots were leading 11-7 after the first half thanks to a big Damien Harris run. The running back broke off a 64-yard run and then the Patriots added a two-point conversion.