Urgency Up as Patriots Focus On Playoff Rematch with Bills

Mac Jones called his performance in the Patriots’ regular-season finale loss to Miami “super embarrassing.” It was a critical self-analysis by the only rookie quarterback taken in the first round of the NFL draft since 2013 to finish his first season with a winning record. But it’s also an example of what’s won Jones the complete confidence of a Patriots team preparing to play in the postseason for the first time since Tom Brady’s departure. When Jones takes the field against Buffalo in the wild-card round, he has a chance to be in a class by himself as he tries to become the Patriots’ first rookie starter to win a playoff game.

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