FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were defeated Thursday night by the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 31-24 in their first preseason game of 2017.
Many Patriots starters didn’t see the field, including Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and newly acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns while third-stringer Jacoby Brissett completed 8 of 13 for 88 yards.
Rookie wide receiver Cody Hollister was a standout for New England, reeling in 116 yards on seven receptions, but it was fellow rookies Austin Carr and K.J. Maye who reached the end zone.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in attendance, marking the first time he’s visited Gillette Stadium since the Deflategate scandal.
Goodell earlier this year said he plans to attend the Patriots’ home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots and the Jaguars held joint practices this week.
All of the Patriots’ preseason games can be seen on myRITV.