After a one-year hiatus, the New England Patriots are back in the playoffs following their dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coming off two straight losses, everyone viewed this as a get-right game for the Patriots and they took full advantage.
In a real sight for sore eyes, Mac Jones, who had struggled of late, turned in his most efficient performance to date.
A big reason for that? Well, the Jaguars’ generous defense springs to mind. However, the return of Kendrick Bourne, who was back in a full-time role after being limited in Week 16 coming off the COVID-19 list, made all the difference.
For the game, Bourne led the team with five receptions for 76 yards. He didn’t get in on the scoring barrage, but that can maybe be attributed to the fact that he was dinged up after taking a monster helmet-to-helmet hit.
Being the ray of positivity he is, the 26-year-old receiver laughed off the hit with a priceless reaction on Twitter.
Patriots wideout Kendrick Bourne had a perfect response to his helmet-to-helmet hit from Sunday.
We hate to dissuade Bourne from breaking out the spin move, but he might want to refrain from doing so in the middle of the field.
If Bourne wants to do it when he knows for a fact there’s only one defender within his vicinity, that’s fine. Unfortunately, he learned the hard way that the spin move puts you in a defenseless position. On plays like this, there will almost always be a gang tackler ready to pick up his teammate.
With that said, we’re not sure how a flag wasn’t thrown here. The slow-motion replay makes it look more violent, but it should’ve been obvious in real time when Bourne’s neck jerked that it was an illegal hit.
Based off his latest tweet, Bourne is still recovering.
The best way to respond after a hit like that? How about ripping off a 46-yard catch and run later in the game?
With the performance, Bourne set new career-highs in catches (52) and receiving yards (768). For those curious, he’s one touchdown away from notching a new personal best in that department with one game remaining.
Even better? Bourne earned a $250,000 incentive by reaching 50 catches for the season and another $250,000 for eclipsing 700 receiving yards. He can bank an extra $250,000 with 24 yards in Week 18 to reach 800 for the year. The same can be said if he logs eight catches to hit 60 for the campaign.
No wonder he’s feeling just fine after the hit.