The Patriots had one of the roughest starts of the NFL in their opening game of the season, with Mac Jones throwing a pick-six after what had been a well-executed drive and a costly fumble by Ezekiel Elliott to start the following series.
It was the start of what felt like was going to be a really, really long game.
Fortunately, that didn't last long, as the defense ensured the team remained within reach of the Eagles throughout the afternoon, and the offense came alive as halftime neared.
The offense was an overall improvement from what was seen last season, and although that may not seem like much since they were basically in the basement last season, it was an impressive feat, considering they were playing a team that almost won a Super Bowl just seven months ago.
One of the most impressive plays of the day, though, came early in the fourth quarter as the Patriots were hoping to make a comeback while down eight points. Because time was running out and (luckily) Bill Belichick appears to believe in Mac Jones this season, the offense went for it on fourth and eight, an aggressive move against a formidable defense.
Since the connection between Jones and Hunter Henry was back on, the quarterback entrusted the tight end to make the play, which was the right decision. Henry caught the football with one hand, a play good for 12 yards, and secured the fresh set of downs.
The stadium (and social media) erupted in applause for the incredible play; not just because he got a first down, but the catch was worthy of being replayed ten times.
It's fair to call it the best catch of the weekend during a slate of games that ended quite unpredictably.
If this game was any indication of what's to come from Henry and Jones individually, as well as the connection between the two, we will more than likely see more moments like this catch over the next 17 weeks.