The play everyone is still talking about a day after the Patriots' 24-6 win over the Panthers is Mac Jones grabbing the ankle of Carolina linebacker Brian Burns following his strip-sack in the first half.
Appearing on Merloni & Fauria Monday afternoon, Jones explained what happened at the 2:30 mark.
“After I got hit pretty hard, I didn’t really know exactly what was going on. I thought he had the ball," he said. "It was my job to try and make the tackle. That’s pretty much it. Obviously when you get up and see the ball was actually down the field a little bit more, it was just a bang-bang play and I didn’t mean to hurt anybody or anything like that. I was just trying to tackle him and make the play because I didn’t really know what was going on.”
The rookie said there's no beef between the two.
“I have no hard feelings against him or anyone on the team," Jones said. "They had a great defense and statistically they are really good. When you have the chance to go against a really good defense it’s always a lot of fun.”
The Panthers still seem bothered by the play and the NFL reportedly will be looking into it for a potential fine.
“Hopefully they see it how I saw it in the game and they don’t look too much more into it because that’s what it was," Jones said.
The rookie quarterback was 12-for-18 passing in the game for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
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