The efforts of both Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe were not enough to carry the Patriots past the Chicago Bears Monday night in Foxboro.
Jones came back from his Week 3 ankle injury to start Game 7, but trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, the Patriots called in Zappe to take the ball.
The return on New England's investment was almost immediate, with Zappe throwing a touchdown pass to Jakobi Meyers. Minutes later, a rushing touchdown from Rhamondre Stevenson put the Patriots ahead 14-10.
It looked to be a turnaround, but that proved to be all of New England's scoring for the night. The Bears added 10 more points in the first half, and another 13 in the second to beat New England 33-14.
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Selected 15th overall in last year's draft, Jones had not played since suffering an ankle injury in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens. Zappe, a fourth rounder this year, was a breath of fresh air in Jones' absence, winning his starts in Weeks 5 and 6.