Former Maryland football player J.C. Jackson had an amazing game against the Bills

Cornerback J.C. Jackson points to the sideline during Maryland football’s 50-7 victory over Purdue at Maryland Stadium on October 1, 2016. (Matt Regan/The Diamondback)

J.C. Jackson had himself quite a day in the New England Patriots 16-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Jackson, who has become a mainstay in the Patriots secondary after going undrafted last season, recorded two interceptions and blocked a punt, and was a large reason why the Patriots remained unbeaten.

With the Bills sending out their punt unit on fourth down, Jackson lined up ready to rush the punter. He came off the edge and blocked the punt, which led to a Patriots recovery and touchdown. The play stretched New England’s lead to 13-0 and was the first punt block of Jackson’s career.

Later in the first quarter, Jackson was able to intercept pass that was underthrown by Bills Quarterback Josh Allen. Jackson made the interception deep in New England territory and returned it 18 yards to end the Bills drive and keep the Patriots in control. It was Jackson’s first interception of the year and the fourth of his career. 

His second interception of the day came in the third quarter with the Patriots clinging to a three-point lead. Jackson rose up in a crowd and snatched the ball out of the air near the sideline to give his team possession once again. The play was reviewed, but Jackson was able to get two feet inbounds to pull off the spectacular grab. 

The stellar game was much needed for Jackson, as he had struggled to start the season after being one of the better rookie cornerbacks in the NFL last season.

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