Patriots rookie QB Bailey Zappe throws first career touchdown pass

It was the first touchdown pass thrown by a rookie in the NFL this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, although the Patriots appeared to catch a break when officials didn't penalize them for delay of game. The play clock hit zero well before the snap, with CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore saying on the broadcast that a penalty should have been called. The touchdown gave the Patriots a 17-14 lead in a game in which they were down to their third quarterback, Zappe.

Zappe, the fourth-round pick from Western Kentucky, took over from there. His emotion came out after the touchdown pass, with veteran tight end Hunter Henry wrapping him in a celebratory embrace.

Week 4 is the latest into a season that the first passing touchdown by a rookie has been thrown since 2007, when Bills rookie Trent Edwards threw the first in Week 4 against the Jets.