In the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe connected with receiver DeVante Parker for a 25-yard touchdown pass.

This season's first touchdown pass in the NFL was thrown by a rookie.

Although the Patriots seemed to benefit when referees decided not to penalise them for the delay in the game.

Before the snap, the play clock had already reached zero, and CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore stated during the broadcast that a penalty should have been assessed.

In a game where they were down to their third quarterback, Zappe, the touchdown gave the Patriots a 17-14 lead.

Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer took the field in place of the injured Mac Jones (ankle), but was knocked out on the final play of the second offensive series due to a head injury.

Zappe, a Western Kentucky fourth-round pick, took over from there.

Following the touchdown pass, veteran tight end Hunter Henry embraced Zappe in a celebratory embrace.

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

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