It did not take long for Antonio Brown to make his mark with the New England Patriots.
The All-Pro wide receiver scored his first touchdown in his Patriots debut on Sunday, hauling in a 20-yard pass from Tom Brady just before the end of the second quarter to give New England a 13-0 lead over the Miami Dolphins.
Brown caught the pass as he was crossing into the end zone along the left side of the field and ran toward a couple of Patriots fans sitting in the front row for a Lambeau Leap-type celebration.
That was probably the only thing that went wrong on the play, as Brown fell on top of the fans instead of sitting on the top of the wall.
Brown’s debut with the Patriots has been much-anticipated after he signed with the team last week following his unexpected release from the Oakland Raiders, but was overshadowed this week after sexual assault and rape allegations surfaced.
Prior to Sunday’s game, it was reported that Brown’s accuser will meet with the NFL on Monday as part of their investigation. It was also reported that Brown refused to agree to a settlement of $2 million prior to the lawsuit being filed.
There was some uncertainty as to whether or not Brown would play this weekend, but Brown was not placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, although that could still change as the investigation moves forward.
The off-field issues do not seem to be impacting Brown on the field, though. The receiver had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown at halftime against the Dolphins.