On Monday night, New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers had plenty to celebrate, including the best game of his young career, which happened to fall on his 24th birthday.
Meyers had a career night as the Patriots came from behind to defeat the New York Jets 30-27 on Monday Night Football. The second-year wide receiver out of NC State caught a team-high 12 passes on 14 targets. Additionally, he had 169 receiving yards with an average of more than 14 yards per catch.
The wide receiver more than doubled his previous career-high of 74 yards receiving from last season. Meyers, an undrafted free agent picked up by New England in 2019, admitted that it’s “kind of tough” to have a birthday on a workday.
“It’s not what you would typically expect if you were back home,” said Meyers of his gameday birthday. “I enjoy being around my team, but it’s definitely a business day.”
However, the comeback win made it a little easier as NFL reporter Mike Reiss shared.
“‘It was a fun game, I’m not going to lie. Just enjoyed every moment of it.’ — WR Jakobi Meyers, on his birthday,” Reiss tweeted.
Meyers Calls Monday’s Birthday Win a “Momentum-Builder”
Meyers may not have been able to celebrate off the field like normal for his birthday. But, the Patriots and his teammates celebrated his performance on his birthday anyway.
New England’s official Twitter account posted a series of tweets marking the special occasion. Tuesday morning, the account shared a birthday tweet graphic that included his impressive game stats.
“Not a bad birthday for @jkbmyrs5,” the Patriots tweeted, adding a party popper emoji.
Next, the Patriots shared a highlight reel compiled of every one of Meyers’ 12 catches during Monday night’s game. It includes his clutch reception that set up a 51-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.
Patriots quarterback Cam Newton found Meyers in the middle of the field surrounded by defenders in an open pocket. Newton gunned a low 20-yard pass that Meyers caught with only eight seconds remaining in the game.
Meyers came up huge for his team on his birthday. In addition, Newton said he couldn’t be prouder of his teammate who he’s known even before Meyers’ time in the NFL or college. The wide receiver attended Newton’s football camp while still in high school and the pair have stayed in touch since.
“Man, I’m extremely proud of Jakobi,” said Newton of the young receiver. “He’s the person I’ve known the longest through this whole ordeal.”
Meyers said their Week 9 victory is a “momentum-builder” after struggling in recent weeks.
“I feel like we showed a lot of fight today, a lot of toughness,” said Meyers. “We were never really out of the game. We always felt like we had a chance to be in it. It’s definitely a momentum-builder, I think.”
The wide receiver now has 22 receptions for 287 yards in just the last three games. Meyers said he’s excited to celebrate his birthday off the field on Tuesday. Yet, a comeback win on Monday Night Football is a good start to the celebrations.