Brissett- first rookie QB to start for New England since 1993 – leads Patriots to victory

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Jacoby Brissett #7 of the New England Patriots dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the New England Patriots dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rookie Jacoby Brissett started at quarterback for the Patriots on Thursday night, the first rookie starting QB for New England since 1993. And despite his status, he brought the team to a resounding 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans.

The 23-year-old Brissett led the Patriots out of the tunnel before the game against Houston and took the snaps after New England forced a Texans punt on their first possession.

Brissett got the start over the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, who inherited the starting job when Tom Brady was suspended for “Deflategate.”

Brissett made his NFL debut in relief of Garoppolo, who suffered a shoulder injury, against Miami on Sunday and completed 6 of 9 passes for 92 yards. Garoppolo was inactive against Houston, leaving the Patriots with just Brissett on the depth chart at QB.

Receiver Julian Edelman played quarterback in college at Kent State and was the emergency QB if something happened to Brissett.