The New England Patriots came into professional football in 1960 as a founding member of the American Football League. They have had a good amount of both good and bad times over the years since then, but are today thought of generally as one of the better franchises in the league.
A 300 yard game is widely considered to be a sign of a successful day by an NFL quarterback. It doesn’t always result in a win, but it is a good indicator that they were doing at least a fairly good job on that day.
On October 29th, 1995, the Carolina Panthers went on the road and defeated the Patriots by the score of 20-17. In that game, Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins would complete 25 of 45 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. This marked just the second time in New England history that they had given up a 300 yard game to a rookie quarterback. The first time they did so was 25 years earlier in their first season in pro football when rookie quarterback Jacky Lee led the Houston Oilers to a 24-10 victory over the then Boston Patriots, thanks to completing 21 of 38 passes for 331 yards and one touchdown.
Through the 2010 season, this has not been done again. To this day, Jacky Lee and Kerry Collins are the only rookie quarterbacks to ever pass the 300 yard passing mark against the New England Patriots.