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Game Notes: Patriots and Panthers meet for fifth time in the last six years in Week 3 of the preseason

New England Patriots tight end Ryan Izzo (85) catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers linebacker Jermaine Carter (56) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots tight end Ryan Izzo (85) catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers linebacker Jermaine Carter (56) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

PATRIOTS AND CAROLINA MEET FOR THE FIFTH TIME IN THE LAST SIX YEARS IN WEEK 3 OF THE PRESEASON

The Patriots squared off against the Carolina Panthers in a preseason Week 3 matchup for the fifth time in the last six years and for the second straight season.

PATRIOTS HOLD CAROLINA TO JUST SEVEN FIRST DOWNS AND 99 TOTAL YARDS

The Patriots defense held Carolina to just seven first downs and 99 total yards. It is the second time in the 2019 preseason that the defense held its opponent to under 10 first downs and under 100 total yards. The Patriots held Detroit to just eight first downs and 93 total yards in the preseason opener on August 8. Last season, the fewest first downs allowed was 11 vs. Miami on Sept. 30. The Patriots have held their opponent under 100 total yards three times in regular-season play - (65 vs. Seattle on Dec. 4, 1988, 86 vs. Baltimore on Oct. 23, 1977 and 88 vs. Miami on Oct. 12, 1980.

TOM BRADY MAKES HIS 2019 PRESEASON DEBUT

QB Tom Brady made his 2019 season debut with a start and played three series through the middle of the second quarter before being relieved by Jarrett Stidham. Brady finished 8-of-12 for 75 yards.

FOURTH-ROUND PICK QB JARRETT STIDHAM PLAYED FROM THE SECOND QUARTER TO THE END

Fourth-round QB Jarrett Stidham entered the game midway through the second quarter and played the rest of the way. He finished 15-of-19 for 134 yards.

CHASE WINOVICH EARNS A START

2019 third-round draft pick DL Chase Winovich was the only member of the 2019 draft class in the starting lineup.

UNDRAFTED ROOKIE WR JAKOBI MEYERS EARNED A START

Rookie free agent WR Jakobi Meyers was in the starting lineup. He also started the first preseason game at Detroit. He led the team with seven receptions for 74 yards.

FB JAMES DEVELIN SCORES

FB James Develin scored on s 1-yard run in the second quarter. He had a career-high four rushing touchdowns in 2018.

UNDRAFTED ROOKIE WR GUNNER OLSZEWSKI RETURNS A THIRD QUARTER PUNT 28 YARDS

Rookie free agent WR Gunner Olszewski returned a third-quarter punt 28 yards. Last season, the longest punt return of the season was a 25-yard return by WR Julian Edelman vs. Buffalo on Dec. 23.

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