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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-0)
Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Bank of America Stadium (73,778)

The New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers will meet in the preseason for the 10th time overall and the fourth time in the last five preseasons. In 2014, the Patriots hosted the Panthers at Gillette Stadium and pulled out a 30-7 victory. In 2015, the Patriots traveled to Carolina and eked out a 17-16 preseason win. Most recently in 2016, the Patriots beat the Panthers, 19-17, on the road.

The teams most recently met in the regular season last year at Gillette stadium with Carolina leaving with a 33-30 victory. New England holds a 7-2 edge over Carolina in the preseason, while Carolina has a 4-2 record against the Patriots in the regular season since the teams first squared off in 1995. The two clubs also met in Super Bowl XXXVIII, with the Patriots claiming a 32-29 victory following an Adam Vinatieri field goal in the waning moments.

New England enters Week 3 of the preseason with a 2-0 record, while Carolina also comes in unbeaten at 2-0 after wins at Buffalo and at home vs. Miami.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers will meet for the fourth time in the last five seasons in a preseason game when they travel to Charlotte. It will be the third time in the last four seasons that the Patriots will play at Carolina in the preseason. All of those games were played in the third week of the preseason.

In 2014, the Patriots hosted the Panthers at Gillette Stadium and pulled out a 30-7 victory. In 2015, the Patriots traveled to Carolina and eked out a 17-16 preseason win. Most recently in 2016, the Patriots beat the Panthers, 19-17, on the road.

The teams played in the regular season in 2017 at Gillette Stadium with Carolina leaving with a 33-30 victory.

New England leads the preseason matchup with a 7-2 advantage in the nine preseason games.

Carolina holds the edge in the regular season with a 4-2 margin.

The Patriots and Panthers met in Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 2, 2004. The Patriots-Panthers Super Bowl is widely regarded among the most entertaining Super Bowls ever played, as the Panthers took a fourth-quarter lead only to see the Patriots came up with a game-winning field goal to clinch the see-saw battle in the waning moments.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP

  • Overall Record (including playoffs), 3-4
  • Record in Foxborough, 1-2
  • Record in Charlotte, 1-2
  • Record in Houston, 1-0
  • Total Points in the Series, Patriots 174, Panthers 149
  • Patriots' Largest Margin of Victory, 32 points (01/06/02)
  • Patriots' Largest Margin of Defeat, 10 points (09/18/05)
  • Highest Combined Point Total, 63 points (10/01/17)
  • Lowest Combined Point Total, 37 points (10/29/95)
  • Games Decided by Seven or Fewer Points, 4
  • Games Decided by 21 or More Points, 1
  • Current Win Streak, Panthers, two games

TALE OF THE TAPE

2017 REGULAR SEASON NEW ENGLAND CAROLINA
Record 13-3 11-5
Divisional Standings 1st 2nd
Total Yards Gained 6,307 5,179
Total Offense (Rank) 394.2 (1) 323.7 (19)
Rush Offense 118.1 (10) 131.4 (4)
Pass Offense 276.1 (2) 192.3 (28)
Points Per Game 28.6 (2) 22.7 (12)
Touchdowns Scored 49 40
Third Down Conversion Pct. 40.6 41.9
Total Yards Allowed 5,856 5,074
Total Defense (Rank) 366.0 (29) 317.1 (7)
Rush Defense 114.8 (20) 88.1 (3)
Pass Defense 251.3 (30) 229.1 (18)
Points Allowed/Game 18.5 (5) 20.4 (11)
Touchdowns Allowed 33 34
Third Down Defense (Pct.) 39.4 35.0
Field Goals Made/Attempted 37/40 29/30
Possession Avg. 30:37 32:17
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 35/201 35/242
Sacks Made/Yards 42/299 50/304
Passing TD/INT. (Off.) 32/8 22/16
Passing TD/INT. (DEF) 24/12 25/10
Penalties Against/Yards 95/835 83/682
Punts/Avg. 58/43.4 71/46.0
Turnover Differential +6 (11) -1 (16t)

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by the Patriots Preseason Television Network and can be seen in every New England state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The preseason network's flagship station is WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. Bob Socci provides play-by-play and is joined by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak in the broadcast booth. Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich will provide sideline analysis along with WBZ-TV's Steve Burton. Patriots Football Weekly's beat writers Paul Perillo and Andy Hart will also provide insight and analysis.

PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK

Massachusetts

Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4

Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22

Connecticut

Hartford, Conn. WTNH-TV Ch. 8

Maine

Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8

Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7

New Hampshire

Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9

Rhode Island

Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12

Vermont

Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3

Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska KYUR-TV Ch. 13

Fairbanks, Alaska KATN-TV Ch. 2

Juneau, Alaska KJUD-TV Ch. 8

Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii KFVE-TV Ch. 5

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network's 40 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Dan Roche will call the action along with former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who will provide color analysis. The games are produced by Marc Cappello.

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