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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0) VS. CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-1)
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (65,878)

The New England Patriots will return to the confines of Gillette Stadium for the final two preseason games after beginning the 2019 season on the road at Detroit and at Tennessee. The Patriots held joint practice sessions with both the Lions and Titans prior to the preseason games. 

The Patriots will square off this Thursday 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. The Patriots played at Carolina last season, a 25-14 loss.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers will meet for the fifth time in the last six seasons this and for the second straight year in the preseason. Last year, the Patriots lost in Carolina by a 25-14 score on Aug. 24, 2018. The Patriots hosted Carolina in 2014 and traveled to play the Panthers in 2015, 16 and 18.

In 2014, the Patriots hosted the Panthers at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 22 and pulled out a 30-7 victory. In 2015, the Patriots traveled to Carolina on Aug. 28 and pulled out a 17-16 preseason victory. In 2016, the Patriots beat the Panthers, 19-17, on Aug. 26 at Carolina. Last season, the Patriots lost 25-14 at Carolina on Aug. 24. 

The team’s last played in the regular season in 2017 at Gillette stadium with Carolina leaving with a 33-30 victory on Oct. 1. 

New England leads the preseason matchups with a 7-3 advantage in the 10 preseason games while Carolina holds a 4-2 edge in the regular season.

The Patriots and Panthers met in Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 2, 2004. The Patriots-Panthers Super Bowl is widely believed to be 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 final seconds.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Table inside Article
2018 REGULAR SEASON NEW ENGLAND CAROLINA
Record 11-5 7-9
Divsional Standings 1st 3rd (T)
Total Yards Gained 6,295 5,972
Total Offense (Rank) 393.4 (5) 373.3 (10)
Rush Offense 127.3 (5) 133.5 (4)
Pass Offense 266.1 (8) 239.8 (16)
Points Per Game 27.3 (4) 23.5 (14T)
Total Yards Allowed 5,746 5,651
Total Defense 359.1 (21) 353.2 (15)
Rush Defense 112.7 (11) 112.8 (12)
Pass Defense 246.4 (22) 240.4 (18)
Points Allowed/Game 20.3 (7) 23.9 (19)
Possession Avg. 31:05 30:44
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 21/147 32/235
Sacks Made/Yards 30/238 35/215
Passing TD/Int (off.) 29/11 28/16
Passing TD/Int (def.) 29/18 32/13
Total Touchdowns 51 46
Penalties Against/Yards 93/744 92/818
Punts/Avg 64/45.1 61/45.2
Field Goals Made/Att. 27/32 19/21
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio +10 (5) +1 (15T)

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 the 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's Steve Burton.

PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK

Massachusetts
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22

Connecticut
New Haven, 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 38 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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