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Game Preview: Panthers at Patriots

The New England Patriots return to Gillette Stadium to host the Carolina Panthers.

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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 SEASONNEW ENGLANDCAROLINA
Record11-57-9
Divsional Standings1st3rd (T)
Total Yards Gained6,2955,972
Total Offense (Rank)393.4 (5)373.3 (10)
Rush Offense127.3 (5)133.5 (4)
Pass Offense266.1 (8)239.8 (16)
Points Per Game27.3 (4)23.5 (14T)
Total Yards Allowed5,7465,651
Total Defense359.1 (21)353.2 (15)
Rush Defense112.7 (11)112.8 (12)
Pass Defense246.4 (22)240.4 (18)
Points Allowed/Game20.3 (7)23.9 (19)
Possession Avg.31:0530:44
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost21/14732/235
Sacks Made/Yards30/23835/215
Passing TD/Int (off.)29/1128/16
Passing TD/Int (def.)29/1832/13
Total Touchdowns5146
Penalties Against/Yards93/74492/818
Punts/Avg64/45.161/45.2
Field Goals Made/Att.27/3219/21
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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