FINAL GAME SCORE: Patriots 17, Panthers 16
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The Panthers on the other hand have been on a roll, even though they’ve lost several key players to injuries and quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a practice brawl. They won their first two Preseason games against the Buffalo Bills, 25-24, and the Miami Dolphins, 31-30; two teams looking to take the Patriots division crown.
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One good note for the Patriots in the first two Preseason games is that backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been improving. If Tom Brady’s four game suspension for his alleged involvement in the deflategate investigation is not reduced or absolved, Garoppolo will be asked to take over for the future Hall of Famer.
The Patriots have not faced the Panthers since November of 2013, in the Regular Season. Before beating the Seattle Seahawks in last season’s Super Bowl, the Panthers were the last team the Pats beat in the championship game. In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Patriots beat the Panthers, 32-29, on February of 2004 in Houston, Texas.