Patriots vs Panthers: Postgame Grades, Notes and Quotes for Carolina

August 29, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

There would be no Joe Webb magic this week.
For the first time this preseason, the Carolina Panthers walked away on the short end of the stick, as the New England Patriots hung on for a 17-16 win behind the arm of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Ironically, the Panthers’ one loss might have come following the most inspiring performance from the starters. After the now sadly customary first two drives without a first down, the Panthers offense moved the ball well.
The team ended up bringing the ball into the red zone three times, but Corey Brown’s drops prevented Carolina from converting those into touchdowns. That was ultimately the difference in the game: The Panthers settled for field goals in the red zone, while the Patriots found the back of the end zone.
The Panthers defense picked off Tom Brady twice to keep Carolina in the game despite the offense's ability to score, but it ended up not being enough. Brady bounced back with a touchdown just be...

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