CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-1) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-1)
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (65,878)
The New England Patriots closed out the first month of the season with a 2-1 record and begin the month of October at home when they host the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are an NFL-best 53-17 in the month of October since 2000. Last season, the Patriots finished with a 4-1 October record.
This Sunday’s game will be the Patriots’ second against an NFC team. In Week 2, the Patriots traveled to New Orleans and beat the Saints, 36-20. New England owns a 49-12 (.803) record vs. NFC teams since realignment in 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time. Pittsburgh is second with a 41-20 record.
The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers will meet for the first time in the regular season since 2013 and for the first time at Gillette Stadium in a regular season game since the 2009 season. The 2009 matchup, a 20- 10 Patriots win, was Carolina’s only regular season game played between the two teams at Gillette Stadium.
The teams last played in the regular season in 2013 in a competitive Monday Night Football contest on Nov. 18, 2013 when a Tom Brady pass to TE Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete on the last play of the game to give Carolina a 24-20 win at Bank of America.
Carolina holds the edge in the regular season with a 3-2 margin.
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 seesaw battle in the final seconds. Read
Overall Record (including playoffs), 3-3 Read
- Record in Foxborough, 1-1
- Record in Charlotte, 1-2
- Record in Houston, 1-0
Total Points in the Series, Patriots 144, Panthers 116
Patriots’ Largest Margin of Victory, 32 points (01/06/02)
Patriots’ Largest Margin of Defeat, 10 points (09/18/05)
Highest Combined Point Total, 61 points (02/01/04)
Lowest Combined Point Total, 37 points (10/29/95)
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