See The Patriots & Panthers Capsule
NEW ENGLAND (7-2) at CAROLINA (6-3)
Monday, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
OPENING LINE — Panthers by 2 1-2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 5-4, Carolina 6-3
SERIES RECORD — Series tied 2-2
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Panthers 20-10, Dec. 13, 2009
LAST WEEK — Patriots had bye; Panthers beat 49ers 10-9
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 4, Panthers No. 6
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (8), PASS (18)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (30), PASS (12)
PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (10), PASS (28)
PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (2), PASS (T-4)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams met in Super Bowl 10 seasons ago with Patriots winning 32-29 on last-second field goal by K Adam Vinatieri. … New England is 84-21 in second half of regular season since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000. Patriots have gone 8-0 in second half of season four times and 7-1 three times under Belichick. .. Patriots are 42-9 (.824) in regular-season against NFC since 2001. … QB Tom Brady is 13-4 on Monday night with 41 TD passes and 14 INTs. …Brady had season-best 432 yards passing and four TDs in Week 9 win over Pittsburgh before bye. … Since 2011, TE Rob Gronkowski has 29 TD receptions, tied for third most in NFL. … Patriots’ defense has takeaway in 36 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. . DE Chandler Jones has five sacks in past four games. … FS Duron Harmon has INT in last two games. … Panthers have won five straight. … Panthers are first in league in time of possession. … Carolina converting 46.2 percent of third-down opportunities, third best in NFL. … Panthers FB Mike Tolbert has 30 touchdowns rushing since 2010, fifth most in league. … Since 2008, Panthers have more yards rushing than any team in league. … WR Steve Smith has 814 career receptions and needs two more to move past former teammate Keyshawn Johnson, Henry Ellard and Shannon Sharpe into 25th in NFL history. … QB Cam Newton is only player with at least 50 TDs passing and 25 TDs rushing in first three seasons. … TE Greg Olsen has four TDs receiving in past five games vs. AFC opponents. … DE Charles Johnson has 21 sacks and seven forced fumbles in last 22 games. … FS Mike Mitchell is only NFL player with at least three interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles. … Panthers’ defense has forced three-and-outs 14.4 percent of time, best in NFL.
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