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Patriots vs. Panthers score

This game was the culmination of a busy week for these two teams, as they held two

Below, you'll find our main impressions of each team as this exhibition unfolded, the main turning point

The Patriots rolled out their starters for the first time this summer, and there was particular attention

It went three-and-out on its first two possessions and managed just three yards of total offense

However, the offense found its footing on the third possession of the night, marching on a 10-play, 81

Along with Agholor impressing over that stretch, Ty Montgomery continues to prove he'll be a versatile piece

He lined up in the backfield and logged four carries, including a goal line touch that resulted

That ability to work out of the backfield and work as a wide receiver will be fascinating

were able to register sacks and kept the Panthers quarterbacks off their spot quite a bit

In what has been a growing theme this summer, New England's defense has been pretty opportunistic, creating

Safety Joshuah Bledsoe -- who is making a strong case to make the 53-man roster -- was

In the second half, cornerback Shaun Wade and safety Brenden Schooler also had picks on P

While not a surprise considering how things have played out in camp, it's important to note that

This should make it clear that Patricia will be the offensive play-caller in Week 1

On the injury front, second-round rookie receiver Tyquan Thornton was ruled out after suffering a shoulder injury

Naturally, that will be worth monitoring in the days to come

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That said, first-round rookie Ikem Ekwonu was one of the few Week 1 locks who started, and the

While he made a play as a run blocker, pass protection was the main issue, as he

On a third-and-long situation in the first half, Patriots linebacker Josh Uche was able to fly past

They are likely fighting for that third and final spot on the 53-man roster at the quarterback

Elsewhere, Tae Hayes had some solid moments for the Panthers

The former undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State was able to disrupt a deep shot to

Hayes took advantage of a bad throw by Zappe, picked the ball off and returned it 50 yards

The biggest swing in this game was Agholor's 45-yard catch in the first half

After the Panthers tied the game on a pick-six by Zappe, New England responded well

Finally, with less than two minutes remaining in the game, the defense was able to strip Walker

The biggest play of the first half came on a Jones bomb to Agholor at the start

The ball perfectly fell into Agholor's arms and immediately had the Patriots in the red zone, where

However, he's put together a strong camp thus far, and that is now translating onto the field,

From here, the Patriots will wrap up their preseason with a trip to Las Vegas, where they'll

Similar to what they did leading into this game, those clubs will have joint practices next week