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Patriots vs. Panthers: Tom Brady stats, highlights from preseason debut

Patriots vs. Panthers: Tom Brady stats, highlights from preseason debut

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got his first game action of the preseason Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, and the results were pretty mixed against the Carolina Panthers defense.

It was a sloppy start for the Patriots offense as a whole with three penalties during the first two drives. 

Rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers had a particularly bad opening two series with a drop, a penalty and a weird deep route where he stopped running. Brady's first four completions all went to wideout Phillip Dorsett for a total of 35 yards.

The Patriots found the end zone on their third drive for the game's first touchdown. Patriots running back James Develin ended the 15-play, 85-yard march with a one-yard TD run. Brady even converted a third-down with a 3-yard scramble earlier in the drive. The 42-year-old quarterback's night was over after that series. Rookie Jarrett Stidham was next up at quarterback.

Most starters typically don't play in the fourth and final preseason game, so we probably won't see Brady in action again until Week 1 of the regular season when the Patriots host the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 8.

Here's a recap of Brady's performance against the Panthers.

STATS
75 (8-for-12) completion percentage
75 yards
0/0 TD/INT
0 sacks
3 rush yards

HIGHLIGHTS
There weren't a lot of notable highlights from Brady, but here's his longest completion of the night.

Brady's final completion went to tight end Ryan Izzo.


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Watch Josh Gordon make a vintage catch while dealing with a hand issue

Watch Josh Gordon make a vintage catch while dealing with a hand issue

In a game where the Patriots' wide receiver depth was being tested, Josh Gordon's toughness shined through on one particular play. 

During the third quarter of the Patriots matchup with the Jets Sunday, Gordon fought through an apparent hand injury and made an incredible grab that set up a touchdown for New England. 

Gordon's catch set up a Rex Burkhead touchdown run, which is a two-play sequence Patriots fans probably dream about on Saturday nights. 

Gordon appeared to hurt his hand earlier in the game engaging in a block with Jets corner Trumaine Johnson. Here's a look at the play:

The Patriots were thin at wideout heading into Week 3 after cutting Antonio Brown, and then Julian Edelman was banged up with a chest injury in the first half against New York. They already had control of the game and were well on their way to a 3-0 start, but New England needed Gordon to hang tough and make plays down the stretch. 

Gordon's return to the Patriots was relatively unexpected, and in his second season with the team he continues to progress toward coming into his own as a dynamic receiving threat on the outside. If he can start to play back to his 2013 form when he led the league in receiving yards, the Patriots will be even more dangerous than they already are. 

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Watch Jets QB Luke Falk throw absolutely abysmal interception vs. Patriots defense

Watch Jets QB Luke Falk throw absolutely abysmal interception vs. Patriots defense

FOXBORO, Mass. -- You almost have to feel bad for the New York Jets at this point.

The Jets started their first possession of the second half in Sunday's Week 3 game against the New England Patriots deep inside their own territory. The drive ended in horrendous fashion when Jets quarterback Luke Falk threw one of the most awful interceptions we've seen early in the 2019 NFL season.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty hauled in the interception with zero Jets players around him and returned it 24 yards.

Check out the hilarious sequence in the video below:

McCourty now leads the Patriots with three interceptions (one in each of the team's first three games of the season).

The Patriots scored on a 37-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski on the ensuing drive to increase their lead to 23-0 at 8:49 of the third quarter.

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