Aug 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) attempts to pass the ball in the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Carolina Panthers 25, New England Patriots 14
After running only five offensive plays in the first quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense put together two 10-plus play drives in the second quarter, as they found success throwing underneath passes. Both lengthy drives ended without a touchdown, however, the passing game looked crisp outside of a couple of Julian Edelman drops that would have both resulted in a first down.
Recently signed wide receiver Eric Decker saw his night begin in the second half with quarterback Brian Hoyer at the helm. Decker had some opportunities, as he was wide open on a go route but Hoyer led him out-of-bounds, and when targeted on a seam route, a nice breakup by cornerback Corn Elder prevented what would have likely been a touchdown. Decker is no…