Friday, March 1

New England Patriots 20, Carolina Panthers 10: Mac Jones, Offense Overcome Sluggish Start

For a couple days this week, it was bad blood.

For a couple series Friday night, it was bad offense.

And to record their first preseason victory of 2022, the New England Patriots had to overcome a bad throw.

Quarterback Mac Jones shrugged off a slow start and hit receiver Nelson Agholor with a beautiful 45-yard pass to set up Ty Montgomery’s second-quarter touchdown and help the Pats beat the Carolina Panthers, 20-10, at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots and Panthers engaged in several fights over two days of joint practices in Foxboro this week, resulting in players being kicked out, a receiver suffering a concussion and interceptions being comically punctuated with punting celebrations toward the other team’s sideline. Friday’s game, however, featured clean, but mostly soft football.

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