New England Patriots fans can watch live online as the four-time, and defending, Super Bowl champions hit the road again to meet the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolin. The game is a week 3 National Football League preseason game that is likely to include at least a full half of action for both New England quarterback Tom Brady and Carolina signal caller Cam Newton.
Both the Patriots and Panthers are expected to treat the week 3 preseason game as a “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, seeing significant playing time for almost all of the players likely to start the first game of the regular season in about two weeks time.
To find out how to watch the New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers NFL preseason game live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28, at Bank of America Stadium, 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
The last time the Panthers and Patriots met in a game that mattered, it was week 11 of the 2013 season. In that game, Carolina escaped with a 24-20 victory when a pass by Brady intended for Rob Gronkowski in the end zone with no time on the clock was picked off by Robert Lester — on a controversial play in which Gronkowski appeared to the victim of holding that went uncalled by the officials.
In the all-time series, going back to 1995, the two teams have played five games with New England beating Carolina three times, including in the 2004 Super Bowl.
Patriots fans will keep a close eye on Brady who despite some strong midweek practice outings, has appeared very ordinary in limited preseason playing time so far. In only five series, he has led the New England offense to just one first down and completed only three passes.
To watch the New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers week 3 NFL preseason game live online, the best bet is to use the NFL Game Pass service, which this year is available for a $99 annual fee. But the service — which streams preseason games live, but will offer regular season games only on a “replay on demand” basis — offers a seven-day free trial that can be canceled after the game. To access that offer, and watch Thursday’s game live online, visit this link. The game unfortunately will not be available to stream in the New England and Carolina home markets, because local TV will carry the preseason matchup both places.
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