Patriots easily defeat Panthers 30-7

by: The Associated Press Updated:

New England Patriots linebacker James Anderson, left, and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, bottom, tackle Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BOSTON - Tom Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and the New England Patriots shut down Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 30-7 on Friday night.

The third preseason game for both teams was no contest as the Patriots outgained the Panthers 405-271.

Brady led the Patriots (2-1) to scores on three of his five series and completed 17 of 21 passes. Newton was 8 for 12 for 88 yards and was sacked three times. All five of his possessions ended in punts.

Regulars usually see their most action in the third preseason game, and it was clear that the Panthers (1-2) must get better play from their offense and defense.