Carolina travels to New England for first time since 2009

The Carolina Panthers visit Gillette Stadium for the first time in the regular season since 2009 as they meet the New England Patriots on Sunday. 

The two teams enter the game with 2-1 records. Carolina is coming off its first loss of the season after falling to New Orleans, 34, 13, last week. 

The patriots defeated the Houston Texans, 36-33, last week and have wont two consecutive games after dropping their season opener. 

Carolina's first-round draft choice Christian McCaffrey tallied nine receptions for 101 yards and quarterback Cam Newton rushed for his 49th career touchdown last week against New Orleans, but it was not enough to overcome three turnovers and three touchdown passes from Saints quarterback Drew Brees. 

Carolina sits in second place in the NFC South behind the 3-0 Atlanta Falcons. New England is tied for first in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills. 

Sunday's game is the seventh meeting between the Panthers and Patriots. The teams faced off in Carolina's first Super Bowl appearance following the 2003 regular season. The teams last met in 2013 with the Panthers earning a 24-40 victory on Monday Night Football in Charlotte. 

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