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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sporting some fancy yellow pants.

Big Ben hits Brown in stride for 57-yard TD

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown doing what they do best.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton: "It comes down to we're not playing good team ball."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't sound concerned. "Preseason," he said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said it's not time to panic. He also said: "We're not that good. We will get better."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Bruce Ellington (towel over head) struggling to make it to the 49ers locker room at halftime. The team called the injury a hamstring. It doesn't look good.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't tell Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Thursday night's loss to New England can be brushed off because it's a preseason game.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

As Bill Belichick heads from the locker room to the team buses, he sees Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long talking with his son, Chris, and stops to join the discussion. They chatted for an extended period of time.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked if QB Garrett Grayson is making the progress he needs to make, Sean Payton quickly said, "He struggled tonight." Said he was disappointed by a couple of his throws, would like to see him further along.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said the two biggest concerns are "our ability to protect and our ability to rush the passer. ... Two things that are concerning. Obviously very concerning."

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

HALFTIME: Packers 7, 49ers 7. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick played three series in the second quarter. The Niners had one first down on those possessions and Kaepernick was 2-of-6 for 14 yards and had four carries for 18 yards. Rust was to be expected since this is his first game action of the preseason but he certainly hasn't done anything to overtake Blaine Gabbert at this point. Gabbert played two series and led a touchdown drive on the second of those. The 49ers have scored touchdowns on three of the eight possessions steered by Gabbert this preseason.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo says it was "different" playing the first three series, coming out for four, and then coming back for three more series (not including kneel-downs).

Gordon reminds us all he’s really good

In his first game action since 2014, Browns WR Josh Gordon hauled in two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Heyward has a protective cast on his right foot/ankle.

LeGarrette Blount hurdles like he’s in Rio

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount takes the run and hurdles over Panthers safety Tre Boston en route to a 17-yard gain in the second quarter. Impressive.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (groin) and running back Keith Marshall (elbow) will undergo MRIs tomorrow to determine the extent of their injuries.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said guard Trai Turner (shoulder) is fine. He said Mike Scifres took a hard hit on the knee when the Patriots ran into the punter. Didn't express concern.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman played a strong game in a 21-16 win over Buffalo. Norman defended three passes and showed a lot of fire.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Cam Newton's performance. "Disappointing. We talked about it."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said "lower those passes, catch the ball and we're right where we want to be."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

49ers starting wide receiver Bruce Ellington was just injured on a punt return. Ellington's body language, and the way Blaine Gabbert was talking to him on the sidelines, has me concerned that it might be long term. Right now Ellington is sitting on the bench with a towel over his head.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the loss to New England came down to "missed opportunities more than anything else." He cited them in all phases.