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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady connects with WR Chris Hogan on a 33-yard touchdown pass up the right side into the end zone on a beautifully thrown ball. The 2-point conversion pass from Brady to WR Aaron Dobson was thrown high and fell incomplete.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady 9, Panthers 0 after the New England quarterback torched Panthers cornerback Bene' Benwikere down the right side. Secondary concerns?

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger with the teardrop dime to Antonio Brown for a 57-yard touchdown. Goodness.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told that Bucs rookie linebacker Devante Bond strained his hamstring Wednesday, which is why he isn't playing. He underwent an MRI but I'm told it's not serious. Hamstring injuries can be tricky, but he's expected to be back in about two weeks.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui rides cart back to locker room with apparent leg injury. Veteran backup rotates in quite a bit, mostly as a blocker, since being acquired in trade with New England last season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton doesn't look like the NFL MVP tonight. He is 5-for-12 for 48 yards with two picks. Timing has been off from the get-go and he has had decent time to throw.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers DB Jimmie Ward graces the cover of tonight's game program. Ward has been used all over the defense in his time with the team but has settled into the outside corner role opposite Tramaine Brock in this preseason. Ward has also played in the slot and at safety but the Niners are hoping he can help stabilize one of their outside positions. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will undoubtedly test Ward tonight in what's expected to be limited reps for Rodgers.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Same offensive line woes for Saints offense to start third preseason game. A negative run by Mark Ingram on second-and-5, then an incomplete pass under pressure on third-and-6. Offensive line has struggled all preseason so far. Saints are hoping to finally find some rhythm tonight now that the whole starting unit should be out there into second quarter.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The line for SuperContest signups is more than 10-deep at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The number of entries (at $1,500 apiece) are at 925, well ahead of last year's record pace (1,724). Registration ends on Saturday, Sept. 10, but this is the biggest signup period as the Westgate hosts SuperContest Weekend with handicapping seminars tonight, a golf outing tomorrow afternoon and prize drawings (including 6 SuperContest entries) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick returner Donteea Dye suffered a hamstring injury in tonight's game and he is out. Bernard Reedy steps in and gets a shot.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a big night for Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo -- his first night kicking in front of a Bucs home crowd but not his first time kicking under the lights at Raymond James Stadium. He won a Punt, Pass and Kick contest here at 12 in 2005.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins linebacker Preston Smith is playing with a lot of power this summer, from the time camp opened. The Redskins, though, wanted to see him finish plays and tonight that's what he's done. Smith split a double team and made a tackle for a five-yard loss. It was pure power and using excellent technique – a strong base and equally strong hands enabled him to shed.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' defense gives up a TD on opening drive for the first time this preseason – though they did make the Steelers work for it on a 14-play, 74-yard drive. The TD came on third-and-goal when Ben Roethlisberger scrambled out of a sack, improvised and found an open man – exactly what the Saints warned about this week. Le'Veon Bell also looked great on the drive.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers make it official that Blaine Gabbert will start at QB tonight against the Packers. That doesn't necessarily mean that Colin Kaepernick won't get work with the first-team, though. Kaepernick and Gabbert split time with the ones in practice all week. The Niners not playing tonight include DE Arik Armstead (shoulder), WR Bryce Treggs (knee), LB Nick Bellore (knee), DT Glenn Dorsey (knee) and WR DeAndre Smelter (hamstring).

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers open with 15-play, 74-yard touchdown drive lasting nearly six minutes. That was surgical. Jesse James with the 5-yard touchdown catch off a Ben Roethlisberger scramble.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady's first offensive series lasted four plays and he had one completion, to WR Aaron Dobson (37 yards). A third-down throw to TE Martellus Bennett in the back of the end zone was just a bit high for Bennett to haul in. The Patriots settled for a FG.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo just made a 48-yard field goal on the opening drive here at Raymond James Stadium. The crowd cheered him on as he lined up...and erupted when he made it. Several teammates congratulated him after.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The new scoreboards and surround sound system here at Raymond James Stadium are incredible. Feels like a new stadium...it has the same type of atmosphere you felt when the stadium was brand new and state-of-the art back in 1998.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Tom Brady entered the game on the team's fourth offensive series, with 1:56 remaining in the first quarter. Jimmy Garoppolo had taken the first 13 snaps after starting, but the Patriots didn't score any points. Brady's first pass was a 39-yard completion to WR Aaron Dobson.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers and Packers are warming up at Levi's Stadium for tonight's 10 p.m. ET kickoff. San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick among those warming up and looks like he will indeed make his preseason debut. It's likely that Blaine Gabbert will start but even if he does, it's reasonable to expect Kaepernick to get work with the starters. Kaepernick and Gabbert split first-team reps in practice this week.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera had to be holding his breath on that scramble by Cam Newton. It was against the Patriots in a preseason game two years ago that Newton fractured his ribs on a scramble. He missed the opener.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins rookie running back Keith Marshall is undergoing X-rays on his left elbow. He was hurt on his first carry of the night.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Right now Aaron Rodgers is on the field throwing to Jordy Nelson. Tonight one (Rodgers) won't play much, and the other (Nelson) won't play at all, but a good sign for the Packers' opener 16 days from now.