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Tonight’s game

New England at Carolina

Time: 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)

Records: Patriots (7-2), Panthers (6-3)

The skinny: Teams met in Super Bowl 10 seasons ago with Patriots winning 32-29 on last-second field goal by K Adam Vinatieri. ... New England is 84-21 in second half of regular season since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000. Patriots have gone 8-0 in second half of season four times and 7-1 three times under Belichick. ... QB Tom Brady is 13-4 on Monday night with 41 TD passes and 14 INTs. ... Panthers have won five straight. ... Panthers are first in league in time of possession. ... Carolina converting 46.2 percent of third-down opportunities, third best in NFL. ... WR Steve Smith has 814 career receptions and needs two more to move past former teammate Keyshawn Johnson, Henry Ellard and Shannon Sharpe into 25th in NFL history. ... QB Cam Newton is only player with at least 50 TDs passing and 25 TDs rushing in first three seasons.

– Associated Press

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