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After two weeks of suspense, the Patriots finally unveiled the 2016 version of Tom Brady to America on Friday night, and it was worth the wait.

On his very first play from scrimmage, Brady hit Aaron Dobson with a perfect 37-yard pass that took the Patriots down to Carolina’s 12-yard line. Although the Patriots didn’t end up getting a touchdown on the drive, they did muster a 25-yard field goal on Brady’s first possession of the preseason.

Clearly, Brady was unfazed by the scissors accident that sidelined him during Week 2 of the preseason.

Against the Panthers, Brady took over for Jimmy Garoppolo on the Patriots’ fourth possession. Garoppolo started the game for New England and led the Patriots to zero points.

The same can’t be said for Brady, though. After leading New England on to a field goal on his opening possession, he burned the Panthers for a touchdown on his second possession.

On a second-and-10 from the Panthers’ 33-yard line, Brady hit Chris Hogan with a perfect pass that ended with a Patriots touchdown.

The good news for the Patriots is that Brady still looks unstoppable and the touch he has on his passes is in midseason form. The bad news is that the same can’t be said for Garoppolo.

After both quarterbacks played three possessions against Carolina, here’s how their numbers stacked up: Brady had thrown for 76 yards and a touchdown, while Garoppolo had thrown for 37 yards.

The Patriots are leading the Panthers 9-0 at halftime. To keep tabs on the game, be sure to follow along with our CBS Sports Game Tracker here.


Source: CBS Sports / LOOK: Tom Brady debuts, promptly burns Panthers with long TD pass