Carlton have broken their 2021 duck in style, with Harry McKay's seven goals guiding the Blues to a 45-point AFL drubbing of Fremantle.
The Blues responded from a slow start to break the game with 12 of the next 13 goals from late in the first quarter in a destructive display at Marvel Stadium.
Under the pump after falling to 0-2 for the ninth year in a row, Carlton were as impressive as the Dockers were poor in the 16.13 (109) to 9.10 (64) result on Sunday.
The margin blew out to as much as 61 points in the third quarter, but Fremantle fought the game out to avoid further embarrassment.
Key forward McKay received silver service from a midfield which destroyed Fremantle's onball brigade.
After booting four goals on All-Australian defender Darcy Moore last week, McKay had a career-best game but it could have been even better after having 13 shots on goal.
"He's a tough man (to match-up on). He's 204 centimetres and when he puts his arms up, it takes a lot of effort for a defender to actually get to the ball," Carlton coach David Teague said.
"Whether it's free kicks or marks the ball himself - and he's got speed. We've got to make sure we give him delivery that allows him to play to his attributes."
In exciting signs for Carlton fans, co-captain Patrick Cripps returned to form and only got better as the game wore on to gather 34 touches, 11 clearances and kick two goals.
Fellow midfielder Sam Walsh (37 possessions) was everywhere, Liam Jones was spectacular in defence in recording 15 intercepts, while ex-Geelong player Lachie Fogarty impressed in his third game for the Blues.
Veteran forward Eddie Betts was quiet in his first game for the year but did manage to dribble through a classic goal in the second term as the crowd roared.
Star Blues recruit Zac Williams was off the ground for an extended period late in the first quarter but was able to play the game out with his left knee strapped.
It was Fremantle's heaviest defeat since Justin Longmuir took over as coach ahead of the 2020 season, with the Dockers struggling without injured skipper Nat Fyfe.
"We dodged a few bullets with their inaccuracy towards goal. It was probably halfway through the first quarter where they got on top in the contest," Longmuir said.
"The contest was poor by us but we lacked method as well and allowed them to get on the outside. Once (Carlton) get on the outside, they are as good as anyone."
To top off a dirty day for the Dockers, they lost Hayden Young (hamstring) and Lachie Schultz (concussion).
Luke Ryan was also iced up on the bench late in the game but Longmuir was hopeful it was nothing serious.