The Giants continued to prove once again – never count them out.
Four days removed from a stirring comeback win at home. Injuries beating them up on offense. Playing a motivated, up and coming Panthers team with something to prove on the road.
The Giants set the tone from the opening kickoff, taking the ball on an 80-yard drive that not only set the tempo, but might as well have been a knockout in the first round.
Final – Giants 36 Panthers 7.
Andre Brown and Ramses Barden, two Giants backups who both were on the roster bubble late in camp, combined to dominate the Panthers. Brown, who has been cut seven times by five teams in the last three years, put up 113 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards. This from a guy who had 16 career catches.
Eli Manning was not perfect, but he avoided the mistakes that his counterpart – Cam Newton – made. Manning went 27 for 35 for 288 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Cam Newton played a game to forget for the Cats. He completed 16 of 30 passes for 242 yards, and finished with a passer rating of 40.6, the worst of his career.
The Panthers had five turnovers, including three interceptions by Newton. The Giants were more than happy to take what they could get from the generous Panthers, who seemed nowhere close to prepared to take on the champs.
The game was over in the first half, as Newton was held to 5-of-12 for 90 yards and an interception. The Giants went up 10-0, then continued the onslaught, leading 20-0 at the half.
A fumble by the Panthers on the opening kickoff of the second half only continued the beating, as Lawrence Tynes hit another field goal to make it 23-0 Giants.
The Panthers only score of the night came after the field goal, as they went on a drive and scored on a 1-yard plunge by Newton that made it a 23-7 game.
That was the closest the Panthers would get.
New York deserves a whale of credit with their backs against the wall for winning this game. The first three weeks the team has been severely tested by the Cowboys, Buccaneers and with a lot of injuries, but have walked out of three weeks 2-1.
It was an unexpected blowout by all measures, but one that the Giants will happily take on a joyful plane ride back to New York for a weekend of rest.