CHARLOTTE — The New York Giants made short work of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, 36-7, moving the ball with ease on the strength of quarterback Eli Manning’s 288 yards on 27 completions and stifling the Panthers offense at nearly every turn.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was picked off three times and kick returner Joe Adams turned the ball over twice. Newton finished with 242 passing yards on 16 completions without a touchdown pass. Newton was sacked twice during the game, while the Panthers were unable to put any effective pressure on the reigning Super Bowl champion quarterback. The Panthers ground game also sputtered, with the team amassing only 60 yards on 20 carries.
New York running back Andre Brown, who was waived by several teams before being picked up by New York, including the Panthers, ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns in place of the injured Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Giants led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter after Manning connected with Martellus Bennet on a 14-yard strike less than four minutes into the game. The New York defense stalled Carolina at midfield on the Panthers’ first possession, and the Giants engineered a nine-play drive that culminated in a 47-yard field goal by kicker Lawrence Tynes.
New York extended its lead to 20-0 with a 1-yard run by Brown and another field goal by Tynes, from 49 yards out, before the end of the first half.
Adams fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, setting up New York at the Carolina 16-yard line. That drive ended in Tynes’ third field goal of the night, extending New York’s lead to 23-0.
The Panthers scored their only points of the night on the ensuing possession. Newton completed a 17-yard pass to wide receiver Steve Smith from the Panthers’ 36-yard line, followed by a rush for no gain by Mike Tolbert and a 16-yard completion to Greg Olsen to take the Panthers to New York’s 31-yard line. The Panthers drove to New York’s 1-yard line on short gains by Newton and DeAngelo Williams, and Newton dove over the line for the score with 6:28 left in the third quarter.
Tynes hit his fourth field goal of the night, from 36 yards out, with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Brown ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and Tynes added one more field goal with just over a minute remaining in the game.