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- The 29-point margin of victory was their largest since a 41-7 triumph at Seattle on Nov. 7, 2010.
- Carolina's seven points were the fewest allowed by the Giants in a regular-season game since a 21-3 victory over Minnesota in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2010. They beat Atlanta, 24-2, in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Game.
- The Giants gained 405 total yards after finishing with 604 in their victory Sunday over Tampa Bay. The total of 1,009 yards in back-to-back games is a franchise record.
- The Giants rushed for 125 yards, their highest total in a regular-season game since they ran for 213 yards vs. Minnesota on Dec. 13, 2010. They rushed for 172 yards in their NFC Wild Card Game victory over Atlanta on Jan. 8. The Giants had played 21 consecutive regular-season games without rushing for 125 yards, which had been the NFL's longest active streak.
- The Giants' time of possession of 36:10 was their highest in a regular-season game since they owned the ball for 37:51 in vs. Dallas on Nov. 14, 2010.
- The Giants' 20-0 halftime lead was their largest since they led Dallas, 21-0, after two quarters in the 2011 season finale. It was their largest halftime lead on the road since they were ahead at Seattle, 35-0, on Nov. 7, 2010.
*The Giants' 23-0 lead before allowing a score was their largest since they jumped ahead of Washington, 28-0, on Dec. 5, 2010. They won that game, 31-7.
- The Giants had no turnovers and five takeaways. They have won their last eight regular-season games - and 11 overall, including playoff games - in which they did not have an offensive turnover.
- The Giants' five takeaways was their highest total since they had six vs. Washington on Dec. 5, 2010. The Panthers had five turnovers for the first time since their 2010 season opener - against the Giants in MetLife Stadium.
- Eli Manning completed 77.1 percent of his passes (27-of-35), the second-highest rate in his career for a full game. His career-high of 78.9 percent (26 of 33) was set at Arizona on Nov. 23, 2008.
- In his last five quarters, including the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay game, Manning has completed 35-of-48 passes for 531 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 129.8 passer rating.
- Manning's 288 passing yards increased his career total to 28,590. He passed Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (28,339), Trent Green (28,474) and Chris Chandler (28,484) and moved into 42nd place on the NFL's all-time list.
- Andre Brown rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries, a 5.7-yard average, and scored two touchdowns. It was the highest total by a Giants back making his starting debut since Dec. 5, 1999, when Joe Montgomery rushed for 111 yards in a victory over the Jets.
- Brown was the Giants' first 100-yard rusher since Brandon Jacobs ran for 101 yards at Dallas on Dec. 11, 2011.
- Brown's 113 rushing yards was the highest total by a Giants back since Jacobs ran for 116 vs. the Vikings in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2010.
- This was the first game in which the Giants had both a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver since Dec. 11, 2011 at Dallas, where Jacobs ran for 101 yards and Hakeem Nicks had 163 yards on eight catches.
- Linebacker Michael Boley intercepted his third pass in as many games. He is the first Giant with an interception in each of the season's first three games since Terry Jackson in 1978.
- Lawrence Tynes kicked a career-high five field goals - from 47, 49, 30, 36 and 27 yards. He is the seventh player in Giants history to kick at least five field goals in a game. The team record of six was set by Joe Danelo at Seattle on Oct. 18, 1981.
Everything was clicking for the Giants as they moved the ball with ease both on the ground and through the air while the defense made the 2011 Rookie of the Year look mystified. Kelsey O'Donnell of Big Blue View summarized the performance while highlighting the team's five biggest plays:
The Giants were able to dominate the game from both sides of the football. Eli Manning took his bench and made them look like regulars with Andre Brown and Ramses Barden playing their career games. Martellus Bennett had some huge catches and the offensive line gave Manning so much protection he felt little to no pressure. The defense kept Cam Newton from moving in and out of the pocket and limited him to six rushing yards.
Also at Big Blue View was Ed Valentine's breakdown of good and bad performances in the game. The aforementioned unusual suspects obviously made the cut, but so did the guys paving the way for Brown while keeping Eli Manning on his feet:
Offensive line/Henry Hynoski: I have to put them together here. Terrific work by the offensive line. One sack of Manning, which was really a poor block by Brown, and the quarterback generally had a clean pocket to throw from the entire night. The run-blocking was excellent, as well. As for Hynoski, he was leading the way on many of Brown's charges through the line and I don't remember him missing a block all night. By the way, I think Brown's decisiveness and willingness to get north/south quickly is helping these guys run block.
The New York Giants were shorthanded all over the field prior to Thursday night's 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers, and the undermanned secondary unit received a few more bumps and bruises in the contest.
Cornerback Corey Webster broke his right hand in the first half but expects to play in Week 4 at the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger.
Fellow corner Jayron Hosley picked off quarterback Cam Newton in the second quarter but left the game in the fourth after pulling a hamstring, according to the report, and safety Antrel Rolle was carted off the field after colliding with camera equipment on the sidelines. X-rays on Rolle were negative and head coach Tom Coughlin said in the article that he didn't believe the injury to be very serious.
Although the Giants were able to get secondary help in the form of Prince Amukamara, who played his first snaps of the season, and the return of linebacker Keith Rivers, they were without cornerback Michael Coe due to a lingering hamstring ailment.
The mantra for the New York Giants Thursday night in Charlotte was "Next Man Up." Missing three starters (Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw and David Diehl), along with slot receiver Domenik Hixon, due to injury, the Giants flashed their depth with authority in a 36-7 romp of the Carolina Panthers. Thanks to the Super Subs and Eli Manning being Eli Manning, the Giants dominated this game with a capital ‘D.'
Eli Manning: The Giants' signal-caller again showed why he's "Eli-te," completing 27 of 35 passes for 288 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
The Killer Bs: Andre Brown, a fourth-round draft pick in 2009 waived by five different teams - including the Panthers -- was coined "Andre The Giant" over social media en route a career-high rushing 113 yards and two touchdowns in place of Bradshaw. Ramses Barden, playing for Nicks, responded with a career-best 138 yards on nine catches. Martellus Bennett hauled in a touchdown and totaled six catches for 73 yards.
Michael Boley: One can add Boley to the Killer Bs group. The veteran linebacker had six tackles and half a sack.
Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP batted two of Newton's passes, registered half a sack and totaled three tackles.
Antrel Rolle: Had seven tackles to boost his team-high total to 18.
Lawrence Tynes: Kicked five field goals and is a perfect 10-for-10 on the season.
Cam Newton: The Panthers' wunderkind was pressured into three interceptions. Furthermore, Newton rushed for just six yards after running for a career-high 71 in Week 2 against the Saints. "Oh yeah, he was frustrated," said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.
Steve Smith: Had four catches for 86 yards, but his most meaningful sequence was when he scrapped with Corey Webster, the third straight week he's done so against an opposing cornerback.
Joe Adams: The rookie fumbled both a punt and kickoff return, resulting in two of the Panthers' five turnovers.
Panthers defense: Torn apart by the Giants offense to the tune of 405 total yards - 303 in the first half -- while getting little to no pressure on Manning. For the third straight game, the Cats gave up a touchdown on an opponent's opening drive, this an eight-play, 80-yard clinic orchestrated by Manning and Brown, and capped by Manning's 14-yard touchdown pass to Bennett.
The Giants were in control from start to finish, period. Once Manning drove them down those 80 yards on the first possession, the Panthers failed to generate any kind of momentum.
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New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster broke his right hand in Thursday night's 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers, according to a report from Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger.
Webster confirmed the injury, according to the article, missing part of the first half to get X-rays, but returned to play prior to halftime and finished the game with a hard cast on the injured hand. Webster said he would be playing next week when the Giants take on the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.
Rolle was carted off the field after a collision with camera equipment on the sidelines resulted in a contusion and laceration, head coach Tom Coughlin said in the report. X-rays were negative, however, and Coughlin noted that he didn't believe the injury was very serious.
Hosley, according to Coughlin in the article, pulled a hamstring muscle in the fourth quarter after getting his jersey yanked during play.
Heading into Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers most prognosticators looked at the game and saw the New York Giants as a team at a severe disadvantage. They were the road team playing on a short week. They had played an emotional game four days earlier. They were missing three starters and four key offensive players. They were facing a difficult to prepare for Carolina offense.
Where others saw trouble, though, Giants coach Tom Coughlin saw opportunity. One that the Giants grabbed lustily, routing the Panthers, 36-7.
"We had spent a lot of time talking about the mental part of the game the week before and then this week it carried over for us," Coughlin said during his post-game press conference. "We looked at this as a very positive experience, coming in and playing on a Thursday night. Talked about coming in and being able to post that second win and then watch some football over the weekend."
The Giants next game will be Sept. 30 on the road against the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
The New York Giants, behind a brilliant night from quarterback Eli Manning and career-best performances from running back Andre Brown and wide receiver Ramses Barden, routed the Carolina Panthers, 36-7, in NFL action Thursday night. The Giants are 2-1, while the Panthers are 1-2.
Manning ended his night 27-of-35 for 288 yards and one touchdown. Brown gained 113 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns, the first 100-yard game of his career. Barden also had a career day, catching nine passes for 138 yards. The nine receptions equaled Barden's total from the 2011 season.
Brown was subbing for Ahmad Bradshaw, out with a neck injury. Barden got his opportunity because Hakeem Nicks (foot) and Domenik Hixon (concussion) were not available.
The Giants completely dominated the first half, taking a 20-0 lead after two periods of play. The Giants outgained Carolina 263 yards to 122 in the first half.
New York scored the first four times it touched the ball. New York opened the game with an eight-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 14-yard pass from Manning to Martellus Bennett for a touchdown. A 47-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal on the Giants' second possession stretched the lead to 10-0.
On their third possession the Giants drove 72 yards in nine plays, with Brown scoring on a 1-yard run to make the score 17-0. The Giants' fourth possession was an 11-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a 49-yard field goal by Tynes for a 20-0 lead.
Carolina's Joe Adams fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and Spencer Paysinger of the Giants recovered at the Panthers' 19-yard line. That led to an 18-yard Tynes field goal for a 23-0 lead.
Carolina got a 1-yard run from Cam Newton for a touchdown, but the Giants got a 36-yard field goal with 53 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Giants a 26-7 lead after three quarters.
The Giants ended any doubt with an eight-play, 48-yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Brown to make the score 33-7 with 9:42 to play.
Tynes added a 27-yard field goal with 1:09 to play to make the score 36-7.
Behind what could be a career performance from running back Andre Brown and a sharp Eli Manning, the New York Giants have taken a 20-0 halftime lead over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Giants (1-1) scored on each of their first four offensive possessions of the first half, as Brown rushed for a touchdown, Manning threw for another and kicker Lawrence Tynes nailed field goals of 47 and 49 yards.
Brown has already rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries, while Manning is 18-for-23 for 169 passing yards. Brown's lone score polished off a nine-play, 72-yard drive that with 12 minutes, 8 seconds to go in the first half and helped New York earn a 17-0 lead. Tynes capped the Giants' scoring with 3:17 to go.
The Panthers (1-1) have marched into Giants territory three times, but two drives stalled around the 40-yard line while the last one ended on an interception by New York defensive back Jayron Hosley, who picked off Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
A 14-yard touchdown reception by tight end Martellus Bennett and a 47-yard field go by Lawrence Tynes has helped the New York Giants take a 10-0 lead over the Carolina Panthers in a Week 3 NFL contest that has reached the conclusion of the first quarter. Bennett's touchdown came on the Giants first possession of the game, while Tynes' successful kick concluded New York's second drive of the quarter.
New York's first scoring drive used eight plays to march 80 yards and was highlighted by a 31-yard rushing from running back Andre Brown, who raced down to the Carolina 22-yard line. Two plays later Eli Manning found Bennett for his third touchdown reception of the season.
After the Giants' defense halted a small Panthers drive that moved down to the New York 44-yard line, Manning helped the offense move down to the Carolina 29-yard line. New York failed to convert on a 3rd-and-8 situation, as Manning and wide receiver Victor Cruz couldn't connect on a pass. which led to Tynes tacking on three points.
So far, running back Andre Brown has been the game's top player as he has already rushed for 77 yards on seven carries, while Manning is 10-for-12 for 81 yards and one touchdown.
The Giants will begin the second quarter with the ball inside Panthers' territory.
The New York Giants will have seven players inactive, including starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw, when they take on the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. The Panthers will be sitting seven, including their starting running back Jonathan Stewart.
Joining Bradshaw on the inactive list for New York will be wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon, tight end Adrien Robinson, tackle David Diehl, cornerback Michael Coe, and defensive end Adewale Ojomo.
WIth Nicks and Bradshaw both out, the Giants are losing two of their most important weapons. The Panthers would like to have Stewart available, but they have a capable backup.
DeAngelo Williams will get the carries for the Panthers in place of the injured Stewart. The rest of the inactives for Carolina include quarterback Jimmy Clausen, safety Colin Jones, linebacker Thomas Davis, guard Mike Pollak, right tackle Byron Bell, and defensive tackle Sione Fua.
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The New York Giants are slight underdogs against the Carolina Panthers, but have lost both of their matchups against the spread thus far this season.
The undermanned New York Giants face a tough test against the upstart Carolina Panthers.
Tonight in Charlotte is a high-profile quarterback matchup between a two-time Super Bowl champion and an electrifying ultimate weapon, as Eli Manning and the New York Giants play Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The two teams are each off its first wins of the season.
SUNDAY AT THE MET
Manning recovered from throwing three first-half interceptions to finish with 510 yards passing and three touchdowns, the second-greatest passing day in franchise history, to lead the Giants to a 41-34 win over the Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Manning threw for 295 yards in the second half - 243 in the fourth quarter alone. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz had 199 and 179 yards receiving, respectively.
Giants: Eli Manning (732 yards, 4 TDs)
Panthers: Cam Newton (556 yards, 2 TDs)
Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw (94 yards, TD)
Panthers: Cam Newton (75 yards, TD)
Giants: Victor Cruz (237 yards, TD)
Panthers: Steve Smith (210 yards)
Giants: Michael Boley (2)
Panthers: Charles Godfrey/Jon Beason (1)
STATE OF THE G-MEN
Tired, banged-up, but ready to roll in their second game in four days and third in 16, all against NFC opponents. The Giants are drained, and will be missing one of their top receivers (Nicks) and starting running back (Ahmad Bradshaw) and starting right tackle (David Diehl).
THE BLACK CATS
Newton, who passed for 253 yards and ran for 71 with two total touchdowns in the Panthers' 35-27 victory over the Saints in Week 2, will be hungry to pass against the Giants' coverage issues that Tony Romo and Josh Freeman feasted on like prime rib. In addition to Newton, Carolina has a running game that features a two-pronged attack, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart (questionable-toe).
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Nicks (foot) did not make the trip and thus will not play. While there hasn't been a setback, Nicks simply didn't have enough time to recover from the pain that left him limping at times against the Bucs. Thus, the impeccable timing of the schedule has forced Nicks from this game and has the Giants scrambling over who will start alongside Cruz. Domenik Hixon (concussion) is out, so Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle or Jerrel Jernigan will get the call. Expect each out of the young trio, however, to receive plenty of reps.
Will Beatty, who struggled with penalties in Week 2, will likely start at left tackle and Sean Locklear on the right side. Andre Brown, who impressed filling in for Bradshaw (neck) against the Bucs will be challenged running behind this makeshift line. The same goes for David Wilson. The rookie had that infamous fumble in Week 1 and was passed over for Brown in Week 2. Thursday night, it's time to put up and take an immediate big step forward.
Defensively, the Giants will have their hands full with Newton and a Panthers running game that rushed for 219 yards against the Saints after the Bucs held them to a mere 10 in the opener.
"You don't even notice it. It's a daily occurrence with us. We've got many guys who are poised and ready to step in." -- Justin Tuck on the injury epidemic
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It's two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning vs. 2011 Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton on Thursday Night Football. The Thursday night matchup between the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers pits two of the best quarterbacks in the game against one another. The clear contrast in QB styles should make football fans very excited and this game, very interesting.
The Giants enter the game at 2-0 and are coming off a 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which saw Manning throw for 510 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. The Panthers come in at 1-1 this season after defeating the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome last Sunday.
The Giants will be without wide receivers Hakeem Nicks (foot) and Domenik Hixon (concussion), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and offensive tackle David Diehl (knee).
Game Date: Thursday, Sept. 20
Kickoff Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network and NFL RedZone
Radio: WFAN 660 AM (New York) and Sirius XM Radio channel 93
Odds: Giants +3
Well, this is easy. If you have Eli Manning and you don't play him, you are nuts. He only passed for 510 yards and 3 TDs on Sunday. Play Victor Cruz at wide receiver, too. Cruz had 11 catches Sunday for 179 yards. Tight end Martellus Bennett is also looking like a good low-cost play.
Giants' running backs. Ahmad Bradshaw won't play due to a neck injury. First-round pick David Wilson is in the doghouse and not touching the ball very often due to ball-security issues. Andre Brown carried 13 times for 71 yards against Tampa Bay, the first real action of his NFL career. He is a risky play because there is only a one-week track record for him. Also sit wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), who won't play four days after catching 10 passes for 199 yards.
Giants' wide receivers Ramses Barden and Reuben Randle. They will be the likely fill-ins for Nicks and third receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion).
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Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been ruled out for New York's Thursday night game in Charlotte against the Panthers. The Giants announced that Nicks did not make the trip for the Week 3 matchup against Carolina. On Wednesday's injury report, he was listed as questionable and did not practice, citing a foot injury. Nicks had surgery at the end of May to repair a broken right metatarsal.
Nicks is coming off a monster 10-catch, 199-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His Week 2 numbers were good enough to earn him the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. With the Giants passing game firing on all cylinders, the injury certainly comes as a blow to the offense.
The short week likely forced the Giants to be overcautious as the veteran wideout works his way back from a broken foot. He'll now have extended rest before New York plays a Week 4 Sunday night game on the road against the Eagles.
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week after his 10-catch, 199-yard performance against the Buccaneers. Nicks consistently found himself on the other end of quarterback Eli Manning's 510-yard passing day. The veteran wideout hauled in one touchdown and also caught the crucial 50-yard bomb down the sideline that set up the game-winning touchdown.
Nicks had racked up double-digit receptions in three previous regular season games and last year's Super Bowl, but this was a new career high for receiving yards. HIs previous high was 165 yards, which he set against the Packers in last year's NFC Playoffs.
It's the first time Nicks has been named for the distinction, and he's first Giants wideout to receive it since Plaxico Burress in 2005. His teammate, Victor Cruz, hauled in 11 passes for 175 yards, resulting in the first ever set of teammates with at least 10 catches and 175 yards. The big offensive day for the Giants meant there were a number of worthy candidates, as Ed Valentine of Big Blue View writes:
I am not surprised a Giant won the honor this week. I am, however, a little surprised it wasn't quarterback Eli Manning after his 510-yard performance. The three first-half interceptions by Manning, though, make the work of Nicks -- still not 100 percent after breaking his foot during the offseason -- more impressive.
Nicks and the Giants offense will be back in action on Thursday night against the Panthers.
The New York Giants officially ruled out running back Ahmad Bradshaw, right tackle David Diehl and wide receiver Domenik Hixon for Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers. All three players sustained injuries during the team's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Bradshaw will be forced to sit due to a neck injury, which head coach Tom Coughlin could not give the specifics of. Andre Brown is expected to start in his place after recording 71 rushing yards on 13 attempts in relief on Sunday. Diehl will be sidelined due to an MCL injury in his right knee. Hixon sustained a concussion and was required to go through the NFL's concussion protocol, which was difficult to do over the three day gap in between games. In addition, defensive end Adewale Ojomo will miss the game due to a hamstring injury.
The New York Giants opened as 2.5-point favorites for their Thursday night game in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers, but the line has since moved closer to even. Depending on the sportsbook referenced, the Giants are now favored by 1.5-half points, 1 point, or are even money with the Panthers. The total for the game opened at 52, but has since moved down to either 51 or 51.5 points (again depending on the sportsbook).
The Giants enter this game 1-1, but are 0-2 against the spread. New York failed to cover in its opening loss to the Cowboys, and failed to cover as 7.5-point favorites in its 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.
The Panthers also failed to cover against the Bucs, when they lost to them in Week 1. But the Panthers bounced back in Week 2, coming in as 3-point underdogs against the New Orleans Saints, but winning the game outright, 35-27.
Thursday will mark the first road game for the Giants this season; kickoff will be at 8:20 p.m. in Charlotte.
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The New York Giants are facing a long list of injuries and a short week heading into their Thursday night game with the Carolina Panthers. RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) were among the Giants who did not participate in practice on Tuesday. Nicks was likely just resting his sore foot and is expected to play, but the status of Bradshaw and OT David Diehl, who also sat out practice is unknown. CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) was a limited participant in practice and the Giants hope he can see his first action of the season on Thursday in Charlotte.
Full injury report from Tuesday below:
New York Giants
Did Not Participate in Practice: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Neck), T David Diehl (Knee), WR Domenik Hixon (Concussion), WR Hakeem Nicks (Foot)
Limited Participation in Practice: CB Prince Amukamara (Ankle), CB Michael Coe (Hamstring), DE Adewale Ojomo (Hamstring), LB Keith Rivers (Hamstring)
Full Participation in Practice: RB Da'Rel Scott (Knee)
The Giants and Carolina Panthers meet this week in the Thursday Night Football game.
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