Sep 20, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) runs as Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) defends during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Giants At Panthers: New York Wins Easily, 36-7

NFL Network's Thursday night contest featured the Giants visiting the Panthers in a Week 3 contest at Bank of America Stadium. New York routed Carolina, 36-7.

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Tom Coughlin Post-Game: Giants Grab An Opportunity

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.

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"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.


Giants Vs. Panthers Score: New York Routs Carolina, 36-7

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.


Giants-Panthers Score Update: New York Takes 20-0 Lead Into Halftime

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.

For more on the New York Giants, check out Big Blue View. For more on the Carolina Panthers, head over to Cat Scratch Reader.


Giants-Panthers Score Update: New York Leads Carolina, 10-0, After 1st Quarter

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.

For more on the New York Giants, check out Big Blue View. For more on the Carolina Panthers, head over to Cat Scratch Reader.


NFL Picks Week 3: Giants Vs. Panthers

The undermanned New York Giants face a tough test against the upstart Carolina Panthers.


New York Giants Vs. Carolina Panthers Preview: Facts, Stats and Analysis

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.

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: Antrel Rolle (14)
Panthers: Charles Godfrey/Jon Beason (17)

Giants: Michael Boley (2)
Panthers: Charles Godfrey/Jon Beason (1)

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).

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).

Visit Cat Scratch Reader for more Panthers coverage.

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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Giants Vs. Panthers 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

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

For more on the New York Giants, check out Big Blue View. For more on the Carolina Panthers, head over to Cat Scratch Reader.


Fantasy Football Start/Sit, Week 3: New York Giants Edition

The New York Giants and Carolina Panthers kick off Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season on Thursday night (8:20 p.m. ET/NFL Network).


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-Panthers Odds: New York Favored Slightly Over Carolina

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.

For complete Week 3 odds, check out SB Nation's NFL odds page.

For more on the Giants, check out Big Blue View. To find out more about the Panthers, check Cat Scratch Reader. And be sure to play SB Nation Pick 6 Football every week.

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