The New York Giants scored on each of their opening four drives as they eased to a 36-7 win against the host Carolina Panthers, their second success in five days in the National Football League.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett and Andre Brown had two 1-yard rushing scores last night for New York at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We talked about getting a fast start,” Manning told the NFL Network in a televised interview. “First drive, we get the ball, go 80 yards, get a touchdown. That was a great start. It set the tempo for the whole game and we kept it going.”
After the Giants began defense of their Super Bowl title with a home loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Manning on Sept. 16 recovered from three interceptions to pass for 510 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-34 defeat of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manning’s passing total was the eighth highest in NFL history and three yards short of Phil Simms’s franchise record.
Last night, Manning completed 27 of 35 pass attempts for 288 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Carolina’s second-year quarterback, Cam Newton, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, went 16-for-30 for 242 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. The Giants had 405 total offensive yards, while Carolina gained 327 yards.
The Giants took three minutes, 18 seconds to score last night as Manning found tight end Bennett with a 14-yard touchdown pass to round off an 80-yard, eight-play opening drive. It was Manning’s fifth scoring pass of the season.
Lawrence Tynes added a 47-yard field goal on the Giants’ second possession for the only other first-quarter score.
New York got another touchdown on its third possession 2:52 into the second quarter to make it 17-0. The drive ended with Brown’s second touchdown of the season.
Tynes then added a 49-yard field goal to make it 20-0 at halftime.
The Panthers were booed from the field as New York finished the first half with 287 offensive yards while limiting the home team to 135 yards.
The jeering continued as the second half got under way. Joe Adams collected the kickoff for Carolina, only for New York’s Spencer Paysinger to strip the ball and recover the fumble. Four plays later, Tynes made it 23-0 with a field goal from 30 yards.
The Panthers broke through on their sixth possession as Newton leaped for a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 12-play, 66-yard drive, before Tynes tacked on another three points for New York with a 36-yard field goal.
Newton began the fourth quarter with a 16-yard pass to Greg Olsen and gave up 13 of those yards when he was sacked on the next play. Two plays later, on third and 22, Newton’s pass was picked off by linebacker Michael Boley.
Eight plays later, the Giants converted Newton’s error into seven more points as Brown dived into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night.
After Carolina’s Adams dropped a punt to give New York possession on the Panthers’ 19-yard line, Tynes completed the scoring with his fifth field goal of the night, from 27 yards.