Brown and Barden step up for injured teammates in big win.
The defending Super Bowl champions took the ‘next man up’ concept to another level on Thursday night. Despite missing three key offensive starters, the New York Giants throttled the Carolina Panthers, 36-7, in a game that was never close. The G-men jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back. New York tailback Andre Brown, filling in for the injured Ahmad Bradshaw, had a stellar performance with 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, backup receiver Ramses Barden got the start in place of ailing wideout Hakeem Nicks and produced nine catches for 138 yards. Eli Manning had a very efficient night in completing 27-of-35 passes for 288 yards and a score to tight end Martellus Bennett.
Cam Newton and the Panthers were coming off an excellent offensive game in their win over the Saints last Sunday, but the star Carolina quarterback struggled all night against the New York defense. Newton was held to 242 passing yards and just six yards on the ground while being intercepted three times. Giants linebacker Michael Boley had one of those pilfers, making it his third straight game with an interception. The New York defenders showed great resolve in bouncing back from subpar performances against the Cowboys and Buccaneers to dominate Carolina.
The Giants will now have some time to heal before traveling to Philadelphia on September 30 to battle the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. The Panthers will try to regroup as they prepare for a tough road trip to Atlanta in 10 days.