Posted: 4:08 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
By James Dator
Manning passed for just 119 yards in the loss, unable to find receivers despite playing against a lackluster Panthers' secondary. He was sacked a total of seven times and was pressured almost every passing down, which resulted in an offense that couldn't make any plays. The loss was the worst of head coach Tom Coughlin's career with the Giants.
The Carolina Panthers appeared to learn from their early-season mistakes. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula allowed Cam Newton to succeed and fail on the strength of his athletic ability, rather than ask asking him to be a perfect intermediate passer. As a result Newton completed just over 55-percent of his passes and threw an interception, but added two touchdowns through the air as well as 45 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera bought himself some time with the big win, as there were reports prior to the game that he may have been fired if Carolina started 0-3.
Wide receiver Steve Smith left the game for a series in the first half with a hip injury, but the Panthers' veteran returned to the game.
Cam Newton was a fantasy stud with four total touchdowns and 268 all-purpose yards,
Victor Cruz was the fantasy dud on Sunday, as the normally reliable receiver finished with just 25 yards.
Sunday, Sept. 9/29, 1 p.m. ET: New York vs. Kansas City
The Carolina Panthers are on a bye.