Giants Rely on Backups to Clobber Panthers
The injury-depleted New York Giants relied on their backups to clobber the Carolina Panthers, 36-7, at Bank of America Stadium and give the defending champions a second straight victory.
Journeyman Andre Brown, starting for the first time in his career for injured starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw, ran for 113 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns while wide receiver Ramses Barden caught nine passes for 139 yards in place of No. 1 wideout Hakeem Nicks.
"I had to go out there and put on a show for my hometown. I'm glad I responded. Everybody was saying it couldn't be done again so I just went out there and I ran hard and made sure I picked up my pass protection and did everything I could in my power tonight to make it a win," said Brown, who was cut eight times during his career, including the Giants.
"We had a lot of guys who went down where we had areas where people needed to step up and so many people did. Andre (Brown), Will (Hill), Jyron (Hosley), it was the complete team victory. I can't be more proud of everyone who was involved," said Barden, who had less than 200 career receiving yards entering Thursday night.
The Giants' offensive also stepped up in the absence of starting tackle David Diehl. With left tackle Will Beatty and right tackle Sean Locklear providing security blanket, quarterback Eli Manning was barely untouched all night en route to a 27-for-35 performance for 288 yards and one touchdown.
"All of those guys stepped up and made plays to help us out in the game and we were able to run our game plan and our offense as we normally do and we did it really well tonight," Manning said.
Giants Kicker Lawrence Tynes also had his share of spotlight, tying a career-high five field goals from 47, 49, 30, 36 and 27 yards.
Tight end Martellus Bennett caught six passes for 73 yards and his 14-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter before Tynes scored his first field goal to give the Giants a 10-0 lead.
Brown scored a short one-yard touchdown run after Manning led the Giants' nine-play, 72-yard drive to open the second quarter and Tynes added another field goal nine minutes later for a 20-0 lead.
Tynes hit his third field goal in the third quarter before Panthers (1-2) finally got on the board behind a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cam Newton, who completed 16 of 30 passes for 242 yards and was picked three times.
It was all Giants from there as Tynes hit two more field goals and Brown delivered another touchdown run for the final score.
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