Charlotte: Defending Super Bowl champions New York Giants trounced the Carolina Panthers 36-7 in Charlotte on Thursday, with quarterback Eli Manning delivering another riveting performance and outshining NFL rookie of the year Cam Newton.
Manning completed 27 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown before being relieved by backup David Carr in the fourth quarter as the Giants improved to 2-1.
In contrast, Cam Newton completed 16 of 30 passes for 242 yards with three interceptions as the Panthers fell to 1-2.
Lawrence Tynes booted a 47-yard field goal to give the visitors a 10-0 first quarter advantage.
The Giants kept up the pace in the second quarter, scoring on their first possession when Brown barrelled over from a yard out, and a 49-yard Tynes field goal gave them a 20-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the winners capitalised on a Panthers turnover to go 23-0 ahead with a 30-yard Tynes field goal.
The Panthers offense finally let loose and Newton led a 13-play drive before diving over for a touchdown from the one yard line.
Tynes was on target yet again with a 36-yard field goal to pad New York’s lead to 26-7 entering the final quarter.
In the fourth, Brown ran in another one-yard touchdown and Tynes scored the fifth goal with a 27-yard kick.