The Giants looked like one of the top five teams in the NFL in the first five games of the season but a full season later, Big Blue is just 8-7 and is pretty much out of the playoff picture.
With their season on the line, the Giants failed to show up as they allowed 41 points and scored just 9 against the 6-8 Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were playing without their starting quarterback and running back.
For the Giants, Eli Manning put up a lousy effort as he passed for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown but was picked off twice and fumbled the ball three times in the process. He did succeed in spreading the ball around as six different receivers had more than 20 yards but the offense also got no help from the running game. Mario Manningham also added a lost fumble.
Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw ran 11 times for 53 yards while Brandon Jacobs ran six times but managed just one positive yard.
The Panthers offense had a career day that would be soured by the loss of arguably their best player.
Quarterback Matt Moore, filling in for Jake Delhomme who was placed on IR with a broken finger this week, completed 15 of 20 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jonathan Stewart added 206 yards and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Steve Smith, who caught for 60 yards and a touchdown in today’s affair, broke his arm and had to be carted off the field.