This game falls under the category of “who’d’a thunk it?”. The Panthers come out and dominate the line of scrimmage and down the (pardon the pun) rather blue Giants. Staying committed to the run was a big reason why Carolina controlled this game. They picked up 194 yards on the ground and were a solid 8/14 on third down. The story for New York was quite the opposite. They were an abysmal 3/12 on the money down and the offensive line was made a fool of courtesy of the strong pass rush from the Panthers. Eli Manning has never been know as a quarterback who takes unnecessary hits, and nobody is ever going to accuse him of being the most mobile of guys, but despite this he never has taken a lot of sacks. Today that was a different story as Carolina dragged him to the ground a franchise record-tying seven times. Greg Hardy lead the charge with three sacks and Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Charles Johnson, and Thomas Davis got in on the party in the backfield; each contributing a sack apiece. The Giants were once again unable to get any type of running game going. They ran for only 60 yards on the ground, so as you can see the task of passing the ball was not made any easier. Simply put, the Giants were embarrassed. Their road to relevancy will not get any easier next week as they head into Kansas City to take on the 3-0 Chiefs. Carolina hits their early BYE week with a ton of confidence and momentum. This victory has all but guaranteed Ron Rivera his job for at least the rest of the season.