The Carolina Panthers came out with a vengeance this past Sunday against the New York Giants. Last season, the Giants destroyed the Panthers at Bank of America stadium 36-7. This time, the outcome was a lot different. Coming into the game, both teams had a losing record of 0-2. Both teams had some positive comments about how they played their early games but neither team could pull off a victory. Based off the statistics, the Giants had the advantage, but the Panthers thought otherwise.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had a fantastic game. He finally took control of the offense and played like a top NFL quarterback. He ended the day with three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He completely out-shined Giants quarterback Eli Manning even though both quarterbacks ended with one interception on the day. However, not only Manning, but the entire Giants offense was kept out of the end zone.
Newton had a stellar performance this game. He was going up against a solid defense with great players. Newton completed the day with seven rushing attempts for 45 yards and a touchdown on the ground. His rushing touchdown was a powerful five-yard rush up the middle. He was met by several Giants players, but he muscled through and into the end zone. Newton showed a lot of maturity and class throughout the game. His celebrations were brief but well deserved for his performance. After his touchdowns, he elected to gift the football to a lucky fan. Newton struggled with the deep ball in his first two weeks, but he was much more accurate this game. He even threw a 47-yard touchdown bomb to Ted Ginn.
The whole Panthers team played a fantastic game and it showed in the final score. Newton’s outstanding performance makes him the player of the game. The Panthers are now entering the fourth week with a bye. The bye week will definitely give the Panthers enough time to prepare for their next opponent in Week 5. However, this could also ruin the hype they have coming off a massive victory. Either way, the Panthers looked great and played like a team that could easily contend for the playoffs. Newton needs to keep the confidence and passion he had in Week 3 and lead the team to more solid victories. No team has ever made the playoffs after a 0-2 start. However, if Newton and the Panthers continue to perform like they did against the Giants, they easily could make history.