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! Notes and statistics from the Giants' 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

*The Giants won their second game in a row to improve to improve to 2-1. They next play on Sept. 30 at Philadelphia.

*The 29-point margin of victory was their largest since a 41-7 triumph at Seattle on Nov. 7, 2010.

*Carolina's seven points were the fewest allowed by the Giants in a regular-season game since a 21-3 victory over Minnesota in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2010. They beat Atlanta, 24-2, in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Game.

*The Giants improved to 49-34-5 in road openers. The 49 victories in road openers are the second-most in NFL history. Green Bay, which plays its first road game Monday night in Seattle, has 53.

*The Giants' have the third-highest winning percentage in road openers in NFL history: Dallas 33-20 (.623); Green Bay 53-36-2 (.596); the Giants 49-34-5 (.586).

*The Giants improved to 13-6-3 in Thursday games.

*The Giants rushed for 125 yards, their highest total in a regular-season game since they ran for 213 yards vs. Minnesota on Dec. 13, 2010. They rushed for 172 yards in their NFC Wild Card Game victory over Atlanta on Jan. 8. The Giants had played 21 consecutive regular-season games without rushing for 125 yards, which had been the NFL's longest active streak.

*The Giants' time of possession of 36:10 was their highest in a regular-season game since they owned the ball for 37:51 in vs. Dallas on Nov. 14, 2010.

*The Giants' 20-0 halftime lead was their largest since they led Dallas, 21-0, after two quarters in the 2011 season finale. It was their largest halftime lead on the road since they were ahead at Seattle, 35-0, on Nov. 7, 2010.

*The Giants' 23-0 lead before allowing a score was their largest since they jumped ahead of Washington, 28-0, on Dec. 5, 2010. They won that game, 31-7.

*The Giants scored a touchdown on the game's first series when Eli Manning threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett, ending a streak of 10 consecutive games, including four in the postseason, in which they did not reach the end zone the first time they had the ball. It was the Giants' first touchdown on their opening offensive series since Dec. 4, 2011, when another tight end, Travis Beckum, scored on a 67-yard catch-and-run. Under Tom Coughlin, the Giants are 19-10 in games in which they score a touchdown on their first offensive possession.

*The Giants had no turnovers and five takeaways. They have won their last eight regular-season games – and 11 overall, including playoff games – in which they did not have an offensive turnover.

*The Giants' five takeaways was their highest total since they had six vs. Washington on Dec. 5, 2010. The Panthers had five turnovers for the first time since their 2010 season opener – against the Giants in MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants intercepted three passes for the first time since Nov. 20, 2011 vs. Philadelphia.

*Four days after the Panthers rushed for 219 yards and a 5.3-yard average vs. New Orleans, they were held to 60 yards and a 3.0-yard average by the Giants defense.

*Eli Manning completed 77.1 percent of his passes (27 of 35), the second-highest rate in his career for a full game. His career-high of 78.9 percent (26 of 33) was set at Arizona on Nov. 23, 2008.

*In his last five quarters, including the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay game, Manning has completed 35 of 48 passes for 531 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 129.8 passer rating.

*Manning's 288 passing yards increased his career total to 28,590. He passed Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (28,339), Trent Green (28,474) and Chris Chandler (28,484) and moved into 42nd place on the NFL's all-time list.

*David Carr relieved Manning in the fourth quarter and completed one of two passes for four yards to Martellus Bennett. They were Carr's first regular-season passes since Oct. 24, 2010, when he completed five of 14 throws for San Francisco – ironically, at Carolina.

*Carr became the first Giants quarterback other than Manning to throw a regular-season pass since…Carr, who completed three of five throws at Minnesota in the 2009 finale on Jan. 3, 2010.

*Because of injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks, respectively, running back Andre Brown and wide receiver Ramses Barden started for the first time in their NFL careers. Brown and Barden both had spectacular games.

Brown rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries, a 5.7-yard average, and scored two touchdowns. It was the highest total by a Giants back making his starting debut since Dec. 5, 1999, when Joe Montgomery rushed for 111 yards in a victory over the Jets.

*Brown was the Giants' first 100-yard rusher since Brandon Jacobs ran for 101 yards at Dallas on Dec. 11, 2011.

*Brown's 113 rushing yards was the highest total by a Giants back since Jacobs ran for 116 vs. the Vikings in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2010.

*Brown is the first Giant to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Bradshaw did it at the Jets on Dec. 24, 2011.

*Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards. The fourth-year pro entered the game with career totals of 16 receptions for 198 yards.

*Barden was the third Giant with at least 135 receiving yards in two games. In the victory over Tampa Bay, Nicks had 199 yards and Victor Cruz added 179.

*This was the first game in which the Giants had both a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver since Dec. 11, 2011 at Dallas, where Jacobs ran for 101 yards and Nicks had 163 yards on eight catches.

*Rueben Randle, the Giants' second-round draft choice this year, had his first career reception, a four-yarder.

*Martellus Bennett had six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Bennett has scored a touchdown in each of the Giants' first three games after scoring four in four years with Dallas – all of them in his 2008 rookie season. Bennett has 15 receptions for 185 yards. He finished the 2011 season with 17 catches for 144 yards.

*Linebacker Michael Boley intercepted his third pass in as many games. He is the first Giant with an interception in each of the season's first three games since Terry Jackson in 1978.

*The three picks are a career-high for Boley with 81 percent of the schedule still to be played. He had two picks in both 2006 and 2007 with Atlanta.

*Osi Umenyiora tackled Cam Newton for a nine-yard loss and his first sack of the season.

*Jason Pierre-Paul and Boley shared the Giants' other sack.

*Two Giants had their first career interceptions: third-year pro Stevie Brown, who previously played for Oakland and Indianapolis, and rookie Jayron Hosley. Brown returned his 44 yards, while Hosley was hit and brought down immediately.

*Defensive tackle Marvin Austin made his NFL regular-season debut, but was not credited with a tackle.

*Lawrence Tynes kicked a career-high five field goals – from 47, 49, 30, 36 and 27 yards. He is the seventh player in Giants history to kick at least five field goals in a game. The team record of six was set by Joe Danelo at Seattle on Oct. 18, 1981.

*Tynes' previous career high was four field goals on Nov. 27, 2005 for Kansas City vs. New England and Sept. 20, 2009 for the Giants at Dallas.

*Tynes 49-yard field was his longest since he kicked a 50-yarder vs. Green Bay on Dec. 4, 2011.

*Tynes kicked two field goals of at least 40 yards in a game for the first time since Oct. 10, 2010 at Houston, where he booted three-pointers of 45 and 42 yards.

*The Giants played without four key offensive players, including three starters – Bradshaw (neck), Nicks (foot), and tackle David Diehl (knee), plus third wideout Domenik Hixon (concussion). With rookie tight end Adrien Robinson inactive, the Giants had only 20 offensive players in uniform.

*Nicks missed the seventh regular-season game of his four-year career and first since Nov. 6 2011 at New England. Bradshaw missed four games last season with a foot injury. Diehl was sidelined for the first time since he missed four games in the 2010 season with hip and hamstring injuries. Those were the first games he couldn't play in his career. Diehl has played in 142 of 147 regular-season games since joining the Giants in 2004. Hixon was limited to two games in 2010-11 because of torn knee ligaments.

*The Giants continue to suffer injuries in their hard-hit defensive backfield. Corey Webster broke his right hand, but returned to action wearing a cast and said he wouldn't miss any playing time. Rookie corner Jayron Hosley, who started his second straight game, left early with a hamstring injury. Late in the game, safety Antrel Rolle collided with a photographer on the sideline. Rolle said X-rays were negative and he had suffered only a laceration and contusion. "I don't think it's too serious," he said.

Also inactive were cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring), who started the season opener vs. Dallas, and rookie defensive end Adewale Ojomo (hamstring).

Prince Amukamara was active for the first time this season, but rookie Jayron Hosley started for the second game in a row at right corner.

Two second-year players – running back Da'Rel Scott and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan - were in uniform for the first time this season. Scott had six rushing attempts for nine yards late in the game.

*The Giants' game captains were Corey Webster and Kevin Boothe. They joined season-long captains, Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie for the coin toss.


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