The Giants defeated the Panthers Week 2 NFL Football Game. Final score?

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Once again the Panthers were on the wrong end of a kicking clinic, losing 19-16 to the New York Giants.

Former Panthers kicker Graham Gano scored a 56-yard field goal with less than four minutes left to put New York up 19-16. The Panthers had a chance to take the lead but kicked off after Baker Mayfield was sacked near midfield with 2:08 left.

Rookie tackle Ikem Ekwonu was beaten to the inside by a blitzing Julian Love, who came down from the free safety position to overload the Panthers offensive line.

Going into the game, Carolina knew the Giants and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale were going to hit Mayfield nearly 50%. Mayfield has been sacked twice and hit four times.

Again, it took the Panthers a while to get going, which is not what coach Matt Rhule neither expected nor wanted after condemning the team’s slow start in Week 1. Carolina traded baskets with the Giants all afternoon. New kicker Eddy Pineiro kicked for 31, 32 and 38 yards. He also made his only point.

Gano hit long kicks from 56, 51, 36 and 33 yards.

The Panthers defense couldn’t have played much better. The Giants gained just 60 yards in the first half and finished with 263.

The Panthers defense held the Giants to two field goals in the first half before DJ Moore scored the game’s first touchdown. Carolina scored in its first game of a three-game series that fell just a minute behind. Quarterback Baker Mayfield joined Moore twice, totaling 45 of 67 yards from the drive.

Mayfield completed 14 of 29 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Moore led all Panthers receivers with three catches for 43 yards.

Neither team played well on third down. The Panthers only converted two of their 12 tries.

It was a feast or a starvation outing from star running back Christian McCaffrey. He gained 128 yards on 19 total touches. He eclipsed 100 yards for the first time since 2019. After only touching the ball 14 times in Week 1, CMC earned a heavier workload, but offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo failed to get him. creatively deploy.

Eventually, McCaffrey escaped. Leading 16-13 with 12:31 left, McCaffrey made a 49-yard inside run – the longest play of the game – and set up a 38-yard field goal by Pineiro.

Containing Giants running back Saquon Barkley was key for Carolina. He touched the ball 21 times for 72 yards, but linebacker Frankie Luvu tackled Barkley well. He had two tackles for a loss and blew up several key plays.

The Panthers pass rush did indeed bother Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. Defensive end Brian Burns had two sacks and several quarterback hits.

Carolina overcame two fumbles in the first quarter (one by Chuba Hubbard on the opening kickoff and the second via Robbie Anderson) to hold a 6-6 tie at halftime.

Several times in the first half, the Panthers defense had to defend short ground.

Both of the Giants’ field goals came on drives that went for just 4 and 25 yards, respectively.

The Panthers have lost nine straight games since last season.

This story was originally published September 18, 2022 4:28 p.m.

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Minnesota native Ellis L. Williams joined the Observer in October 2021 to cover for the Carolina Panthers. Previously, he spent two years reporting on the Browns for Cleveland.com/the Plain Dealer. Having escaped the cold winters, he is delighted to consume football, hoops, music and films in the queen city.

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