New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) tackles Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in the first half. The Giants defeated the Panthers 36-7 at Bank of America Stadium. (Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a year of replacement officials, it was a pair of New York Giants substitutes who shined on Thursday.
Andre Brown ran for two touchdowns and 113 yards, while Ramses Barden matched his 2011 receptions total with nine catches for 138 yards in the New York Giants' 36-7 thumping of the Carolina Panthers.
Brown was filling in for Ahmad Bradshaw, who injured his neck during the Giants' 41-34 come-from-behind win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Barden got the start after Hakeem Nicks hurt his foot and third-receiver Domenik Hixon suffered a concussion during Sunday's game.
Eli Manning was an efficient 27-of-35 passing for 288 yards and a touchdown for New York (2-1), which dropped its opener to the Dallas Cowboys before prevailing in its next two contests.
Martellus Bennett hauled in six balls for 73 yards and a score in the win.
Cam Newton threw three interceptions and completed just 16-of-30 passes for 242 yards, but did rush for a touchdown, while Greg Olsen racked up 98 yards on seven receptions for the Panthers (1-2), who defeated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
(The Sports Network)