Jim Mancari, ContributorEach week, I will be taking a look at the Giants’ media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.
The Giants head to Carolina to take on the Panthers Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in what is shaping up to be a must-win game for Big Blue.
The Giants are 4-3 in seven regular season meetings against Carolina. Last season, the G-Men pounded the Panthers 36-7 in Carolina and will be looking for a similar effort this weekend.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- Eli Manning has thrown for 812 yards, second in the NFL only to Aaron Rodgers. That total is the highest two-game total of Manning’s career. However, he leads the NFL with seven interceptions through two games.
- In the last match-up with these two teams, Manning recorded a 77.1 completion percentage on 27-of-35 passing.
- The Giants have less total rushing yards (73) than points allowed (77) this season.
- Tom Coughlin is 6-1 in his career against the Panthers. All six wins came in the regular season, and the one loss came in the playoffs.
Here are some Giants-Panthers connections:
- A familiar face, middle linebacker Chase Blackburn, is now a Carolina Panther. He spent eight years in blue and recorded a career-high 97 tackles last season. He has only appeared in one of the Panthers’ two games this season, recording one tackle.
- Domenik Hixon will look to make his season debut for the Panthers against his former team. Like has been the case his whole career, injuries (hamstring) have kept him off the field to start this season. Carolina is looking for him to emerge as a weapon alongside Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Greg Olsen and Ted Ginn. He is expected to play this weekend.
Other Giants’ notes:
- Hakeem Nicks returns to the state where he started all 36 of his games for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He set 14 school records, including catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches.
- In Week 1 of 2010, Nicks had three touchdown catches against the Panthers. He is now one touchdown reception away from 20 career touchdown catches.
- The last time the Giants started a season 0-2 was 2007, the year the team won the first of its two recent Super Bowls. After those two losses, Big Blue won its next six games.
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