It’s been a while since we have seen the New York Giants defense having fun on the field. Winning and success will do that to you. After last season's disaster, the New York Giants needed an improved defense. At least for one game, they got it.
The New York Giants defeated the Carolina Panthers 31-18 on Sunday. It wasn’t always pretty, but they will of course take the win in the first game of the season. The offense had its up and down moments, as did the defense, but overall it was a solid performance by the defense that carried the team to victory.
The Giants held the Panthers to just 237 yards of offense, 89 on the ground. Last season when these two teams met, Panthers backup running back Jonathan Stewart ran for over 200 yards. Yesterday, Stewart ran for just 12 yards on five carries while starting running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for just 62 yards on 16 carries.
Panthers quarterback Matt Moore was held in check all game. The Giants intercepted Moore three times, all in the end zone. The defense also recorded four sacks and a fumble recovery.
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