The game seemed promising, just like this season, which began with five consecutive victories. Giants record is now 8-7.
Giants won the opening coin toss, and drove 56 yards to Carolina 26, where Eli Manning connected with Steve Smith in the end zone. Unfortunately, the touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty against fullback Madison Hedgecock. Worse, a 16 yard Manning pass was fumbled by Mario Manningham three plays later.
Panthers recovered the ball and took over the game. Carolina led 24-0 at halftime, while Brandon Jacobs had gained one yard on six carries for Giants.
Giants will reach playoffs if they beat Minnesota Vikings next week, and Cowboys lose to Redskins and Eagles.
There are better odds that Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan will be replaced next season.