Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers: Top 5 Games of 2013 #4 vs. New York Giants

With the 2013 season in the rear-view mirror, CatCrave.com has football withdrawals at epic levels right now.  Training camp is still just under a month away, so why not look back at last season’s schedule and pick out the five greatest games from 2013 for our beloved Carolina Panthers.  I need my football fix!

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#4 – Week 3: September 22nd vs. New York Giants

After a rough last second road loss at Buffalo in week two, the Panthers came home to find their pride on a 75-degree Sunday afternoon.  Not only did they find their pride, they also took the honor of ripping away the Giants’ pride in the process.

It was one of those days where everything went right for our Panthers.

Mike Tolbert got us on the board early with a short touchdown run, putting us up 7-0.  A little bit later, the Panthers got the ball back, but Newton was picked off shortly thereafter, giving the ball back to the Giants.  New York looked like they had tied the game back at 7-7 late in the first quarter, but a David Wilson TD run was called back on a holding call.  The G-Men tried to settle for a field goal, but Josh Brown missed the attempt, and it stayed 7-0.

Brandon LaFell and Cam Newton were on the same page often this day as they hooked up for two touchdowns.  LaFell had 53 yards on the day and looked like ’13 was going to be his year where the light finally came on.  Ted Ginn, Jr. had a beautiful 47-yard TD grab late in the game as well, as the Panthers’ receivers were hard to stop on this day.

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DeAngelo Williams had his best rushing game of the season, tallying 120 yards on the ground.  Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert also pounded the rock throughout the day combining for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The theme of the day though, was defense.  In-your-face, frustrating, turnover-inducing defense is what lead to the Panthers’ successful day.

Our front-seven harassed Eli Manning more than a telemarketer during dinner time.  Greg Hardy had a three-sack day, and Manning was taken down four times in the first quarter alone.  Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei both recorded their first sacks of the season, and Melvin White had a picturesque interception of Manning.

This was a day that marked the arrival of our defense.  They looked good against Seattle, but not so much against Buffalo.  After the 38-0 thrashing, the Panthers’ defense had officially arrived for 2013.

It was the worst loss that Tom Coughlin had suffered in the NFL ranks, and it put the Giants in an 0-3 hole.

“It wasn’t pretty, I will say that.  But I don’t believe that they quit.” -Tom Coughlin

Prior to kickoff, this game was heralded as a “must-win” for both teams, as neither wanted to climb out of an 0-3 hole.  Carolina stepped up and opened a floodgate of wins over the next ten weeks.  The Panthers won nine of the next ten games, using this game as a catalyst to their amazing streak of success.

After a conservative start, the energy shifted at Bank of America Stadium on that sunny Sunday.  On this day, the Panthers’ pride was rediscovered, and the Giants were sent home packing.

Final Score :

Carolina – 38     New York – 0

Coming tomorrow – #3 on the list of Top Panther Games of 2013

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