"I don't think they were overly more physical than anyone else we've played," Barber said. "I think they just had a good scheme. In some ways we were out-coached. They had more intensity than we did."
The Panthers bottled up Barber like no one else has this season, holding the Giants' MVP to 41 rushing yards. v
Eli Manning looked every bit the part of a youngster making his first-ever postseason start. He completed only 10 passes and was picked off three times, finishing with a 35.0 rating.
"It is shocking," Manning said. "We haven't had a performance like this before. I am upset. Today I didn't play well. I made too many mistakes for us to win the game."
The Panthers were consistently better in all facets of the game, and the Giants had no answer for star receiver Steve Smith, who only had 84 yards on 10 catches, but scored the game's only two touchdowns.
The Panthers also dominated on the ground, rolling up 223 rushing yards and controlling the ball for 42:45.
In all, it was about as thorough a beating as one playoff club could give another.
"It was a good old-fashioned ass whipping," Archie Manning said. "That's what it was."
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