"We went out there with a lot of energy," LB Antonio Piece said. "We were excited to get out there and hit somebody else beside ourself. We did a good job of getting three-and-outs. It was just good to be out here under these conditions in this weather against a real opponent. Defensively, we did a good job for our first time out."
Ahmad Bradshaw, who was the offensive star of the early going, belted a pair of defenders en route to a 19-yard TD run for the game's first points. He followed a nice block by Tutan Reyes.
"We ran the ball really well, hit a couple passes and we got a touchdown," Eli Manning said. "That is always the goal. We did a nice job with it, so I thought we were effective as the first group."
In the second quarter, Carolina LB James Anderson came through free and blocked Jeff Feagles' punt late in the second quarter, resulting in a safety for the Panthers.
Rookie free agent DE Maurice Evans forced a fumble late in the half that set up a 36-yard screen catch-and-run TD by Danny Ware, which gave New York a 14-2 halftime lead.
Injury list a mile long
Needless to say Tom Coughlin wasn't going to put anyone with even the slightest injury in harm's way against the Panthers. More than a half-dozen starters were held out of the lineup as were numerous other key players. Here's the list of substitute starters and the players they were replacing. Tutan Reyes replaced Rich Seubert at LG, Kevin Boothe replaced Chris Snee at RG, Sinorice Moss replaced Steve Smith at WR, Jay Alford replaced Fred Robbins at DT, Bryan Kehl replaced Michael Boley at WLB, Kevin Dockery replaced Corey Webster at CB and Terrell Thomas replaced Aaron Ross at the other CB spot.
Other players out of action against Carolina included RB Andre Brown, DT Rocky Bernard and DT Chris Canty.
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