- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As we get ready for Thursday night’s game between the Panthers and Giants, let’s turn to ESPN Stats & Information for some numbers on Carolina and New York.
Eli Manning threw for 510 yards in Sunday’s victory against Tampa Bay. The last Giants quarterback to throw for 500 yards in a game was Phil Simms with 513 in 1985. Simms followed that up with 196 passing yards in his next game.
The Giants will be without injured receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw. So far this season Nicks and Bradshaw have accounted for 39.6 percent of the team’s total yards from scrimmage. Last season, Nicks and Bradshaw accounted for 34.4 percent of the Giants’ total yards from scrimmage.
There have been 20 quarterbacks taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft (since 1967). Carolina’s Cam Newton will become just the third to face off against the defending Super Bowl champion in each of his first two seasons. Newton and the Panthers lost to Green Bay last year. The only other two No. 1 overall draft picks to face Super Bowl champions in each of their first two seasons were Sam Bradford and Terry Bradshaw (Bradshaw didn’t start, but came off the bench in a 1970 game against Kansas City). Both went 0-2.