Carolina stormed right back on its first possession, scoring on a 13-yard TD burst by DeAngelo (Should Have Made the Pro Bowl) Williams for an early 7-3 lead with 6:16 still left in the first quarter.
The Panthers' drive came up all sevens: 77 yards in seven plays. Steve Smith made the biggest play, going 35 yards on a beautiful deep throw from Jake Delhomme that got the ball down to the Giants' 11. Smith also had a short screen pass from Delhomme that went for 23 yards on a third-and-3 and actually was deemed a run, since the ball was thrown backwards.
On the TD, Williams burst straight up the middle and was practically untouched. It was about as auspicious start as the Panthers' offense -- which has scored at least 28 points in the past 5 games -- could have hoped for.