The New York Giants just steamrolled the Carolina defense in overtime on an 87-yard drive to end the game in overtime with a 34-28 victory.
The Panthers' defense really let them down at the end of this one, allowing backup New York Giants' RB Derrick Ward to rush for an astounding 216 yards -- including a 51-yarder in overtime that broke the game open. The Giants went 87 yards in six plays on the big overtime drive, which came after both teams went 3-and-out on their first overtime possession (and after John Kasay missed a 50-yard field goal at the end of regulation that would have won it).
The Panthers now must beat New Orleans Sunday to be assured of the No.2 seed in the NFC East and a first-round playoff bye.
The Giants have clinched the No.1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. These two teams could very well meet again on Jan.18 in the NFC title game -- they showed tonight they are the class of the NFC in what was an absolutely thrilling game that undoubtedly drew huge ratings -- but also broke a lot of Panther fans' hearts.