Carolina just scored again early in the third quarter on a 27-yard TD pass from the sizzling hot Matt Moore to Steve Smith, but the play came with a cost.
Smith took a couple of hard hits in the end zone, and he didn't celebrate the TD much at all. Instead, he was in obvious pain and appeared to be holding his wrist. He was driven off the field shortly after that and has apparently gone for X-rays. It has officially been announced as a "left arm injury" with Smith's return described as questionable, but I'd be stunned if he came back, given the score.
In the meantime, there's no longer any question who's going to win this game -- only the score is in question. The Panthers' 31-3 lead is no fluke, as they are dominating the Giants (just as they did the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday) in every aspect. The Giants did finally get on the board with a 40-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, which earned a derisive Bronx cheer from the Giants fans.
Carolina took the opening drive of the second half and went 71 yards in only four plays. Besides the TD, Jonathan Stewart had a 30-yard run on the drive. We'll keep you updated on Steve Smith's injury.