For all the hype that this week's Panthers-Giants game brings, we should all cast our eyes back on the last meeting between these two fine teams -- if only for comic relief.
That Dec. 10, 2006 game here was notable for two main reasons.
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That was the day QB Chris Weinke set the team's all-time single-game passing record, with 423 yards on an unthinkable 61 attempts. Jake Delhomme was out with a broken thumb, and they got out of their preferred mode of offense quickly.
It was also the day they fielded perhaps the worst secondary in franchise history.
Starting CBs Ken Lucas and Chris Gamble were out with injuries. That left them with Richard Marshall and Christian Morton. But Morton was hurt early, leaving them with just Dion Byrum to finish the game. That forced aging S Mike Minter to play the slot in their nickel package, leaving them with Colin Branch and Shaun Williams covering the deep middle.
That Eli Manning only threw for 172 yards was a minor miracle, mostly so low because the game was decided early and he was just trying to get out of here.