Carolina Panthers

Williams sets touchdown mark

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams set a new team record in the first quarter, and then kept breaking it.

His 13-yard touchdown was his 17th of the season and he tacked on three more for good measure. Sunday was also his eighth straight game with a rushing touchdown, extending his own franchise record in that category as well.

That moved him out his tie with Muhsin Muhammad for the single-season touchdown record. Muhammad held the previous mark with his 16 touchdowns in 2004.

Williams added 5- and 1-yard touchdowns in the second quarter, and a 30-yard blast in the fourth.

He was already the league leader in total touchdowns, but moved ahead of Atlanta's Michael Turner on the rushing touchdown list with his third. He now has 18 on the season.

NO HELP FROM KEMO: The Panthers' first blow of the night came when they realized defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu wasn't going to be able to go. The mammoth nose tackle tested his injured right ankle in pregame warmups, but they weren't satisfied he'd have held up.

Without him, they started Darwin Walker, who wasn't even active last week against Denver. They used Gary Gibson and Nick Hayden in the rotation as well. Hayden was just promoted from the practice squad Saturday.

VINCENT MIGHT NEED SURGERY: Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said before the game that the groin injury suffered by right guard Keydrick Vincent last week was significant, and could require surgery down the road.

Vincent's injury was on the left side, the opposite of what kept him out for parts of two seasons. A sports hernia on his right side landed him on injured reserve for Baltimore in 2006, and kept him from playing much of a role for Arizona the following year.

He had been the Panthers most dependable blocker this season, as prior to the injury he was the only one to take every snap. The 30-year-old's under contract for next season.

Not only was he a solid run-blocker, but he also served as a mentor to rookie right tackle Jeff Otah and second-year center Ryan Kalil.

Geoff Hangartner replaced him in the starting lineup, though Jeremy Bridges was there late in the game as well.

EXTRA POINTS: In addition to Kemoeatu, the Panthers deactivated the following seven players: Defensive end Hilee Taylor, linebacker Adam Seward, cornerback C.J. Wilson, wide receivers D.J. Hackett and Kenny Moore, offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernardeau and third quarterback Matt Moore. ...

The game was cleanly played, with no penalties in the first half. The Giants committed the first at the 8:06 mark of the third quarter. ...

This one became the seventh-coldest game in franchise history, with a kickoff temperature of 33 degrees. Granted, the wind blew around 20 mph all night, making it much colder in terms of wind-chill.

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