Eye of the Panther

August 18, 2009 6:31 AM

Giants Edge Panthers On Game's Final Play

A bizarre final play decided the game as the New York Giants defeated the Panthers 24-17 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Giants' defensive end Tommie Hill scored on an eighteen-yard fumble return as time expired to win it for New York, rumbling in for the score after plucking a Hunter Cantwell fumble out of the air.

The bizarre ending occurred just moments after Cantwell led the Panthers on a five-play, 88-yard scoring drive that tied the game at 17-17.

The preseason battle between the two NFC powers was a statistical dead-heat as well, with the teams posting virtually identical numbers in passing yards, rushing yards, and total yards.

The Panthers showed flashes of their vaunted running game, with star running back DeAngelo Williams averaging almost five yards per carry (29 yards in 6 carries) and rookie Mike Goodson rushing for 43 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown run.

Starting quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 5 of 9 passes for 38 yards for Carolina, while star wide-receiver Steve Smith did not play in the game due to his right shoulder injury.

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