CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eli Manning didn't need a scintillating fourth quarter comeback Thursday night.

The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, running back Andre Brown and the rest of the New York Giants were too good for the first three quarters to need one.

Brown ran for a career-high 113 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start and the routed the Carolina Panthers 36-7.

Four days after rallying from 14 points down to beat Tampa Bay, the Giants dominated the first half, scoring on their first four possessions to build a 20-0 lead.

The defending champion Giants (2-1) were without three starters but it hardly mattered.

Brown got the start in place of Ahmad Bradshaw, who sat out with a neck injury. Ramses Barden caught nine passes for a career-high 138 yards in his first NFL start in place of Hakeem Nicks.

Manning completed 27 of 35 passes for 288 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Cam Newton struggled all night and was pressured into three interceptions. The Panthers (1-2) had five turnovers, including two by returner Joe Adams.

Mixing run and pass, the Giants dominated the opening half, outgaining the Panthers 303-125.

Manning completed 19 of 25 passes for 208 yards in the first half, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett to cap the Giants' game-opening drive and set the tone. It capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive and marked the third straight game the Panthers have given up a touchdown on an opponent's first drive.

Brown repeatedly bounced off tacklers and Barden had little trouble getting open against a Carolina defense that failed to pressure Manning.

Brown ran 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown last week against Tampa Bay and surpassed that total by the end of the first quarter with 77 yards on seven.

Barden had 123 yards on seven carries at halftime.

Before Thursday night, the fourth-year receiver had never managed more than nine catches for 94 yards receiving in a season.

Any hopes that the Panthers would turn things around in the second half were slowed when rookie returner Joe Adams of the ball on the opening kickoff resulting in another field goal for Lawrence Tynes.

The Panthers didn't get on the board until midway through the third quarter when Newton leaped over the pile from a yard out.

NOTES: For the third straight week Carolina receiver Steve Smith sparred with an opposing cornerback during the game. This week's victim was Corey Webster. ... Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart missed his second game of the season because of a toe injury. The Panthers also were without tackle Byron Bell. ... The Panthers honored Olympic gold medal swimmers Cullen Jones and Ricky Berens.

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  • Victor Cruz, Jon Beason

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs after a catch as Carolina Panthers linebackers Jon Beason (52) and James Anderson (50) defend during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Eli Manning, Dwan Edwards

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (92) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Victor Cruz

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) warms up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Eli Manning

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Andre Brown, James Anderson

    New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) rushes through a tackle from Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson (50) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Tom Coughlin

    New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin watches during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • DeAngelo Williams, Osi Umenyiora

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  • Martellus Bennett

    New York Giants wide receiver Martellus Bennett (85) celebrates after his touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Ramses Barden, Luke Kuechly

    New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden (13) tries to break a tackle from Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Andre Brown, Josh Norman

    New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) rushes as Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Cam Newton, Jason Pierre-Paul

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Cam Newton, Linval Joseph

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass under pressure from New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph (97) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Jayron Hosley, Brandon LaFell

    New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley (28) intercepts a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Cam Newton, Osi Umenyiora

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (72) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Andre Brown, Josh Norman

    New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) reaches in vain for the goal line as Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) and safety Haruki Nakamura (43) defend during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Cam Newton, Justin Tuck

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass under pressure from New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Michael Boley

    Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants celebrates with teammates after making an interception against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Eli Manning

    Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Eli Manning

    Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Eli Manning

    Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Andre Brown

    Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants breaks away from Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers for a long gain during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Michael Boley, Steve Smith

    Officials separate Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants and Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers as the scuffle after a play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Martellus Bennett

    Martellus Bennett #85 of the New York Giants makes a reception in the first half against Chris Gamble #20 and James Anderson #50 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Jayron Hosley

    Jayron Hosley #28 of the New York Giants intercepts a pass in the second quarter against Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Victor Cruz

    Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants makes a catch as Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers defends during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Ramses Barden

    Ramses Barden #13 of the New York Giants stiff-arms Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Andre Brown

    Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants is knocked out of bounds by Charles Godfrey #30 and Haruki Nakamura #43 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Andre Brown

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  • Cam Newton

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  • Tom Coughlin

    Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants reacts to a call during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Cam Newton

    Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers dives for a touchdown against the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Cam Newton

    Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to pass against the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.