CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton threw touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell on consecutive possessions and the Carolina Panthers didn't need to withstand any late-game threats this time, trouncing the New York Giants 38-0 on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.
Newton finished with three touchdown passes and another touchdown on the ground as the Panthers (1-2) avoided their third 0-3 start in a five-year span.
The Giants (0-3), with at least eight victories in every season since a 6-10 mark in 2004, are winless through three games for the first time since 1996 -- before Tom Coughlin became coach.
This result ought to alleviate scrutiny on embattled Carolina coach Ron Rivera.
A week after losing in the final seconds at the Buffalo Bills, the Panthers played a solid first half and then pulled away. They posted their first shutout since 2008, a 34-0 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams gained 120 yards on 23 carries.
The Panthers, needing to compensate for an injury-ravaged secondary, made four first-quarter sacks of Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
The Giants had 18 yards of first-half offense and 66 yards through three quarters.
Manning was held to 119 passing yards in the game, completing 12 of 23 throws with one interception. He didn't play on New York's last possession with less than two minutes to play.
Newton completed 15 of 27 passes for 223 yards.
Aaron Ross' interception of Newton, with a 9-yard return, set up the Giants at the Carolina 17 early in the second quarter. A holding penalty on offensive tackle Will Beatty wiped out a touchdown run and then Manning was sacked before the Giants got back into field goal range. It didn't matter because Josh Brown was wide left on a 38-yard attempt.
The Panthers then went 10 plays, extending their lead to 10-0 on Graham Gano's 53-yard field goal.
The Newton-to-LaFell touchdown combination occurred twice in a seven-play stretch.
Newton threw 16 yards to LaFell with 12 seconds to play in the first half on a third-and-12 snap.
Newton connected with LaFell for a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half.
Melvin White intercepted Manning on New York's next possession, with Carolina converting on Newton's 3-yard run to complete a 38-yard march.
After a roughing-the-punter penalty allowed the Panthers to keep the ball in the fourth quarter, Newton lofted a 47-yard scoring strike to Ted Ginn Jr.
The Panthers scored first on Mike Tolbert's 2-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play late in the first quarter.
NOTES: The Panthers lead the all-time series 5-4. ... The Giants won 36-7 last year against the Panthers in the same stadium. ... Giants FB Henry Hynoski went out with a shoulder injury on the game's opening possession and didn't return. The injury came as Hynoski had his first catch of the season on a 5-yard gain. ... The Giants go to Kansas City next week for their third road game in the first four weeks of the season. ... The Panthers have their open date on the schedule next week before visiting Arizona on Oct. 6.