Panthers out to early lead after fourth-down call

AP

Double checks uniforms. Yep, it’s the Panthers.

Carolina’s out to a 7-0 lead over the Giants, thanks to Cam Newton doing good things and his madcap head coach rolling the dice.

Fullback Mike Tolbert converted a fourth-and-inches for a touchdown, a rare call for a head coach who has leaned more conservative than Jesse Helms when it comes to game-management decisions. It was also their first points in the first quarter of a game this season.

The Panthers came into the game with a banged up secondary, but the Giants can’t get to it. Eli Manning has been sacked four times already, and they’re not finding much room to run.