It might be a long time before the NFL Network brings its cameras and production trucks back to Charlotte.
The Panthers proved theyre not yet ready for prime time Thursday in a 36-7 loss to the reigning Super Bowl-champion New York Giants in front of a near-capacity crowd at Bank of America Stadium.
It was the first prime-time game at home since 2009 for the Panthers (1-2), who have dropped seven in a row when facing the reigning Super Bowl winner.
The Giants (2-1) won their second consecutive game after a Week 1 loss to Dallas.
Carolina was never in contention. The Panthers allowed the Giants to score on their first four possessions and fell behind 20-0 at halftime.
The Panthers had five turnovers, including three interceptions by Cam Newton. They still have never won a game in which Newton has thrown an interception, falling to 0-11.
Newton completed 16 of 30 passes for 242 yards, and finished with a passer rating of 40.6, the worst of his career.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning, fresh from his 510-yard passing game against Tampa Bay, completed 27 of 35 for 288 yards and a touchdown.
Former N.C. State and one-time Panthers running back Andre Brown, subbing for Ahmad Bradshaw, rushed 20 times for a career-high 113 yards and two touchdowns.
New York racked up 303 yards in the first half, compared to 125 for the Panthers. The Giants finished with 417 yards, despite playing without three offensive starters wideout and Charlotte product Hakeem Nicks, Bradshaw and right tackle David Diehl.
Newtons 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the Panthers lone score.
He threw two bad passes after the Panthers had driven to the Giants 39 on their deepest penetration of the first half. After bouncing a ball to tight end Greg Olsen, Newton threw behind Brandon LaFell.
The ball bounced off LaFells hand and was picked off by cornerback Jayron Hosley.
The second half started off just as badly when Joe Adams fumbled the kickoff and the Giants recovered at the Carolina 19. The Panthers drafted Adams to be their punt returner, but they continue to use him as their kick returner, too. He averaged 20.4 yards on five kick returns Thursday.
Adams fumble led to the third of Lawrence Tynes five field goals, padding the Giants lead to 23-0.
After Newton airmailed a pass that linebacker Michael Boley picked off with 13 minutes, 31 seconds left in the game, a steady stream of Panthers fans made their way out of the stadium and back to their tailgates or home.
The stadium was nearly full for the start. But the energy quickly was sucked out of it.
For the third consecutive week, the Panthers allowed an 80-yard touchdown drive on their first series on defense. Brown, who was with the Panthers briefly in 2010, had the biggest play of the drive a 31-yard run after breaking a tackle by linebacker Jon Beason.
Manning, who was 4-for-5 on the opening drive, capped it with a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett.