Quarterback Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to a 38-0 thumping of the slumping New York Giants in NFL action over the weekend.

"What happened last week, what happened the week before, with us leading at halftime; we just wanted to be thorough throughout this game," Newton said. "That's what we did."

Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score Sunday as the Panthers (1-2) left the 0-3 Giants with their worst loss since Tom Coughlin became New York's head coach in 2004.

"We'll reload and we're going to fight every step of the way. We're going to give it everything we've got. We're going (to) battle and we're going to be competitive and try as hard as we can," Coughlin said after the game.

The Panthers finished the game with the biggest margin of victory in franchise history and took a step toward saving the job of head coach Ron Rivera, who was on the hot seat after an 0-2 start.

"Winning a game like this, they deserve it," Rivera said. "These guys have been through a lot the last three seasons, so to win a game like this against a team like that - a team coached by Tom Coughlin - says something about who they are."

Newton was able to execute the read option offense, allowing the Panthers to open up the scoring after struggling in losses to the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.

The Panthers QB finished 15 of 27 for 223 yards, with TD passes to wide receivers Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr., and he ran for a 45-yard score, his first rushing touchdown of the season.

The Giants, who entered the game reeling from losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, are in deep trouble.

Of the 161 National Football League teams that started the season 0-3 since 1978, only five made the playoffs.

The Giants' offensive line struggled all game long to protect quarterback Eli Manning, who was sacked seven times.

Manning ended the game with 12 completions on 23 attempts for just 119 yards and no touchdowns.

The New York QB also threw a pick, leaving him with a quarterback passer rating of 49.0, compared to Newton's 104.4.

"We are a desperate football team right now," Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck said. EFE