"It felt good to be able to get out and run," said Dayne, who was inactive for all 16 games last season. "It just felt good to get out and run a little bit."
"That's a plus, no question about that," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "We just asked him to take pride in himself and prove to me that he's a football player. He worked every day from the time I got here, so he has earned that, and I'm glad to see him do well."
On a third-and-one, Dayne was stopped dead to rights, but got away from Shawn Barber's grasp and sprinted 29 yards for New York's first score.
"The guy tried to tackle me high and I just ducked under it and took off," Dayne said.
He followed that up with a 67-yard scoring dash on his next carry. Dayne darted through a huge hole off right tackle created by pulling guard Barry Stokes and outraced Chiefs safety Clint Finley to the end zone.
"Once I get out I don't plan on getting caught," he said.
Dayne still had his troubles in short-yardage situations, being stopped on fourth-and-one near midfield in the third quarter. His final three carries netted him a total of two yards.
"I should have gotten the third-and-one and the fourth-and-one," Dayne said. "I felt bad about that."
However, the spark he showed on his two touchdown runs served as the first time in a long time that things broke Dayne's way.
"Obviously he had a good game," Coughlin said.
A version of this story was originally published on GiantsInsider.com.
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