Great Dayne

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Everyone showed up at New York's preseason opener to see what top pick Eli Manning could do. They all left talking about the rejuvenated Ron Dayne, who busted out for two lengthy touchdown runs en route to a 118-yard evening.

"It felt good to be able to get out and run," said Dayne, 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," 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.

As for the game, Jesse Palmer tossed an 11-yard TD pass to David Tyree midway through the fourth quarter to give the Giants the lead for good. A 26-yard TD run by Chris Douglas forged the final score as the Giants topped the Chiefs, 34-24.

"We hung in there and found a way to win it," said Coughlin, who added that it's much easier to "teach off a win."

Both Manning and Kurt Warner, who guided the team the first three series, did some good things, most notably a scrambling Warner connecting with Marcellus Rivers for a 33-yard gain on third-and-25 and Manning leading the team 53 yards to a field goal in the final 1:09 of the first half.

"I made some mistakes – I made some good plays," Manning said after a seven-for-13, 91-yard outing. "I thought I played all right. I didn't turn the ball over. I thought it was a decent first outing."

Both Manning and Coughlin seemed surprised at how often the Chiefs blitzed the rookie QB.

Warner, who completed three-of-seven passes for 49 yards, was pleased with the evening.

"It felt good to just be back on the field," he said. "It felt good to be out there and it felt good to be a Giant."

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 TD runs served as the first time in a long time that things broke Dayne's way.

"Obviously he had a good game," Coughlin said.

Defensively, the Giants didn't exactly blanket the Chiefs receivers and backs, as numerous short passes turned into long gains. Kansas City averaged close to eight yards per pass play.

"The short crosses, the shallow crosses were a problem all game long," Coughlin said.

Will Allen, especially, appeared to have some troubles shaking off the rust from offseason surgery. He looked a step slow on a couple occasions.

"He's coming off his injury and only practicing once a day," Coughlin said. "He's fighting like heck to get back." Game Notes * New starting MLB Nick Greisen didn't last long, leaving the game due to a strained hamstring in the first quarter after only two plays. It seemed like the injury would keep Greisen sidelined for at least a week or so. DE Keith Washington got poked in the eye and did not return. * RB Chris Douglas ran the ball very effectively, posting 47 yards on 10 carries. He signed with the Giants in the spring, was released and then re-signed with New York. Against Kansas City, his 26-yard TD gallop capped Big Blue's comeback from a 10-point deficit. "Since we brought him in here, the kid has done a really good job," Coughlin said. * JaJuan Dawson, who appears to have the roster made, was New York's leading receiver with three catches for 35 yards. * Willie Ponder helped himself out with four kickoff returns for a 27.3-yard average. "He certainly gave us good field position," Coughlin said * Reserve CB Jamaine Winborne made a great play on Chiefs RB Ronnie Cruz, stopping him short of the marker on a fourth-and-short play. * Linebackers led the way in the tackling department, with Wes Mallard (6), Kevin Lewis (5) and Robert Peace (5) topping the charts. * DT Norman Hand posted New York's only sack.

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