Turning point: In a tight contest midway through the third period, the Giants turned to their horse – Tiki Barber – to make a play. Boy did he ever respond. Barber took the ball on a first-and-10 from the New York 8-yard line and burst around right tackle and up the right sideline. It wasn't until 55 yards later that Chiefs safety Greg Wesley was able to bring him down from behind. Barber's long jaunt set up a Jay Feely field goal that gave Big Blue a 13-10 lead and much-needed momentum.
Play to remember: With the Giants offense struggling mightily through the first quarter and a half, Tiki Barber took things into his own hands and feet on a 41-yard TD run. Barber swept toward the left sideline, breaking several tackles along the way. His last challenge was Sammy Knight, whom Barber eluded at the sideline inside the 20-yard line, before prancing into the end zone with New York's first points of the game.
Play to forget: With the game knotted at 10 in the third period, the Giants were threatening. On a third-and-seven from the KC 32, Eli Manning had Plaxico Burress open streaking toward the end zone. But Manning badly underthrew the pass and Dexter McCleon picked it off at the Chiefs 2-yard line.
By the numbers
7: Consecutive games in which Chiefs running back Larry Johnson has topped the 100-yard mark.
9: Number of tackles by rookie free agent LB Chase Blackburn, who was making his first career start.
55: Years that Gene "Choo Choo" Roberts' single-game rushing mark of 218 yards stood until Tiki Barber topped it against the Chiefs.
122: Number of carries in between touchdown runs for Tiki Barber.
What they said
"That was a good old-fashioned butt whipping. They got after us and they whipped us soundly in every way. They out-coached us, they out-played us, and they out-everythinged us. I don't think it was ever quite as close as the score indicated…When someone sets an NFL or a career rushing record against what we thought was a very sound defense…We weren't worth a damn. I was not worth a damn and nobody else was worth a damn." – Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil
"The crowd was great again, I can't salute them enough. The 12th man was there again for our team today. Our defensive players really look for that and it helps. You saw the illegal procedure penalties and most of that can be attributed to our fans." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin
What went right
The Giants supposedly patchwork offensive line held together like Duco cement, blowing open holes for Tiki Barber all afternoon. Playing without both starting tackles, Big Blue's O-line was no worse for wear.
The Giants defense had a great gameplan to stop the high-powered Chiefs offense. While Larry Johnson got his yards, he didn't eat up New York as he has basically everybody else this season.
Yes, they still had seven penalties for 70 yards, but for seemingly the first time since Tom Coughlin took over, New York didn't significantly hurt themselves with excessive yellow hankies.
New York was able to hold the game's most dangerous return man, Dante Hall, in check, allowing him only 114 yards on seven kick and punt returns.
What went wrong
Eli Manning again looked like a run-of-the-mill second-year QB and not the blood relative of Peyton and Archie. It's hard to put a finger on exactly what's wrong with Manning at this point, but something's definitely not right.
Once again, New York's receivers dropped their fair share of passes, including Jeremy Shockey on the game's third play.
While the offense scored plenty enough to win, they did have to settle for three on their only trip into the red zone.