Eli Manning threw a pass behind WR Mario Manningham on a second-and-five play from Kansas City's 21 late in the first quarter. LCB Brandon Flowers intercepted the pass off Manningham's shoulder pad at the Chiefs' 15. That turnover cost the Giants a chance to move in front at least 10-3. Manning scrambled around long enough to find WR Steve Smith for a 6-yard gain on a third-and-five play from Kansas City's 11 on the Giants' first drive of the game. That play enabled them to go ahead 7-0 two plays later, rather than settling for a FG. Bottom Line: Manning's passer rating was 104 and he threw three touchdown passes.
After gaining just 12 yards on his first five carries, Brandon Jacobs found a hole through the right side and broke two tackles to gain 16 yards on a second-and-10 play from the Giants' 20 in the first quarter. That set the tone for the rest of the game for Jacobs (21 carries, 92 yards). Ahmad Bradshaw gained 11 yards on two carries during the drive that resulted in the Giants taking a 14-3 advantage early in the second quarter. Bottom Line: They rushed for 156 yards.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
WR Hakeem Nicks turned what could've been just a 10-yard gain into a 54-yard touchdown along the Chiefs' sideline with 13:17 left in the game. He made two Kansas City defenders miss around midfield, then had the presence of mind to stop short near Kansas City's 5 and make nickel CB Maurice Leggett run right past him. Though two of the balls were thrown behind him, WR Mario Manningham mishandled three straight throws to him late in the first quarter. He dropped the first one, recovered to catch the second one for a 43-yard gain and the third resulted in an interception. Bottom Line: Steve Smith continued his strong start (11 catches, 2 TDs).
If LG Rich Seubert didn't help TE Kevin Boss to his feet, an injured Boss wouldn't have been able to line up in time for the Giants to spike the ball at Kansas City's 7. Stopping the clock enabled the Giants to add to their lead on the last play of the second quarter, on a 25-yard FG by Lawrence Tynes. ROLB Tamba Hali blew by LT David Diehl to sack and strip Manning on a third-and-five play from the Giants' 44 midway through the first quarter. RDE Glenn Dorsey recovered the fumble at the Giants' 36. Bottom Line: They had an average day.
LDE Justin Tuck finished off QB Matt Cassel for a 9-yard sack that caused Cassel to fumble early in third quarter. Kansas City LG Brian Waters recovered the ball, but the play backed the Chiefs into a third-and-18 situation from their own 16. DT Rocky Bernard's 16-yard sack pushed the Chiefs into a third-and-27 predicament from their own 15 late in the fourth quarter and eliminated any chance Kansas City had to make the ending interesting. Bottom Line: They sacked Cassel five times and hurried him six times.
WLB Michael Boley ran around RG Mike Goff to drop Cassel for a 4-yard sack early in the third quarter. MLB Antonio Pierce dropped RB Larry Johnson for a 1-yard loss on a second-and-goal play from the Giants' 1 in the fourth quarter. Later in the fourth, Pierce dumped Johnson in Kansas City's backfield for a 6-yard loss. Bottom Line: Boley looked like he was worth the money in this game.
On a second-and-seven play from Kansas City's 45 late in the third quarter, RCB Terrell Thomas broke up a pass intended for TE Sean Ryan that would've accounted for a first down, when the Chiefs still had a chance to make the game competitive. Bottom Line: The Chiefs' four receivers caught just seven passes combined.
WLB Bryan Kehl scooped up KR Jamaal Charles' fumble on the opening kickoff at Kansas City's 16. The Giants went ahead 7-0 five plays later and never looked back. K Lawrence Tynes pushed a 38-yard FG attempt to the right late in the third quarter. Bottom Line: Tynes has missed a FG inside of 40 yards in three straight games.
It cost the Giants a timeout, but Tom Coughlin made a good decision in challenging what was ultimately ruled an incomplete pass to Mario Manningham at the 6:11 mark of the second quarter. Manningham seemed to maintain possession long enough to get credit for what would've been a first-down catch, before the ball came loose as he turned over on the field. Bottom Line: They're 4-0 and have won three straight road games.
X's and O's: Giants 27, Chiefs 16
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