Game Notes: Giants 27, Chiefs 16

KANSAS CITY – This doesn't happen often. Since 1990, 108 times teams have ventured out on a three-game road trip, something that doesn't happen often in the NFL. Even rarer is a team returning home with a 3-0 record after winning all three games.

The Giants accomplished that feat with their 27-16 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Previously, the Giants won in the first-ever game at Cowboys Stadium and then beat up on the Buccaneers in Tampa.

"I am proud of that, proud of the players and coaches,'' said Tom Coughlin, whose Jaguars accomplished that same feat back in 2001.

"It's no secret, we're preparing for it during the week, we do a great job with the crowd noise, the speakers in practice, that really helps us get ready for the elements and the environment we're going to be in,'' center Shaun O'Hara said…

For two full games, the Giants came close on defense but registered no sacks. Then they spent the first half in the same predicament.

"We knew it was going to happen, we just didn't know when,'' DE Mathias Kiwanuka said.

It finally happened, as the Giants in the second half put up five sacks of Matt Cassel. Michael Boley, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Rocky Bernard and Kiwanuka all broke through.

"Without taking our focus away from winning the game that's probably the second most important thing for a defensive lineman, that's what we're here for,'' Kiwanuka said. "The only way you judge pass rushers is by sacks. It was definitely very important, it was a point of emphasis, we're glad that whole chapter is over.''…

Rookie WR Hakeem Nicks made his first career NFL touchdown one to remember, taking a swing pass 54 yards, using his huge strides to break free down the left sideline. At the 3-yard line Nicks stopped suddenly, completely faking out CB Maurice Leggett.

"I was debating if I was going to race him to the end zone or try to cut back,'' said Nicks, who did not play the past two games because of a sore foot…

It was an uneven showing for WR Mario Manningham. He dropped three passes in the first half and the one reception he did have went for 43 yards but came only after he juggled the ball and bobbled it back into his own hands. One drop proved extremely costly when Manningham on a first-quarter slant deflected the ball into the air and directly into the hands of cornerback Brandon Flowers for Eli Manning's only interception. … Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride dialed up some trickery early in the third quarter. On fourth-and-3 from the Chiefs 35 Manning lined up in the shotgun and faked getting the ball as it was directly snapped to Ahmad Bradshaw. He sped for nine yards and the first down. … Whatever is ailing K Lawrence Tynes hasn't yet been cured. He hit field goals of 25 and 40 yards but then missed wide right on a 38-yard attempt in the third quarter. … The start couldn't have been worse for the Chiefs. … TE Kevin Boss appeared to injure his right ankle on his 24-yard reception in the closing seconds of the first half and left Arrowhead Stadium walking with a pronounced limp.

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