Posted: 4:18 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
By James Dator
The Giants are 0-4 for the first time since the 1987 season as Eli Manning was unable to lead his team back from a three-point halftime deficit. The Kansas City Chiefs used a methodical offense to reach the elusive 4-0 mark, something the organization hasn't done since 2003.
Inconsistency doomed a Giants' offense that saw big gains, but also far too many stalled drives. Manning didn't help his team, giving up a costly fumble and interception. New York finished 1-13 on third down, as the Giants were hurt by poor running back play when needed in short situations. David Wilson managed just 55 yards rushing, while the defense was unable to pressure Smith, sacking him once.
Smith threw his first and second interceptions of the season, but the mistakes weren't enough to derail the offense. He's used to playing the role of game manager and mitigating the mistakes of his teammates, but at Arrowhead on Sunday it was the ancillary cast who stepped up for Smith. A freak interception was quickly shrugged off as Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89-yards for a touchdown, securing the victory. This was followed by two more Alex Smith touchdown passes to put the exclamation point on the day.
The New York Giants lost two defensive ends late in the game with both Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul leaving the field.
Victor Cruz had an excellent day, despite the Giants' loss. He finished with 164 yards receiving and a touchdown
The Kansas City Chiefs were 3.5 point favorites, according to OddsShark. Their 24-point victory means they covered the spread.
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