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(Sunday, October 4th)
Final Score: NY Giants 27, Kansas City 16
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Steve Smith racked up 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 receptions, and the New York Giants beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-16.
Eli Manning totaled 292 yards, three scores and an interception on 20-of-34 efficiency for the Giants (4-0), who beat the Chiefs for the fourth straight time. Manning, though, left the game in the fourth quarter after he bruised his heel.
"Any time you feel like you have a little pull or strain, especially down there, you get nervous," said Manning. "You don't know what it is; you kind of feel like it's an Achilles or something. But it wasn't that. I kind of knew right away. I could stand up. I could still walk around and put some pressure on it."
Brandon Jacobs gained 92 yards on 21 carries and Ahmad Bradshaw notched 64 yards on 12 attempts in the triumph.
Matt Cassel went 15-of-32 for 127 yards and a pair of scores for the Chiefs (0-4), who have lost 15 of their last 16 games and 27 of 29 contests dating back to 2007. Larry Johnson gained 53 yards on 18 carries, while Sean Ryan and Bobby Wade had a TD catch each for Kansas City, which hadn't opened a season with four losses since an 8-8 campaign in 1980.
"Not the result that we wanted in any way, shape or form," said Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. "The first quarter of the season is now over with. That's behind us...we obviously have to improve."
Following a 12-play, 59-yard drive that closed the gap to 27-16 on Wade's two- yard TD catch, the Chiefs attempted an onside kick. However, Smith recovered at the KC 44 but the Giants were held to a three-and-out and the home team started at its own 20.
On 4th-and-27 from the KC 15, Cassel hit Ryan for a 10-yard gain but it was too short and the Giants took over with a shade over two minutes left, which all but sealed the deal.
The Giants wasted no time in getting on the board. On the opening kickoff, Jamaal Charles fumbled the ball and Bryan Kehl recovered to give the visitors possession at the KC 16. Five plays later, Manning hit Smith for a three-yard TD strike.
After a three-and-out, New York took over at its own 23. However, the drive was cut short as Manning was hit and fumbled the ball. The Chiefs started at the Giants' 36 and wound up with a 34-yard field goal for a 7-3 game with 4:58 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second frame, Smith hauled in a 25-yard TD pass to give the Giants a 14-3 lead and a 25-yard field goal as the half expired from Lawrence Tynes gave the Giants a 17-3 advantage.
The Chiefs attempted an unsuccessful onside kick to open the second half, which resulted in an eight-play, 20-yard Giants drive capped off by a 40-yard kick from Tynes that made it 20-3.
Early in the fourth, Hakeem Nicks caught a short pass from Manning and dashed 54 yards down the left sideline to paydirt, which made it 27-3.
The home team responded with an 11-play, 48-yard drive that was closed out as Ryan caught a one-yard TD with about 9 1/2 minutes left. The two-point conversion was no good, and it was 27-9.
Following a three-and-out from New York, Kansas City drove from its own 41 to the New York one before the drive stalled at the one. On 4th-and-2 from the two-yard line, Cassel hit Wade for a two-yard score which brought the Chiefs within 11.
New York outgained Kansas City 429-193, including a 273-88 difference through the air...The Giants have scored on their first possession in each of the four games this season (two TDs, two FGs)...Ryan's touchdown in the fourth was the first TD the New York defense had allowed in seven quarters...New York won each test of a three-game road trip which concluded with the club's first visit to Kansas City since 2001.
10/04 17:23:53 ET