After recent criticism of the Giants' defensive effort, NY contained KC's offense and shut them out of the end zone - allowing just 3 FGs.
Nestled in the victory for the Giants was the redemption of two players, kicker Aldrick Rosas and cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who have been dealing with adversity over the past several weeks, but who Sunday overcome the naysayers to have a big hand in the win.
Last season they were 10th in total defense, and this season they're 29th. They also average giving up 26.4 points per game which rank second to last before this week.
Eli Manning finished 19 of 35, 205 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Smith, the No. 1 overall pick by San Francisco in the 2005 NFL Draft, is 2-1 as a starter against the Giants in the regular season (1-1 with the 49ers, 1-0 with the Chiefs). So for them to be tied for last in sacks seems unfathomable.
"I don't think they knew", he said.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs came into town and most thought it would be the same story as usual. All of the cracks in the foundation that surfaced over the last four games-ones we were hoping to be resolved over the bye week-came out looking even worse against the Giants. "I wouldn't say I redeemed myself, but I would say I was there to be accountable to my teammates and was someone who did his job to help the team win". The Chiefs are averaging 28.1 points per game, which is fifth best in the league. Manning also needs five more games to match Hall of Fame DE Michael Strahan's franchise record of 216 games played in a Giants uniform.
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His clock management continues to be a joke in Kansas City as he is too focused on what plays to call and loses track of the clock.
In their best performance of the year, NY held the Chiefs' fifth-ranked offense to just nine points while creating three turnovers, including two interceptions of Smith, who had just one pick all season entering Week 11. "There is parity. It doesn't matter if you are 1-8 or whatever it might be". It's too late for the Giants to salvage this season but it's not too late to show pride and give their fans something to cheer for.
Offensive firepower was nonexistent for both squads as the Chiefs and Giants combined for six first downs on third-down conversions. Tight end Travis Kelce reeled in eight catches for 109 yards. The Chiefs will feature Kelce often on Sunday, especially in the red zone.
That could be a tough task since Damon Harrison is questionable with an ankle injury.
The New York Giants' season of misery is on hold for at least one week.
NY forced a Chiefs punt on the opening drive in overtime, before just barely getting back into field goal range at the KC 36-yard line.