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Giants Upset Chiefs, Get First Home Win

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Not many people thought that the depleted New York Giants would have a realistic chance to knock off the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were a quality AFC division leader, and the Giants had just one win on the season. Sunday afternoon, Big Blue pulled off the improbable by defeating Kansas City 12-9 in OT, and picking up their first home win of the season. This was a very ugly game from the gate, as both teams failed to establish an offensive rhythm. It wasn’t until the second quarter, until the game’s first and only touchdown was scored by Orleans Darkwa. Both defenses played really well, but it was the Giants that were able to find a way to outlast the Chiefs. Here are two of the biggest takeaways from the Giants’ win on Sunday afternoon.

Giants’ Defense Carries the Load

  • New York’s defense has been shaky throughout the season, but Sunday against Kansas City it was solid. The Giants were able to finish plays by making tackles, but the highlight was the play from the secondary. The Giants had just four interceptions coming into their Week 11 match-up. However, the Giants were able to force three interceptions against Kansas City. This was even more impressive, considering Alex Smith is known for taking care of the football. Both Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins had interceptions against Smith, and Landon Collins intercepted a trick play thrown by Travis Kelce. The Giants defense showed up big when it counted, holding the Chiefs to just 3 for 11 on 3rd down opportunities. Another key was New York held Kansas City out of the end zone in all three red zone opportunities. Big Blue clamped down in the red zone, and didn’t hurt themselves with penalties to make it easier for the Chiefs to punch in a touchdown.

Manning with a Clean Jersey?

(Photo Credit: Bobby O'Hara) Manning was not sacked Sunday afternoon.

(Photo Credit: Bobby O’Hara) Manning was not sacked Sunday afternoon.

  • Eli Manning has had a rough season, however the protection for Manning has been shotty at best. Collectively, the Giants offensive line played their best football of the season Sunday against the Chiefs. Manning was only hit twice all afternoon, and was not sacked. In return, Manning did not turn the ball over and the New York picked up the win. The Giants will need more performances like this to close the season on a good note, and keep Manning healthy for next season (if he is the starter). Manning has shown that when he given enough time in the pocket, he will make winning plays. Bobby Hart was replaced at right tackle by Chad Wheeler this game, and Wheeler played really well against the Chiefs. It’s safe to say that moving forward, Wheeler should continue to start at right tackle.

Barry Holmes is a Senior Writer for PureSportsNY.com. Follow him on Twitter @BHO732

(Featured Photo Credit: Bobby O’Hara/PureSportsNY)

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