The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New York Giants by a score of 20-17 on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs managed to pull out a close victory against the Giants despite a blowout loss to Tennessee last weekend.
The Chiefs actually started the game with a strong 13 play, 70 yard drive, but it ended with a Patrick Mahomes interception in the endzone. However, Daniel Jones gifted the ball right back to the Chiefs with an interception of his own, as Willie Gay intercepted Daniel Jones and returned the ball 13 yards back to the Giants’ 13 yard line. This interception gave Mahomes and the Chiefs offense great field possession. Four plays later, Mahomes found Tyreek Hill in the endzone for a six-yard touchdown pass to put the Chiefs up 7-0. This Hill touchdown reception was the lone score of the first quarter.
The Giants quickly responded to open the second quarter when Jones found Kyle Rudolph for a one-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven. Eight minutes later, Mahomes led his offense on an 11 play, 68 yard touchdown drive capped off by a Derrick Gore three yard touchdown run. This score put the Chiefs up 14-7 with 5:46 remaining in the first half. To close out the first half scoring, Graham Gano kicked a 23 yard field goal to make the score 14-10.
Despite two possessions each, neither team scored in the third quarter. In the middle of an eight play, 51 yard drive, Travis Kelce caught a pass from Mahomes and, in maneuvering up field, fumbled the ball back to the Giants.
This extra possession allowed the Giants to drive 57 yards in eight plays and score on a Jones five yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram to make the score 17-14. Following the Engram touchdown, the Chiefs marched down the field but stalled out and settled for a Harrison Butker 36 yard field goal. After forcing the Giants to punt on their following possession, the Chiefs drove down the field and managed a Butker field goal to make the score 20-17. The Chiefs defense stepped up again and sacked Daniel Jones on 4 and 15 to effectively end the game with 25 seconds left.
The credit goes to the Chiefs defense in this game. The defense only allowed 300 total yards to the Giants and Daniel Jones. While Mahomes and the offense did not play up to their usual standard, the defense generated enough stops to secure a victory at home. Next week, the Chiefs host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in what has the potential to be a shootout if the Chiefs offense can find its groove.