The Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants played a sloppy game on Sunday that no one seemed to want to win in the end.
In a game that was enjoyed by no one, fans included, featuring two teams who didn’t seem to want to actually win, the New York Giants defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in an uninspired 12-9 victory that gave the Giants their second win of the entire season.
From the very beginning, the play calling on both sides was interesting, to say the least. Ben McAdoo, head coach of the New York Giants, tried and succeeded on a fake punt during the first drive of the game.
Sadly for Giants fans, McAdoo called for a failed halfback pass that caused a turnover not too much later. Daniel Sorensen came up with a big interception for the Chiefs as the Giants were nearing the goal line.
Andy Reid was also guilty of pulling all kinds of odd calls throughout the game. For some reason, Kareem Hunt remained ignored early so the Chiefs could instead run the ball with Charcandrick West or Akeem Hunt (or went to West through the air). A conservative, soft offensive approach kept the Chiefs from responding to the Giants, who played a more physical game, and Reid also made sure to craft cute plays like the one below, a deep pass called from Travis Kelce. Yes, that’s tight end Travis Kelce.
The Chiefs defense looked solid at times, but they also failed to generate any pressure on Eli Manning who often had considerable time to throw the football despite being protected by a thin line depleted by injuries. The Chiefs were also hurt by turnovers, including the Kelce interception and two other interceptions by Alex Smith—a rare sight this season given that Smith only had 1 interception coming into the game all season.
Yet in the game’s final moments, the Chiefs finally came alive to show enough heart to not only pull things to a tie but to finally take over when it mattered most. The Giants seemed to have the game in hand with the Chiefs on the ropes, but Alex Smith came up big in a throw to Kelce as well as some huge quarterback runs to move the chains. Harrison Butker tied the score, 9-9, at the end of regulation.
Unfortunately from there, the Chiefs showed another 15 minutes of forgettable play and the Giants couldn’t even beat themselves despite their best (worst?) efforts. The Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas converted a game-winning 23-yard field goal near the end of OT and that was the it.