For over three quarters, the New York Giants defense did all they could do to prevent the team from falling to 0-4 on the season. Despite giving up an early touchdown, they held the Kansas City Chiefs' offense, led by Jamaal Charles, in check. They were tackling soundly, hitting hard and very rarely appeared confused or over-matched.
Unfortunately, Big Blue's offense couldn't match their intensity or success. Nor could their Special Teams unit.
Ei Manning & Co. struggled again, going 1-for-14 on third down (1-for-2 on 4th down), while turning the ball over three times. They couldn't establish the run, the tight ends seemed completely inept when attempting to block and and the makeshift offense line, although they performed better than anticipated, just couldn't do enough to create lanes or buy time. Meanwhile, the playcalling was predictable as ever and wide receivers continued their league-leading trend by dropping five passes.
After a solid start by Damontre Moore (two tackles and a blocked punt), special teams would soon follow in the offense's footsteps. Josh Brown missed a short field goal prior to halftime and Steve Weatherford, who is in an undeniable slump, drilled a ball down the middle of the field, which allowed Dexter McCluster to survey the field and bring it 89-yards to the house. And although his attempt at a mocking salsa was lacking, the return broke the game open and seemed to end all momentum for the Giants.
Later in the fourth quarter, Ryan Succop would hit a 53-yard field goal to extend the lead to 20-7, but an illegal formation penalty gave Kansas City a first down. The Giants defense, completely exhausted at that point, would finally break and give up their second touchdown of the game on a short pass from Alex Smith to Jamaal Charles, putting the Chiefs up 24-7 and the game out of reach. They would later give up another, giving Kansas City a 31-7 lead that would eventually become the final score.
The Giants fall to 0-4 for the first time since 1987 (and first time in a non-strike year since 1979), while the Chiefs improve to 4-0 after finishing 2-14 only a season ago. And, for those who remain optimistic, the San Diego Chargers (1992) once started 0-4 and made the playoffs. So, yes, it is possible.
On a personal note: This will be my final game review as this marks my final day as a full-time journalist. As of tomorrow, I will step down from my post at Giants 101 and assume control as the Chief Operating Officer at Sports Media 101.
It's been a long, fun 10 years (9+ writing at Giants 101), but all good things must eventually come to an end. It's unfortunate it ends with a loss, but that's just how the cookie crumbles. I want to thank each and every one of you for making this such an incredible ride! I wouldn't and couldn't have done it without all of you. I appreciate the love and support over the years and hope that each of you will continue reading Giants 101 as we move forward.
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