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Chiefs Top Giants 31-7, Move to 4-0 in 2013

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Three-phase Chiefs effort moves team to 4-0

The parking lots filled early and the countless grills at tailgate sites, surrounding Arrowhead Stadium, sent BBQ smells that meant only one thing, game day returned to the City of Fountains.

With the crowd loud from the very start, the Chiefs began the game with a drive that ended with a punt by Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt.

The game's next three drives resulted in punts by the Giants and the Chiefs, before Kansas City began its third drive from its own two-yard line.

The Chiefs weren't there long, as QB Alex Smith ran for 11 yards, later finding TE Sean McGrath, RB Jamaal Charles and WR Donnie Avery for completions, taking the ball to the Giants five-yard line.

Injury update: In the first quarter, the team said Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt is out with a right knee injury and his return is questionable. He will hold on kicks.

The game remained scoreless to start the second quarter.

KC 0 NYG 0.

SECOND QUARTER

The Chiefs didn't take long to score, as Alex Smith found TE Sean McGrath for a five-yard TD.

KC 7 NYG 0.

The Giants responded quickly, as QB Eli Manning tied the game after connecting with WR Victor Cruz on a 69-yard TD pass.

KC 7 NYG 7.

On the Chiefs ensuing drive, the team was forced to punt and Dustin Colquitt showcased his toughness, coming through for his squad, pinning the Giants on their 12-yard line.

Eli Manning led his team down the field, thanks in part to a 16-yard reception by Chiefs WR Hakeem Nicks; that is, until Hakeem Jordan busted through the line, stuffing the Giants for a two-yard loss. On the next play, Chiefs Pro Bowl LB Tamba Hali sacked Eli Manning, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Chiefs CB Dunta Robinson, who started the game for the injured Brandon Flowers.

Looking to make the Giants pay for the turnover, the Chiefs had a miscue of their own, as the snap never reached Alex Smith and the Giants recovered.

On the Giants next drive, the Chiefs defense didn't budge, forcing a New York punt, after Chiefs DE Allen Bailey dropped Eli Manning for an eight-yard loss.

The score remained the same into the two-minute warning, before Chiefs K Ryan Succop drilled a 51-yard FG.

KC 10 NYG 7.

Nearing the end of the second quarter, the Giants attempted to tie the game, but K Josh Brown missed from 44 yards out.

Halftime score: KC 10 NYG 7.

THIRD QUARTER

After the Giants punted on their first drive of the third quarter, New York got the ball back quickly, when on the next drive, Giants CB Prince Amukamara picked off Alex Smith, giving momentum to the G-Men.

That momentum didn't last long, thanks to the beastly Chiefs defense, which forced another Giants punt.

Later in the quarter, the Giants were facing a third-down situation, when Chiefs S Quintin Demps picked off Eli Manning's pass, giving the Chiefs offense the ball back, on the Giants 45-yard line.

The Chiefs had a nice drive going, before Alex Smith's pass, intended for Jamaal Charles, was intercepted by Giants S Antrel Rolle.

Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's crew denied the Giants next drive, giving the ball back to the offense, which had to punt.

The Giants took over and later faced a 3rd and 17, when Manning found Victor Cruz for 17 yards and a ruled first down, until the Chiefs challenged the spot of the ball and won. New York punted to Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster, who got some great blocks and made all kinds of Giants miss, before returning the punt 89 yards for the score, causing Arrowhead to erupt.

KC 17 NYG 7.

The third quarter ended, with the Chiefs maintaining the ten-point lead.

FOURTH QUARTER

If you thought the last two weeks of late-game drives by the Kansas City Chiefs were impressive, add another one to their yearbook.

The Chiefs entered the fourth quarter, up ten and later went on another impressive drive that ended with a two-yard TD pass from Alex Smith to Jamaal Charles. The time-consuming scoring drive lasted 14 plays, covering 80 yards and milked 9:17 off the game clock.

KC 24 NYG 7.

On the Giants next drive, the Chiefs defense didn't flinch, as S Eric Berry recovered a fumble and gave the Chiefs offense the ball back, with 4:41 remaining in the game.

Kansas City didn't waste any time adding to its lead; Alex Smith fired a dart to Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who scored from 34 yards out.

KC 31 NYG 7.

The Chiefs defense didn't let up, as LB Tamba Hali recorded another sack of Eli Manning, before Kansas City regained possession of the ball and milked the clock for the win.

The Chiefs walked off the field at Arrowhead victorious, defeating the Giants, 31-7, moving to 4-0 on the season, something they haven't done since 2003.

KC 31 NYG 7.

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