Final

Giants 7

(0-4, 0-3 away)

Chiefs 31

(4-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 29, 2013

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 7 0 07
KC 0 10 7 1431

Top Performers

Passing: A. Smith (KC) - 288 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Charles (KC) - 18 CAR, 65 YDS

Receiving: V. Cruz (NYG) - 10 REC, 164 YDS, 1 TD

Alex Smith throws 3 TDs as unbeaten Chiefs drop Giants to 0-4

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Berry credits Kansas City's 4-0 start to the "family feeling" that held everyone together during the hapless 2-14 season of 2012.

Maybe so. But after the Chiefs (4-0) pounded the winless New York Giants 31-7 on Sunday, it's obvious that importing a cool, savvy quarterback from San Francisco and bringing in a smart, no-nonsense coach from Philadelphia also had a lot to do with a rags-to-riches transformation.

Even in a league known for quick turnarounds and breathtaking free-falls, this seems preposterous.

Alex Smith, who lost his job last year in San Francisco, threw three touchdown passes, and Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for another score as the Chiefs joined the 1980 Detroit Lions as the only teams in modern league history to win two or fewer games one season, then rocket to a 4-0 start the next.

"To be honest, all we talked about all offseason was being 1-0," said Smith. "Just get the first one."

Did he ever dream of being 4-0?

"No, to answer your question."

The Giants, proud Super Bowl champions of 2007 and 2011 season, are 0-4 for the first time since 1987, a mass of injury and disarray.

"It is disappointing," said quarterback Eli Manning, who's been operating all year behind a patchwork offensive line. "The defense got us some turnovers and we weren't able to do anything with it. We are just not playing very well offensively."

The injury-ravaged Giants trailed only 17-7 after three quarters. They managed a 69-yard catch-and-run TD from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz.

"This is a situation we've got to fix," said Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. "We know what we're capable of doing."

Smith hit touchdown passes of 4, 2 and 35 yards and was 24 for 41 for 288 yards. He was intercepted twice and the Chiefs also lost a fumble, Kansas City's first turnovers in what may be turning into a magical season under first-year head coach Andy Reid.

"I know they'll battle," said first-year coach Andy Reid, who spent the previous 14 seasons coaching the Eagles. "That's what I know. There are a lot of things I don't know but I do know this: We're a tough bunch."

Manning was 18 for 37 for 217 yards and the one TD. He was sacked three times and intercepted once, but harried and hurried much of the bright, sunny afternoon.

All of a sudden, the misery of 2012 that cost coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli their jobs seems a distant memory.

"We just kept working, kept sticking together," said Berry. "We know things don't always go your way. But you've got to be able to stick together through tough times, in life, period. We kept leaning on each other. Nobody pointed a finger at anybody at any time. We just stuck together and I feel like that was the foundation that was built for us to do what we're doing now. But we've still got a lot of work to do."

Late in the first quarter, Smith hit Sean McGrath, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe for gains of 12, 17 and 14 yards on successive plays. McGrath, the heavily bearded tight end and Seattle Seahawks castoff, got free in the end zone to catch Smith's 5-yard TD pass to cap the 11-play, 98-yard drive.

The drive took 5 minutes, 38 seconds. To answer, Manning needed only 54 seconds.

Cruz went streaking down the right sideline -- turf normally patrolled by injured cornerback Brandon Flowers -- caught Manning's pass in stride and raced into the end zone. Trailing far behind was Dunta Robinson, a backup cornerback.

The Chiefs led only 10-7 when McCluster fielded the ball and set sail on the first TD punt return the Chiefs have had since Sept. 13, 2010, when McCluster took one back a team-record 94 yards against San Diego during a rain storm. He juked one tackler, put a dizzying 360-degree spin move on another and then broke clear up the middle.

Ryan Succop, who kicked a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, connected on a 53-yarder a few minutes later.

In the fourth quarter, Smith fired a 2-yard TD pass to Charles and a 35-yarder to Bowe, who twisted free of a couple of tacklers.

Game notes


Like many fans, referee Terry McAulay is used to Reid being with the Eagles. After Reid successfully challenged a spot in the third quarter, McAulay announced, "Philadelphia will not be charged a timeout."... Gary Barbaro, a Pro Bowl safety in the early `80s, was inducted into the Chiefs' Hall of Fame at halftime. ... The 1987 Giants team which started 0-5 and missed the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl the year before, came in a strike-interrupted season. ... In their last 16 games against the NFC, the Chiefs are 13-3.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
KC
1st Downs1121
Passing 1st downs
815
Rushing 1st downs
34
1st downs from penalties
02
3rd down efficiency
1-149-16
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays6170
Total Yards298390
Yards per play4.95.6
Total Drives1415
Passing200288
Comp-Att
18-3724-41
Yards per pass
5.06.9
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-171-0
Rushing98102
Rushing Attempts
2128
Yards per rush
4.73.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-02-2
Penalties7-657-62
Turnovers33
Fumbles lost
21
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession24:0435:56

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning18/372175.9113-17
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith24/412887.0321-0

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson13554.2015
Scott5265.2011
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles18653.6024
Smith7375.3011

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cruz1016416.4169
Nicks33311.0016
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
McGrath56412.8123
Charles56212.4131

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNYGKC
kcTD14:52Sean Mcgrath 5 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 98 yds, 5:38
07
nygTD14:02Victor Cruz 69 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Josh Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 74 yds, 0:54
77
kcFG2:00Ryan Succop 51 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 31 yds, 1:53
710
THIRD QUARTERNYGKC
kcTD1:55Dexter Mccluster 89 Yard Punt Return (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 89 yds, 0:00
717
FOURTH QUARTERNYGKC
kcTD5:47Jamaal Charles 2 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 9:17
724
kcTD3:15Dwayne Bowe 34 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 35 yds, 1:25
731

Research Notes

The Giants are just the third team in NFL history to allow at least 30 points and commit at least three turnovers in each of their first four games of a season.
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