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New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs: Five Plays that Cost the Giants

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COMMENTARY | Even in blowout games there are always a few plays that turn the momentum. Such was the case Sunday when the 0-4 New York Giants were throttled by the 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs, 31-7. Here is a look at five key plays.

1. Josh Brown misses a 44-yard field goal. Brown missed wide left in the final seconds of the first half after the Giants had driven into field goal range. The kick would have tied the score, 10-10, and given the Giants something to feel good about heading into the second half. Instead, for the second week in a row they were left to wonder about their kicker. Brown missed a 38-yarder the previous week vs. the Carolina Panthers.

2. David Wilson stopped on 3rd-and-1 early in third quarter. The Giants went three-and-out the first five times they had the ball in the third quarter, and this play was typical. The Giants started at their own 36, and Wilson got nine yards in two plays. Here, the Giants pitched the ball to Wilson running right behind tight ends Brandon Myers, Larry Donnell and Bear Pascoe. None could sustain a block and the Giants punted.

3. Andy Reid's challenge. With third-and-17 at their own 14-yard line, Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for what was originally ruled a Giants' first down. The KC coach challenged and won, however, setting up this play ...

4. Dexter McCluster's 89-yard punt return. Steve Weatherford punted and hit a ball that McCluster fielded on the numbers at his 11-yard line. Coach Tom Coughlin was not pleased that the ball was not farther to the sideline. He was less pleased after watching eight Giants miss potential tackles of McCluster. When the KC return man finished running he had a touchdown and did a salsa dance. The Chiefs had a 17-7 lead with 1:34 left in the third quarter, and never looked back.

5. Illegal formation penalty on KC field goal. With the game still within reach at 17-7 with 9:39 left, Ryan Succop made a 53-yard field goal that should have given Kansas City a 20-7 lead. The Giants were penalized for an illegal formation, however. That gave the Chiefs a first down at the Giants' 30-yard line. The chiefs took advantage, salting the game away seven plays later when quarterback Alex smith hit Jamaal Charles for a 2-yard touchdown, giving Kansas City an insurmountable 24-7 lead with 5:47 left.

Ed Valentine is editor of Big Blue View, covering the Giants for SB Nation.

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