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The Giants had the right game plan to beat the Chiefs, and, for much of the game, it was executed.
The Chiefs hadn't turned the ball over once leading up to their matchup with the Giants. Then, New York was able to force three, including two interceptions of the tidy Alex Smith, who's not exactly a tightrope walker when it comes to taking risks.
The Giants couldn't run the ball before Week 4. However, against the Chiefs, they almost gained 100 yards despite limited reps. David Wilson averaged over four yards per carry, as the young back found room to run for the first time all season.
New York worked hard to keep Manning upright, allowing just three sacks behind a hodgepodge offensive line. Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, who entered the game as the league's leading sacker with 7.5, did not bring down Manning once.
For the majority of the game, Jamaal Charles, Kansas City's biggest offensive weapon, couldn't find any room to run. The Giants linebackers actually looked good, and Manning was even able to connect on a deep touchdown with Victor Cruz. If so many things went right for the Giants, how did the score end up so lopsided in the opponents' favor?
Quite simply, New York didn't capitalize upon the opportunities it was afforded.
The Giants did not score a single point off any of their three takeaways. They attempted passes twice as often as they ran since they were constantly playing from behind. The line gave Manning a decent chance to throw, but he completed less than 50 percent of his tosses. The defense managed Kansas City's biggest threat to score in Charles, but the special teams allowed McCluster to break free for a punt return touchdown.
Until this team proves it can put it all together, it will be a long time before the Giants get that elusive first win.