NFL.com's top plays from Giants-Chiefs
The Giants will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday Night Football. It will be the 15th meeting between the two clubs, with the Giants leading the all-time series, 11-3.
Ahead of the primetime matchup, NFL.com ranked the Giants' top five all-time plays against the AFC foes:
1. LB Harry Carson 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Week 8 of the 1979 season. With the Giants trailing by three, linebacker Brian Kelly forced a fumble, which was recovered by Carson and returned 22 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
2. WR Roger Lewis' 34-yard reception to set up the winning field goal in overtime of the Week 11 matchup during the 2017 season. The Giants came into this home game as big underdogs, but upset the Chiefs thanks to a big play by an unlikely receiver. Lewis made a remarkable play to catch a 34-yard pass from Manning in overtime, giving the Giants a first down on the Chiefs two-yard line. The Giants went on to win the game after Aldrick Rosas connected on a 23-yard field goal.
3. S Tito Wooten's fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown in Week 2 of the 1995 season. This play is certainly the craziest to make this list. DE Robert Harris sacked Chiefs QB Steve Bono, forcing a fumble which was picked up by DT Keith Hamilton. Hamilton then returned the fumble 87 yards before being stripped of the ball right before the Chiefs goal line. Wooten then jumped on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown, but the Chiefs would end up winning the game in overtime, 20-17.
4. RB Tiki Barber's 41-yard touchdown run in Week 15 of the 2005 season. Barber finished the game with an incredible 29 rushes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, adding five receptions for 29 yards, and the Giants would win the game, 27-17.
5. WR Hakeem Nicks' 54-yard touchdown reception from QB Eli Manning in Week 4 of the 2009 season. The Giants went on to defeat the Chiefs, 27-16, at Arrowhead, thanks to three touchdown passes from Manning and five sacks from the Big Blue defense.
Of course, there is one game that sticks out in particular in the series.
As Giants.com's Michael Eisen wrote earlier this season on the 20th anniversary, 12 days after the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Giants traveled to Kansas City for their first game following the tragic events. Arrowhead Stadium is traditionally one of the NFL's most inhospitable venues for visiting teams. But that day, the fans rose to their feet and cheered constantly for the team from New York. They also passed firefighters' boots through the crowd to collect money for the relief effort in the metropolitan area.
"We got a standing ovation," Amani Toomer said. "I remember everybody telling me how bad Kansas City was, and that was the only time I've ever played in Kansas City, besides the time when I was on the Chiefs for a preseason game. It was weird, because everybody talks about that as a tough place to play, and I remember it being a very friendly place to play."
"I remember going out before the game to warm up and the fans were so warm and welcoming," former backup quarterback and current offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "It was such an emotional time. I can remember them playing a lot of Bob Dylan before the game and it just seemed like a surreal experience. But the great takeaway was this fanbase in Kansas City that was always so behind their team was certainly behind the Chiefs, but you also felt their support for our team and for people in our area and that was a great takeaway. I think you reflect back on just the national anthem, and I can remember guys were just crying. It was just such an emotional thing and then you had to kind of get your energy right, take a deep breath and go play a football game.
"Personally, for me, I held in that game for the first time, and I can remember the pressure of that. Needing a field goal late in the game and Morten Andersen was our kicker and just making sure, hey, catch it and get it down. This is damn important. Good thing it all worked out. I thought our organization and our team did a great job responding to that time."
The Giants won, 13-3, but the outcome was the least memorable part of the day.
"I didn't realize it would be as emotional as it was," Toomer said. "Everything for the whole two weeks just welled up. (Former Giants wide receiver) Thabiti Davis saluted during the national anthem, and he was crying. I guess I was that young, nothing that real ever really happened. So, when something really real happens, and it basically changed our entire country, it's changed everything, our relations with a lot of different things, and it's like the end of the innocence, I guess, for our country.
"We had guys crying in the locker room, crying when they were doing the national anthem. I remember Bon Jovi singing America the Beautiful at that firehouse in New York City. The last thing I wanted to do was play a football game that day, because it was just such a heavy lift. I remember we won the game, and that was a really exciting feeling. I remember it being a very, very difficult situation."
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