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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Chiefs, 20-17


AT A GLANCE: The Giants took the two-time defending AFC champion Chiefs down to the wire on the road, but they couldn't seal the deal in a 20-17 loss in Kansas City. The Giants fell to 2-6 while the Chiefs improved to 4-4.

UP NEXT: The Giants stay with the AFC West and host the Las Vegas Raiders, who currently lead the division. They come off their bye with a 5-2 record just as the Giants enter their break following the Week 9 matchup. The Giants are 5-8 all-time against the Raiders and lost their most recent meeting in Oakland in 2017. It snapped a three-game win streak for the Giants in the series.

View photos from the New York Giants' Week 8 matchup on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs.


*Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney got the green light after both were listed as questionable with hamstring and ankle injuries, respectively. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) and running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), however, missed their third consecutive game.

*Following Patrick Mahomes' early interception, the Giants gave the ball right back to the Chiefs. Linebacker Willie Gay intercepted Daniel Jones in Giants territory and returned it 13 yards to the 13-yard line. The Chiefs made them pay and scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession for the first points of the game.

*Jones completed 22 of 32 passes for 222 yards, two touchdowns and the interception. Getting the ball back down 20-17 with 1:07 remaining in the game, Jones looked to engineer his fourth career game-winning drive. Two sacks derailed it as the Chiefs took over in the victory formation.

*John Ross has made eight catches this season; two of them have been for 50 yards. The speedy receiver made a contested catch Monday night with safety Daniel Sorensen draped all over him. On the very next play, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett dialed up a trick play for the second consecutive week. This time, wide receiver Kadarius Toney threw a pass to Sterling Shepard for a 19-yard gain. Last week, Jones wowed the sports world with a one-handed catch on pass from wide receiver Dante Pettis. Shepard (quad), Toney (thumb), and Pettis (shoulder) later left Monday night's game with injuries. Toney was able to return to the game.

*A large part of why the Giants signed veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph was for his presence in the red zone. It took longer than they hoped due to some injury setbacks, but Rudolph followed through on the plan with his first touchdown in a Giants uniform on Monday night on a fourth-and-goal pass from Jones.

*Rudolph wasn't the only one to get involved in the red zone. Fellow tight end Evan Engram made his first catch of the game (first target, too) at a crucial moment, hauling in a five-yard touchdown pass from Jones on third down. It gave the Giants their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter and followed the second takeaway by the defense.

*Running back Devontae Booker recorded his fourth career game with 100 yards from scrimmage, three of which have now been against the Chiefs. He ran 15 times for 60 yards and caught five passes for 65 yards, including a long of 41 yards.


*The Giants announced a series of changes to their defensive depth chart hours before the primetime game. Linebacker Carter Coughlin (ankle) was placed on injured reserve and must miss a minimum of three games, making him eligible to return on Nov. 28 against Philadelphia at the earliest. They also elevated linebackers Benardrick McKinney and Trent Harris from the practice squad, signed defensive back Steven Parker from the practice squad, and activated rookie cornerback Aaron Robinson off the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Robinson, a third-round draft choice, had been sidelined since training camp.

*The Giants lost a third captain this week when they placed safety Jabrill Peppers on injured reserve with two injuries to his right leg – a rupture to the ACL in his knee and a high ankle sprain. He was hurt in the third quarter of the Giants' 25-3 victory against the Carolina Panthers.

*Peppers' absence created an opportunity for Julian Love, who capitalized right away with an interception on a tip drill in the end zone on the Chiefs' opening drive. It was Love's third career interception; he had one in each of his first two seasons.

*The Chiefs entered Week 8 tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars with a league-worst, minus-10 turnover differential. Their 17 giveaways were five more than the next closest teams in the league as Houston, Jacksonville, and the New York Jets all had turned the ball over 12 times. Logan Ryan added another to the ledger by stripping the ball from perennial All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce in the third quarter. Cornerback James Bradberry recovered the ball for his second takeaway in as many games. The Giants capitalized and took their first lead on the ensuing possession early in the fourth quarter.

*Darnay Holmes seemingly made it three takeaways late in the game, but a defensive offside penalty on Oshane Ximines negated the interception. Penalties were a big story of the night for both sides. The Giants had 10 penalties for 88 yards; the Chiefs had 12 for 103.

*After having 1.5 sacks in each of the past two games, defensive lineman Leonard Williams now has a sack in three consecutive outings. He strip-sacked Mahomes in the fourth quarter, but the Chiefs recovered the ball and settled for a field goal to tie the game 17-17.

*Defensive back Keion Crossen sacked Mahomes in the red zone to force the Chiefs to settle for a field goal late in the game.


*Kicker Graham Gano, the reigning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, made his lone field goal attempt from 23 yards.


NYG: WR Dante Pettis (shoulder), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), WR Kadarius Toney (thumb)

KC: WR Marcus Kemp (evaluated for concussion)


NYG: RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), LB Lorenzo Carter (ankle), DB Nate Ebner (ankle), WR Kenny Golladay (knee), DB J.R. Reed, DT Danny Shelton (pec)

KC: LB Anthony Hitchens (triceps), DT Khalen Saunders (knee), CB DeAndre Baker, OT Mike Remmers (knee), C Austin Blythe, OT Prince Tega Wanogho

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