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Notes & Stats: Recapping Giants vs. Chiefs


Notes and statistics from the Giants' 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium:

*The Giants were unable to win a second straight game and fell to 2-6. They host the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday in the final game before their bye. Kansas City is 4-4. Three of the Chiefs' victories are against the NFC East: Philadelphia, Washington and the Giants.

*The Giants finished with a season-low 18 first downs and their 300 total yards was their second-lowest total (261 vs. the Rams).

*The Giants' 10 penalties marked their second-highest total of the season. They had 11 at Washington on Sept. 16. The teams' 22 combined penalties were the most in a Giants game since Oct. 22, 2017, when the Giants and Seahawks combined for 22 (seven by the Giants).

*Kansas City's only second-half scoring was two Harrison Butker field goals. The Giants did not allow a second-half touchdown for the second consecutive game (they shut out Carolina last week).

*The Giants had a takeaway for the eighth straight game, their longest streak to start a season since they did it in 11 consecutive games in 2011.

*Safety Julian Love, making his second start of the season, intercepted a Patrick Mahomes pass in the end zone on the game's first series. The ball hit wide receiver Josh Gordon and caromed high in the air, enabling Love to dive and secure it before hitting the ground.

It was the Giants' second takeaway on an opponent's first possession this season. On Oct. 10 in Dallas, linebacker Lorenzo Carter tipped and then intercepted Dak Prescott's pass intended for Ezekiel Elliott on the game's seventh play.

*The Giants couldn't capitalize on the early takeaway. On their second offensive play, Daniel Jones' pass for Darius Slayton was intercepted by linebacker Willie Gay, who returned the ball 13 yards to the Giants' 13.

It was the Giants' first turnover on their opening offensive series since Dec. 13, 2020, against Arizona. Jones was sacked for a six-yard loss by Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden, who forced a fumble that he recovered and returned 30 yards to the Giants' nine. The Cards did not score.

*Jones was intercepted on his initial pass in a game for the first time in his career. On Oct. 20, 2019, against Arizona, his second pass, which was intended for Golden Tate, was picked off by linebacker Jordan Hicks.

*This was the first Giants game in which each team committed a turnover on its first possession since Sept. 24, 2006, in Seattle. On the game's first play, Matt Hasselbeck's pass for Darrell Jackson was intercepted by Corey Webster. Three plays later, Eli Manning's second pass of the game, intended for Plaxico Burress, was picked off by safety Ken Hamlin.

*The Giants forced another turnover in the third quarter when safety Logan Ryan forced a fumble by Travis Kelce that was recovered by cornerback James Bradberry. The forced fumble was Ryan's second of the season and 13th of his career; he had one in the opener against Denver. Bradberry's recovery was his second in as many weeks and the third of his career.

*The Giants entered the game without a touchdown from a tight end, but players at that position scored both of their touchdowns Monday night. On their second possession, Kyle Rudolph caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Jones. It was Rudolph's first touchdown of the season and the first by a Giants tight end since Nov. 8, 2020 at Washington, where Evan Engram scored on a 16-yard pass from Jones. On the second play of the fourth quarter, Engram scored his first touchdown of the season on a five-yard pass from Jones.

*Rudolph's touchdown was set up by Jones' 50-yard pass to John Ross. It was the Giants' third play of more than 50 yards this season, and Ross caught the ball on two of them. Jones' 54-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley in New Orleans on Oct. 3 is the Giants' longest play of the season. In the same game, Jones and Ross hooked up for a 52-yard touchdown.

*The Giants were one of two teams – along with the Buffalo Bills – that had not allowed a first-quarter touchdown this season. That ended on the game's second series, after Jones' interception, when Mahomes threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill.

*A Giants wide receiver completed a pass for the second consecutive game when Kadarius Toney threw a 19-yarder to Sterling Shepard late in the first quarter on the Giants' first touchdown drive. Last week against Carolina, Dante Pettis threw a 16-yard pass to Jones, who caught the ball with one hand.

*Toney did not catch a pass until late in the second quarter and finished with four receptions for 26 yards. He also had his first career punt return. It gained no yardage, but Kansas City's Marcus Kemp was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.

*Jones completed 22 of 32 passes for 222 yards, the two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 96.1. He was sacked three times, including twice on the Giants' final possession.

*Jones completed nine consecutive passes spanning the second and third quarters, tying the longest streak of his career. He also hit nine in a row on Sept. 29 and Oct. 27, 2019 vs. Washington and at Detroit, respectively.

*Jones' 22 completions increased his career total to 739. That moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (731) and into seventh place on the Giants' career list.

*Jones' two touchdown passes increased his career total to 42. That broke a tie with fellow Duke alumnus Dave Brown (40) and gave Jones sole possession of seventh place on the franchise list. Kerry Collins is sixth with 81.

*Devontae Booker and Jones were the Giants' only ballcarriers. Booker rushed for 60 yards on 15 carries, while Jones had 12 yards on five attempts. Booker also led the team with five receptions for 65 yards.

*Booker's longest play was a 41-yard reception, the second-longest of his career. On Jan. 1, 2017, in the final game of his rookie season with Denver, he caught his first NFL touchdown pass, a 43-yarder from Trevor Siemian against the Oakland Raiders.

*Ross had a team-high 72 receiving yards, on two catches. He also had his first career kickoff return, for 12 yards.

*Engram's three receptions (for 15 yards) increased his career total to 291, tying him with Aaron Thomas for 19th on the Giants' career list.

*Leonard Williams and Keion Crossen had the Giants' sacks of Mahomes, each of which occurred on plays immediately preceding Butker's field goals. Williams also forced a Mahomes fumble on his sack, but it was recovered by Chiefs lineman Trey Smith with 8:56 remaining. Butker then kicked a 36-yard field goal to tie the score, 17-17.

*Williams has at least a full sack in three consecutive games and at least a half-sack in four straight, each a career first.

*Crossen was credited with an eight-yard sack, the first of his four-year career, when Mahomes gave himself up with 1:12 left in the game. Butker then kicked the deciding 34-yard field goal.

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson led the Giants with 12 tackles (eight solo). Ryan had nine stops (seven solo).

*Rookie linebacker Quincy Roche made his first NFL start and had three tackles, including a solo stop of running back Derrick Gore for a one-yard loss.

*Linebacker Trent Harris had one solo tackle in his 2021 debut.

*Cornerback Aaron Robinson, the Giants' third-round draft choice, had an assisted tackle in his NFL debut. He was activated earlier in the day off the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

*Defensive back Steve Parker made his Giants debut but did not have a statistic.

*Hill caught 12 passes for 94 yards. Hill is the first Giants opponent 12 catches in a game since Chicago running Tarik Cohen had 12 for 156 yards on Dec. 2, 2018, and is the first wide receiver since the Jets' Brandon Marshall (12-131) on Dec. 6, 2015.

*Pettis was forced from the game with a shoulder injury after he was hit on a muffed punt early in the second quarter.

*Wideout Sterling Shepard left the game with a quad injury after catching four passes for 25 yards. He missed three of the previous four games with a hamstring injury.

*The Giants lost their ninth consecutive primetime game – five on Monday, three on Thursday and one on Sunday. Their last victory under the lights was on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, when they won in San Francisco, 27-23. The Giants are 0-6 under Joe Judge, and Daniel Jones is 0-8 in primetime. The Giants have one more scheduled night game on Monday, Nov. 22 at Tampa Bay.

*The Giants are 25-44-1 on Monday night, including 16-31-1 on the road.

*The Giants are 6-21 in regular-season games against teams that lost the previous season's Super Bowl (plus 1-0 in the postseason). They have lost their last four games vs. runners-up since winning in Chicago in 2007.

*The Giants' inactive players were running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), nose tackle Danny Shelton (pec), linebacker Lorenzo Carter (ankle), safety Nate Ebner (ankle) and cornerback J.R. Reed.

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