Showing the kind of guts and effort that has been lacking in recent weeks, the New York Giants churned out a 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, an Aldrick Rosas chip shot in overtime the difference. Somehow, the Giants beat one of the best teams in the AFC, showing the killer instinct that was lacking earlier in the year during their slew of close losses.
With the victory, the Giants improve to 2-8 and get their first home win of the season.
With the game tied 6-6 late in the fourth quarter, one of the most maligned players on the Giants roster came up with a big play. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins intercepted Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith late in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 17 yards.
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It was a huge moment for Jenkins and the Giants during a season that has been nothing short of difficult. Five plays later, kicker Aldrick Rosas’ 26-yard field goal gave the Giants the temporary lead.
The Chiefs responded in their two-minute offense to get a field goal of their own, marching 69 yards in nine plays to force overtime.
But the Giants, buoyed by a pass interference call on fourth down, put together their own impressive drive on their first possession of overtime. It took them 10 plays to cover 77 yards to set-up Rosas’ 23-yard field goal attempt.
3 Things Learned from the Giants in Week 11:
Getting defensive – This is what the Giants defense was supposed to look like all year, a unit that a year ago was second in the league in scoring defense.
Not only did they limit a potent Chiefs offense to just nine points on three field goals, they kept them from moving the ball. The Chiefs had just 363 yards of total offense, 69 yards of which came on their final drive of regulation.
Three interceptions (two of which come via quarterback Alex Smith one on a trick play thrown by tight end Travis Kelce) as well as limiting the Chiefs to just 3-of-11 on third downs helped the Giants get the win.
This looked like the Giants defense from a year ago.
Wingsational – It was a tremendous day at the office for punter Brad Wing, who had two punts inside the 20-yard line.
Wing finished with six total punts for an average of 42.5 yards. But it was his positional punting and ability to pin the Chiefs in their own end that made things incredibly difficult for the visitors.
Last year, Wing’s influence on the Giants was overshadowed by the team’s strong record. This year, the Giants losses mask his effectiveness as he’s continually punting from deep within his own end. He’s a truly under-appreciated player on this roster.
Orleans marches on – In a game where passing the ball was made difficult by windy conditions, the Giants committed to the ground game to open up things underneath.
Despite getting hit a couple times behind the line, Orleans Darkwa continues to impress. He had 74 yards on 20 carries with a rushing touchdown, adding two catches for 16 yards in the passing game.
His hard-charging, battering ram style worked to soften things up and helped the passing game to get rolling. He continues to be a bright spot this year out of the backfield.