Newsday's Tom Rock grades the Giants on their performance in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.
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The Eli Manning-to-Steve Smith connection was worthy of an A, but the rest of the game was off. Mario Manningham dropped two passes and had a third one verified as an incompletion by replay. There were two turnovers - one off a ball that went off Manningham and another on a sack and fumble by Manning. The Giants had 21 first downs and 429 total yards. But when Manning left in the fourth quarter, the David Carr-led unit sputtered for two three-and-outs and a turnover on downs.
The pressure on the QB finally turned into sacks and, true to the mantra, they came in bunches with five in the second half. The Chiefs put two fourth-quarter touchdowns on the board, but through three quarters, they managed just four first downs and 91 total yards. Larry Johnson was held to 53 rushing yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C+
Bryan Kehl gets an A. The linebacker recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff (forced by C.C. Brown) and the onside kick at the start of the second half. Steve Smith recovered an onside kick later in the fourth quarter. Nice hit by Jonathon Goff on a third-quarter kickoff. But Lawrence Tynes missed a FG for the third straight week and a 53-yard return by Jamaal Charles set up the first Chiefs touchdown. Even Jeff Feagles was off his game, putting a fourth-quarter punt into the end zone for a touchback.
Three road games in a row and three straight wins. It's happened eight times in the regular season since 1990, and three of those teams have ties to the Giants: the 1994 Giants, this team and the 2001 Jaguars coached by Tom Coughlin. The Giants could have come in flat, but they started strong with a touchdown off a turnover just 2:16 into the game.