Kansas City 31, N.Y. Giants 7

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 29, 2013
Location - Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Temperature - 65°
Head Official - Terry McAulay
Attendance - 73386

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
N.Y. Giants 0 7 0 0 7
Kansas City 0 10 7 14 31

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
N.Y. Giants 0-4 0-1 0-3 L4
Kansas City 4-0 2-0 2-0 W4

Recap


Chiefs 31, Giants 7: Alex Smith tossed three touchdown passes and Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for a score late in the third quarter as host Kansas City improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003.

Smith (24-for-41, 288 yards) overcame his first two interceptions of the season by finding Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe for fourth-quarter touchdowns. Third-string tight end Sean McGrath also had a 5-yard touchdown reception to highlight his five-catch, 64-yard performance as the Chiefs became the second team in NFL history to win its first four games following a two-win season.

Victor Cruz continues to be Eli Manning's most trusted target - with his 69-yard touchdown reception emphasizing his 10-catch, 164-yard effort. Four turnovers proved to be the undoing for the Giants (0-4), who last lost their first four games during an 0-5 start to the strike-shortened 1987 campaign.

The Chiefs opened the scoring early in the second quarter after Smith capped an 11-play, 98-yard drive by finding McGrath for his first career touchdown. New York answered in short order as Cruz took advantage of the absence of Chiefs top CB Brandon Flowers (knee) by beating CB Dunta Robinson on single coverage for his fourth touchdown of the season and 23rd of his career. 

With Kansas City nursing a 10-7 lead, McCluster settled under a punt before making a quick spin move, shifting toward the middle of the field and turning on the jets for his second career punt return for a touchdown. Smith capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive by finding Charles for a 2-yard score before connecting with Bowe on a 34-yard scoring strike just 2:37 later to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Kansas City recorded its third consecutive victory over an NFC East opponent. ... Kansas City RT Eric Fisher, the top pick of the 2013 draft, suffered a mild concussion during the first half and did not return. ... Charles rushed for 65 yards on 18 carries and added 62 yards on five receptions.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
N.Y. Giants   Kansas City
David Wilson Player Jamaal Charles
13 Attempts 18
55 Yards 65
4.2 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 0
15 Long 24
Receiving
N.Y. Giants   Kansas City
Victor Cruz Player Sean McGrath
10 Receptions 5
164 Yards 64
16.4 Avg Yards 12.8
1 Touchdowns 1
69 Long 23

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
N.Y. Giants 298 98 200 1 0 2 1.0 0
Kansas City 390 102 288 4 1 1 3.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Tennessee. The Chiefs have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • N.Y. Giants will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Giants have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.