1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
NY Giants
0
7
0
0
7
Kansas City
0
10
7
14
31
NY GiantsKansas City
Chiefs Move to 4-0 After Rout of Giants
Regular Season Game #4

Tamba Hali
LB Tamba Hali forced a fumble by Giants QB Eli Manning in the 2nd quarter.
Sept. 29- Eric Berry credits Kansas City's 4-0 start to the "family feeling" that held everyone together during the hapless 2-14 season of 2012.

Maybe so. But after the Chiefs (4-0) pounded the winless New York Giants 31-7 on Sunday, it's obvious that importing a cool, savvy quarterback from San Francisco and bringing in a smart, no-nonsense coach from Philadelphia also had a lot to do with a rags-to-riches transformation.

Even in a league known for quick turnarounds and breathtaking free-falls, this seems preposterous.

Alex Smith, who lost his job last year in San Francisco, threw three touchdown passes, and Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for another score as the Chiefs joined the 1980 Detroit Lions as the only teams in modern league history to win two or fewer games one season, then rocket to a 4-0 start the next.

"To be honest, all we talked about all offseason was being 1-0," Smith said. "Just get the first one."

Did he ever dream of being 4-0?

"No, to answer your question."

The Giants, proud Super Bowl champions of 2007 and 2011 season, are 0-4 for the first time since 1987, a mass of injury and disarray.

"It is disappointing," said quarterback Eli Manning, who's been operating all year behind a patchwork offensive line. "The defense got us some turnovers and we weren't able to do anything with it. We are just not playing very well offensively."

The injury-ravaged Giants trailed only 17-7 after three quarters. They managed a 69-yard catch-and-run TD from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz.

"This is a situation we've got to fix," said Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. "We know what we're capable of doing."

Smith hit touchdown passes of 4, 2 and 35 yards and was 24 for 41 for 288 yards. He was intercepted twice and the Chiefs also lost a fumble, Kansas City's first turnovers in what may be turning into a magical season under first-year head coach Andy Reid.

"I know they'll battle," said first-year coach Andy Reid, who spent the previous 14 seasons coaching the Eagles. "That's what I know. There are a lot of things I don't know but I do know this: We're a tough bunch."

Manning was 18 for 37 for 217 yards and the one TD. He was sacked three times and intercepted once, but harried and hurried much of the bright, sunny afternoon.

All of a sudden, the misery of 2012 that cost coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli their jobs seems a distant memory.

"We just kept working, kept sticking together," said Berry. "We know things don't always go your way. But you've got to be able to stick together through tough times, in life, period. We kept leaning on each other. Nobody pointed a finger at anybody at any time. We just stuck together and I feel like that was the foundation that was built for us to do what we're doing now. But we've still got a lot of work to do."

Late in the first quarter, Smith hit Sean McGrath, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe for gains of 12, 17 and 14 yards on successive plays. McGrath, the heavily bearded tight end and Seattle Seahawks castoff, got free in the end zone to catch Smith's 5-yard TD pass to cap the 11-play, 98-yard drive.

The drive took 5 minutes, 38 seconds. To answer, Manning needed only 54 seconds.

Cruz went streaking down the right sideline -- turf normally patrolled by injured cornerback Brandon Flowers -- caught Manning's pass in stride and raced into the end zone. Trailing far behind was Dunta Robinson, a backup cornerback.

The Chiefs led only 10-7 when McCluster fielded the ball and set sail on the first TD punt return the Chiefs have had since Sept. 13, 2010, when McCluster took one back a team-record 94 yards against San Diego during a rain storm. He juked one tackler, put a dizzying 360-degree spin move on another and then broke clear up the middle.

Ryan Succop, who kicked a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, connected on a 53-yarder a few minutes later.

In the fourth quarter, Smith fired a 2-yard TD pass to Charles and a 35-yarder to Bowe, who twisted free of a couple of tacklers.

Individual Statistics
Kansas City Passing:
Alex Smith 24 of 41 for 288 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions

New York Passing:
Eli Manning 18 of 37 for 217 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception

Kansas City Rushing:
Jamaal Charles 18 carries for 65 yards
Alex Smith 7 carries for 37 yards
Knile Davis 1 carry for 2 yards
Chase Daniel 2 carries for -2 yards

New York Rushing:
David Wilson 13 carries for 55 yards
Da'Rel Scott 5 carries for 26 yards
Eli Manning 2 carries for 12 yards
Brandon Jacobs 1 carry for 5 yards

Kansas City Receiving:
Sean McGrath 5 receptions for 64 yards and 1 touchdown
Jamaal Charles 5 receptions for 62 yards and 1 touchdown
Dwayne Bowe 4 receptions for 58 yards and 1 touchdown
Dexter McCluster 5 receptions for 48 yards
Kevin Brock 2 receptions for 27 yards
Donnie Avery 2 receptions for 23 yards
Anthony Sherman 1 reception for 6 yards

New York Receiving:
Victor Cruz 10 receptions for 164 yards and 1 touchdown
Hakeem Nicks 3 receptions for 33 yards
David Wilson 2 receptions for 8 yards
Rueben Randle 1 reception for 7 yards
Brandon Jacobs 1 reception for 5 yards
Da'Rel Scott 1 reception for 0 yards

Kansas City Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Derrick Johnson 8-1-0, Dunta Robinson 5-0-0, Tamba Hali 4-0-2, Sean Smith 4-0-0, Allen Bailey 3-0-1, Akeem Jordan 3-0-0, Eric Berry 2-0-0, Justin Houston 2-0-0, Tyson Jackson 2-1-0, Dontari Poe 2-0-0, Mike Catapano 1-0-0, Marcus Cooper 1-0-0, Mike DeVito 1-0-0, Kendrick Lewis 1-0-0

New York Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Mark Herzlich 7-1-0, Spencer Paysinger 7-0-1, Antrel Rolle 6-0-0, Linval Joseph 3-0-0, Mike Patterson 3-0-0, Aaron Ross 3-0-0, Terrell Thomas 3-0-0, Prince Amukamara 2-1-0, Jacquian Williams 2-0-0, Cullen Jenkins 1-0-0, Mathias Kiwanuka 1-0-0, Trumaine McBride 1-1-0, Ryan Mundy 1-1-0, Jason Pierre-Paul 1-0-0, Shaun Rogers 1-0-0, Justin Tuck 1-0-0

Kansas City Fumble Recoveries:
Eric Berry 1 for 2 yards
Dunta Robinson 1 for 0 yards

New York Fumble Recoveries:
Spencer Paysinger 1 for 0 yards

Kansas City Interceptions:
Quintin Demps 1 for 17 yards

New York Interceptions:
Antrel Rolle 1 for 0 yards
Prince Amukamara 1 for -4 yards





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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