Giants hit the Chiefs where it hurts

By Hugo Guzman  |   Monday, December 19, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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Most of the talk going into the final home game for the New York Giants, against the Kansas City Chiefs, was about injuries for the Giants. Along the offensive line and linebackers, the Giants were hit hard. However as it turned out, they only hurt the Chiefs, who were hit hard, offensively and defensively. The Giants won decisively 27-17 at the Meadowlands.

Tiki Barber had a career day and continues to push people into considering him for the NFL MVP Award. Tiki rushed 29 times for a New York Giants regular season best, 220 yards with a pair of touchdowns. The offensive line missed both starting tackles Luke Petitgout and Kareem McKenzie. However, Bob Whitfield stepped in at left tackle and David Diehl moved to right tackle. Rich Seubert started his first game in over two seasons, at left guard. The line proved to be a strong point for the Giants. The Chiefs defense however couldn't tackle anything on Saturday afternoon.

Eli Manning's troubles continued. He only completed 17 of his 32 passes for 186 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The touchdown, caught by Amani Toomer, gave him a total of five catches for 69 yards. Plaxico Burress only caught two passes for 34 yards. Jay Feely supported with field goals (41, 35).

The Giants played without two starting linebackers, Antonio Pierce and Carlos Emmons. In their place, Nick Greisen and Chase Blackburn started. The two combined for 11 solo tackles.

Trent Green passed for 176 yards with 15 completed passes and an interception. Larry Johnson had a good day, but was clearly outdone by Tiki. Johnson rushed the ball 31 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Sammie Parker led the Chiefs with six receptions and 87 yards. Tony Gonzalez caught four balls for 51 yards.

The dynamic pass rushing duo for the Giants, Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora could not sack Trent green. As a matter of fact, only Kenderick Allen, a back-up defensive lineman, was able to.

With the loss, and the Chargers winning, the Chiefs have an extremely difficult road to the playoffs. The Giants on the other hand, will be able to clinch the NFC East Division crown with a win at Washington next week. The Redskins will be looking for revenge after being shut out a couple of months ago at Giants stadium. Also, the ‘Skins will be fighting for their own playoff lives. Along with the division crown at stake, the Giants need to win out to have a chance at the number two seed in the NFC.
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