Giants’ upset bid falls short in ‘Monday Night Football’ loss to Chiefs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prime clip has not been benignant to Daniel Jones and the Giants. It was cruel to them Monday night.

Locked successful a taut conflict with the Chiefs, the underdog Giants battled agelong into the evening, taking a pb aboriginal successful the 4th fourth and threatening to excavation Patrick Mahomes and his mates into a deeper spread than they already were in.

There was nary upset, though, arsenic the Giants and Jones could not instrumentality capable vantage of 1 of the worst defenses successful the NFL and Mahomes, acold from brilliant, was capable to prime isolated the Giants connected a last thrust that ended with Harrison Butker’s 34-yard tract extremity with 1:07 near and sent the Giants location with 20-17 nonaccomplishment astatine Arrowhead Stadium.

Jones tossed abbreviated touchdown passes to choky ends Kyle Rudolph and Evan Engram, but the Giants could not bash capable with the shot successful their hands to flight with a victory.

The Giants’ last-gasp violative bid was doomed, arsenic they had nary timeouts to enactment with and it ended with a whimper.

With the crippled tied astatine 17, the Chiefs (4-4) got a immense interruption erstwhile Mahomes was intercepted by Darnay Holmes, but Oshane Ximines was called for an offside penalty. There was besides a questionable 15-yard facemask punishment connected Tae Crowder aft a 14-yard reception by Travis Kelce. A 24-yard shovel walk to speedy Mecole Hardman acceptable up Butker’s game-winning kick, completing a nine-play, 53-yard drive.

GiantsDaniel Jones and the Giants mislaid to the Chiefs connected Monday.AP

The Giants are present 2-6 successful what successful each twelvemonth since 1978 would person been midseason, earlier this year’s summation to a 17-game schedule. This means the Giants are connected gait for a four- oregon five-win season, which would correspond a disappointing backslide aft they finished 6-10 successful 2020, Joe Judge’s archetypal twelvemonth arsenic caput coach.

Jones dropped to 0-6 successful his vocation successful prime-time starts. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 222 yards and shook disconnected an interception connected his archetypal pass. Mahomes (29 of 48, 275 yards) recovered Tyreek Hill 12 times for 94 yards and 1 touchdown.

Once again, the Giants are connected a once-a-month triumph cycle. They went 0-for-September, bushed the Saints successful New Orleans successful aboriginal October and bushed the Panthers past week successful precocious October.

The instrumentality of rookie Kadarius Toney (4-26) did not supply immoderate fireworks and the Giants mislaid Sterling Shepard to different injury.

Down 14-10, the Giants were bending but not breaking connected defence and came up with a cardinal turnover erstwhile Logan Ryan yanked the shot escaped from Travis Kelce. James Bradberry recovered the fumble and returned it 13 yards to the Giants’ 43-yard line. From there, Toney yet got cooking with catches for 11 and 6 yards and the Giants cashed successful erstwhile Engram — yes, Evan Engram — crossed successful beforehand of information Daniel Sorenson connected a 5-yard touchdown reception, with Jones starring Engram the mode helium needed to beryllium led. The Giants were up 17-14 with 14:53 remaining.

The pb did not past long, but this does not mean the Giants caved successful connected defense. They forced the Chiefs to request 14 plays to beforehand 57 yards, stiffened erstwhile Mahomes was sacked by Trent Harris — activated disconnected the signifier squad earlier successful the time — to unit a Butker tract extremity to marque it 17-17.

GiantsJames Bradberry can’t support Mecole Hardman from the extremity zone.Getty Images

The Chiefs got the shot astatine the commencement of the crippled and went to work, carving up the Giants with dinks and dunks and shovel passes. With the top of ease, the Chiefs marched to the Giants’ 5-yard line, got a spot excessively cute with their play-calling and past mislaid the shot erstwhile Mahomes fired excessively hard to Jerick McKinnon. The shot deflected up into the aerial and was intercepted successful the extremity portion by a diving Julian Love. It was interception No. 10 for Mahomes and continued a confounding turnover pattern.

That burst of antiaircraft opportunism was doused erstwhile Jones connected his archetypal walk of the nighttime looked for Darius Slayton but ne'er saw linebacker Willie Gay, who intercepted the shot and returned it to the Giants’ 13-yard line. Four plays later, Mahomes located Hill successful the backmost of the extremity portion for a 7-0 Chiefs lead.

The Giants went three-and-out connected their adjacent possession but 3 consecutive Mahomes misfires got the shot backmost successful the Giants’ hands. They got a immense boost from John Ross’s leaping drawback against information Daniel Sorenson for a 50-yard pickup. The adjacent play was a spot of trickery, arsenic Jones flipped to Toney and Toney fired 19 yards to Shepard. Soon enough, the Giants were connected the Kansas City 1-yard enactment and Rudolph was breaking escaped for his archetypal touchdown reception with the Giants — the archetypal for immoderate Giants choky extremity this season. That completed an 85-yard thrust to propulsion the Giants even.

It became uneven erstwhile Derrick Gore started gashing the Giants successful the crushed game, finishing what helium started with a 3-yard scoring tally to marque it 14-7.

A 41-yard summation connected a surface walk by Devontae Booker — yes, Booker — got the Giants connected the determination again, but they stalled connected the Kansas City 13-yard enactment and Graham Gano’s 23-yard tract extremity pulled the Giants wrong 14-10.