Struggling Kansas City Chiefs beat New York Giants to 0.500 | NFL


Harrison Butker scored two goals in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead from 34 yards with 1:07 remaining, and the Kansas City Chiefs rushed to a 20-17 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 275 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Chiefs (4-4), who had to overcome two more turnovers as well as 12 penalties for over 100 yards on a cold and wet night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs with 12 catches for 94 yards and one touchdown. Mecole Hardman added five catches for 63 yards, including a 24-yard catch and run on the last practice that saw Butker clinch the winning basket.

Daniel Jones had 222 passing yards with two touchdowns and a pick for the Giants (2-6), but he’s also been sacked three times, including twice after the Chiefs kicked off with a little more one minute to play.

The Chiefs diced the Giants in their first practice, but for the fourth time this season, Mahomes bounced a pass at his intended target for an interception – this time running back Jerick McKinnon. It was the seventh straight game Mahomes had pitched a pick and was his league-leading 10th of the season. It was also a disturbing sign for an offense that did little to justify its high-flying reputation.

The Chiefs scored moments later after Jones returned the ball to them, but they struggled to regain their familiar attacking rhythm. Mahomes seemed to be in a different playbook than his wide receivers, tight end Travis Kelce was seen as a non-factor by the New York defense and the penalties began to pile up.

In fact, the Chiefs almost turned completely to the ground when they walked in for their second touchdown. It was the rarely used Derrick Gore who extended seven times for 43 yards before breaking the goal line for his first career scoreline.

The Giants, not very dynamic in themselves, were the ones who often moved the ball at will. Without running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay, both still clear of injuries, Jones was able to rely on Booker and his backup receivers to run 85 yards for an early touchdown, most of which came when John Ross III beat safety Daniel Sorensen for a 50-yard catch that made his pass interference penalty moot.

The Giants added an 86-yard drive later in the first half that produced a field goal. And early in the fourth quarter, Evan Engram beat Sorensen at the pylon for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead.

Somehow, the conflicting bosses found a way to get back into the game.

They worked their way into a field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Then their much-maligned defense held up the third down and Giants punter Riley Dixon sent a wobbler out of bounds to give them a privileged position on the pitch.

Mahomes and Co finished the comeback by putting Butker in position for the go-ahead basket.


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