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Week 15 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 17, New York Giants 27


What you need to know

Kansas City Chiefs

RB Larry Johnson ran for over 100 yards for the seventh consecutive game, adding to his team record set last week. Johnson scored twice on the ground, yet failed to punch it in a third time on three consecutive carries near the Giantsí goal line. Kansas City had to settle for a short field goal instead. Johnson went on to rack up over five yards a carry, rushing 31 times for 167 yards.

QB Trent Green had a sub par performance, throwing for under 200 yards. WR Samie Parker collected six passes for 87 yards which led all Chief receivers in both categories, as neither WR Eddie Kennison nor TE Tony Gonzalez could produce much in Week 15.

WR Eddie Kennison caught the last pass of the game for Kansas City, but appeared to hurt himself on the play. He was seen leaving the locker room after the game on crutches and in a knee brace.

Kansas City played terrible defense, missing tackle after tackle and giving up tons of yardage after contact to RB Tiki Barber.

New York Giants

RB Tiki Barber seemed to want to make a statement that there was another running back playing in this game, as he made a strong case to be considered for postseason accolades. Barber ran for 220 yards, a New York Giant record, which broke a mark of 218 set 55 years ago. He finished with 249 total yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by four runs of 20 yards or more. This was the fifth consecutive game that Barber surpassed 100 yards rushing.

QB Eli Manning did not have a good game, throwing for under 200 yards and missing open receivers on a few occasions. Manning recorded one pass for over 20 yards, but that was buoyed by yards after the catch. WR Amani Toomer was stopped after 11 yards at the Chiefs 20 yard line, yet managed to stay off the ground and break a tackle to continue on to the end zone. Toomer led all Giantsí receivers with five catches and 69 yards.

TE Jeremy Shockey and WR Plaxico Burress were both targeted eight and seven times, respectively, but were only able to combine for five catches and 67 total yards. Both receivers were able to get open, especially Burress, but QB Manning could not place the ball where it needed to be for either to make the catch.


What you ought to know

QB Trent Green, Pass: 15 - 28 - 176 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 21 - 0

Green had a mediocre performance throwing the ball against the Giants, completing just over 50% of his passes. He failed to find the end zone or throw for over 200 yards, and he added a late interception to his record. Green was able to scramble for 21 yards total on two plays that picked up first downs, but he could not get WR Eddie Kennison nor TE Tony Gonzalez consistently involved in the passing game.

Green targeted WR Samie Parker most often, looking at him for ten of his 28 throws. Green had a few of his passes dropped, but they were usually by a receiver that was not a normal producer in the Kansas City passing game such at RB Tony Richardson.

RB Larry Johnson, Rush: 31 - 167 - 2, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (4 targets)

Larry Johnson had another outstanding game, but was overshadowed by his counterpart in the person of Giants RB Tiki Barber. Johnson ran for over 100 yards for the seventh consecutive game, a Chiefs team record set last week by Johnson himself. Johnson also found the end zone twice against the Giants, increasing his tally to 11 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards rushing in just his last seven games.

Johnson carried the ball 31 times for an impressive 176 yards, an average of over five yards a carry. Johnson also added two receptions for 17 more yards to go along with his two rushing scores. His only regret may be that he failed to score a third touchdown, as he had three carries inside the five yard line in the second quarter but was kept out of the end zone each time.

RB Tony Richardson, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)

Richardson carried the ball once for no yards in the opening quarter. He was also thrown a short pass for an attempted screen in the final minute of the first half but dropped a slightly low throw.

WR Samie Parker, Rec: 6 - 87 - 0 (10 targets)

Parker had another good game in Week 15, as he is becoming a favorite of QB Trent Green. Parker had the most targets of any Chief, getting ten chances to make a play. However, in one instance he tried a bit too hard. Parkerís longest catch was for 24 yards in the second quarter, but he fumbled just as Kansas City had crossed midfield in the two minute drill. Instead of the Chiefs having another scoring chance before halftime, the turnover led to a 10-3 halftime lead.

Parker caught at least one ball and had at least two targets in every quarter. He was personally responsible for almost 50% of Greenís production (87 of 176 yards), and he moved the chains on all six of his catches. Parker also gained 20 yards for his team by drawing a pass interference call in the fourth quarter.

WR Eddie Kennison, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (5 targets)

Kennison was targeted just once before halftime as most of the chances were going towards WR Samie Parker. Kennison had just one catch for 12 yards after 30 minutes of play. He had two more targets in the third, catching the first for six yards. The second target was a 25 yard down and in route that Kennison short armed and got clobbered as he crossed through the New York secondary. He was shaken up a bit on that play but returned to the game shortly thereafter.

Kennison added one final catch on the last play of the game for Kansas City, as he caught a ball near the sidelines and struggled to try and get out of bounds. As a result of that struggle he fumbled the ball away to the Giants and also seemed to favor his knee.

Late word from the game had Kennison leaving the locker room on crutches and with a brace on his left knee.

WR Dante Hall (2 targets)

Hall had two passes thrown towards him. In the second quarter, a pass of roughly ten yards came his way but the ball was defended by Giantsí CB Will Allen. The other target came in the final quarter as QB Trent Green scrambled and threw the ball out of bounds near Hall.

WR Chris Horn (4 targets)

Horn was targeted four times, but only one was catchable. He had a pass of about 30 yards skip off his fingers in the third quarter. Had he caught the ball it would have set up a first and goal for the Chiefs.

Horn just happened to be the closest receiver on two other targets as QB Trent Green threw the ball away while scrambling. Another pass was in his general direction, and he may have been the intended receiver but just ran a very poor (or wrong) route.

TE Tony Gonzalez, Rec: 4 - 51 - 0 (6 targets)

Gonzalez had limited opportunities to produce against the Giants in Week 15, but did manage to catch a pass for the 82nd consecutive game. He was sometimes kept in to block for QB Trent Green, and he was only targeted six times downfield. His first chance was a pass down the seam for about 30 yards that ticked off his outstretched arms. The ball was not catchable as he was at full extension when he barely touched it.

Gonzalez added four more catches of 12, 11, three and 25 yards respectively on his next four attempts, with the three longest passes getting the added bonus of a first down for the Chiefs. His final target sailed over his head by a wide margin in the waning moments of the game and resulted in an interception.

KC Rush Defense

The Chiefs missed tackle after tackle and could not stop RB Tiki Barber. On Barberís 41 yard touchdown, 10 Chiefs were counted as having a chance to make the tackle but yet failed to do so. Barber set a club record for rushing against a terrible defense.

KC Pass Defense

New York did not pass the ball effectively, but they were able to rely on a powerful and productive run attack. QB Eli Manning threw for less than 200 yards, but he turned the ball over just once and did manage a touchdown pass to WR Amani Toomer. The poor tackling continued here, as Toomer broke two tackles and waltzed in to the end zone for a touchdown.


QB Eli Manning, Pass: 17 - 32 - 186 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - -3 - 0

Manning did not have a very good day throwing the ball to his receivers. He often had the time to stand and deliver the ball but did not rise to meet the challenge. He completed barely more than 50% of his pass attempts, and his one touchdown pass to WR Amani Toomer was aided by poor tackling by the Chiefsí secondary. Aside from that touchdown, Manning did not complete a pass for 20 yards or more. He had WR Plaxico Burress open in the end zone and underthrew him so badly that Kansas City CB Dexter McCleon had time to adjust and intercept the pass.

Manning was sacked only once, but he failed to protect the ball and lost it on a fumble.

RB Tiki Barber, Rush: 29 - 220 - 2, Rec: 5 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)

Barber was the star of the game, without question. He ran for over 220 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the Giants record for most yards rushing in a single game. The record dates back to 1950, and the 220 yards were the most by any NFL RB in two years.

Barber broke tackle after tackle, refusing to go down on many of his carries. Most of his yards came after contact, which also speaks to how badly the Chiefs defense was tackling. Barber broke off four runs of 20 yards or more, scoring on two of those carries. He also added five catches for 29 more yards, as he finished the game with well over 60% of the total Giants offense.

Barberís totals were even more impressive considering that he did not get off to a very good start. After the first quarter, he had logged nine carries for just 12 yards, but he was well on his way to a record pace by halftime. His first touchdown of 41 yards came in the second quarter, improving his yardage to 69 yards after 30 minutes of play.

RB Derrick Ward, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)

Ward came in for relief of RB Tiki Barber, often after one of Barberís longer carries. He finished with two carries and one catch for 13 total yards.

WR Amani Toomer, Rec: 5 - 69 - 1 (9 targets)

Toomer made his own highlight by not giving up on his touchdown reception. As he was about to be tackled at about the Kansas City 20 yard line, he fought to stay off the turf and managed somehow to keep his leg from touching him down. As he struggled he was able to break the tackle and walk into the end zone untouched after that point, completing a 31 yard touchdown in the critical fourth quarter.

Toomer added three catches in the opening period of 34 total yards, and an additional short catch in the third quarter for four more.

WR Plaxico Burress, Rec: 2 - 34 - 0 (7 targets)

Burress was open often, usually running deep crossing routes between the corners and the safeties. He had opportunities to score, but QB Eli Manning could not deliver the ball in the right spot for him to reel it in. One of those passes deep towards the end zone was thrown so poorly that it resulted in the only interception of the game by the Chiefs.

Burress caught two passes, one for 19 yards in the first quarter and another for 15 yards in the final period. Both were good for first downs. Burress could have had far more production in Week 15 if Manning had delivered the ball to him where it needed to be.

WR Tim Carter, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)

Carter caught one 16 yard pass in the second quarter for a first down. He later lost two yards on an ugly attempt at an end around.

TE Jeremy Shockey, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (8 targets)

Shockey caught just three balls for 33 total yards despite eight chances. However, only his first chance that fell incomplete could be attributed as his fault. Shockey was open more than three times, but the ball was once overthrown and another pass was tipped at the line. He caught two passes in the second quarter for 24 total yards, and later added a nine yard catch in the third quarter.

NYG Rush Defense

The Chiefs missed tackle after tackle and could not stop RB Tiki Barber. On Barberís 41 yard touchdown, 10 Chiefs were counted as having a chance to make the tackle but yet failed to do so. Barber set a club record for rushing against a terrible defense.

NYG Pass Defense

New York did not pass the ball effectively, but they were able to rely on a powerful and productive run attack. QB Eli Manning threw for less than 200 yards, but he turned the ball over just once and did manage a touchdown pass to WR Amani Toomer. The poor tackling continued here, as Toomer broke two tackles and waltzed in to the end zone for a touchdown.




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