Giants vs. Chiefs 2013 final score: Alex Smith leads Kansas City to victory, 31-7

Jamie Squire

Kansas City's methodical approach was too much for the New York Giants.

Alex Smith threw three touchdowns, the defense forced four turnovers and the Kansas City Chiefs blew the doors off the New York Giants in a 31-7 win on Sunday.

The Giants are 0-4 for the first time since the 1987 season as Eli Manning was unable to lead his team back from a three-point halftime deficit. The Chiefs used a methodical offense to reach the elusive 4-0 mark, the organization's best start since 2003.

Inconsistency doomed a Giants' offense that saw big gains and stalled drives. Manning didn't help his team enough, giving up costly turnovers on multiple occasions.

New York finished 1-of-13 on third down, the team badly hurt by a weak rushing attack that's been an ongoing issue. David Wilson managed just 55 yards rushing, while the Giants' defense was unable to pressure Smith, sacking him once.

Smith threw his first and second interceptions of the season, but the mistakes weren't enough to derail the offense. He's used to playing the role of game manager and mitigating the mistakes of his teammates, but on Sunday it was the ancillary cast who stepped up for Smith.

A freak interception was quickly shrugged off as Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89-yards for a touchdown, securing the victory. This was followed by two more Alex Smith touchdown passes to put the exclamation point on the day.

Injury Update

The Giants lost two defensive ends late in the game with both Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul leaving the field.

Fantasy studs and dude

Victor Cruz had an excellent day, despite the Giants' loss. He finished with 164 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Did they cover?

The Kansas City Chiefs were 3.5-point favorites, according to OddsShark. Their 24-point victory means they covered the spread.

What's next?

Oct. 6: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia

Oct. 6: Kansas City vs. Tennessee

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