The Giants’ season-long issues in the kicking game have arisen yet again on Sunday in Kansas City.
With the Giants trailing just 10-7 late in the third quarter, the Chiefs’ Dexter McCluster broke free for an 89-yard punt return touchdown. It’s the second punt return score the Giants have surrendered in four games this season.
The Giants’ special teams struggles didn’t stop there. In the final moments of the first half, placekicker Josh Brown missed a 44-yard field goal that would have evened the score at 10.
Finally, the Giants committed an illegal formation foul for putting seven players on one of the line on a fourth-quarter Kansas City field goal attempt, giving the Chiefs a first down.
The Giants trail 17-7 in the fourth quarter. Should they fall to 0-4, their special teams’ woes would have had a material role in their continued slide.