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The Chiefs managed to edge the lowly Giants, but they still look nothing like themselves

Patrick Mahomes looks to pass during Monday night’s narrow win over the Giants. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Everyone keeps waiting for the real version of the Kansas City Chiefs to show up.

But perhaps this is the real version of the Chiefs, circa 2021.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his teammates failed again to get the offense revved up Monday night. There were more turnovers. But while it was far from aesthetically pleasing, the Chiefs at least managed to hang in there and get back to .500. They plodded along and beat the New York Giants in inelegant fashion, 20-17, at Arrowhead Stadium.

“It feels like a microcosm of the whole, entire year,” Mahomes told ESPN afterward. “We have great moments. We have bad moments. So, I mean, if we want to be who we want to be, we’ve got to get better and be better for a full game.”

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