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San Francisco, CA – The New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers by the score of 20-17. This was a defensive battle the whole way and the conditions helped the defenses as well. This was an old school, smash mouth football game. The two teams really did not do much offensively. The big plays on both sides are what led to the points. The Giants got lucky on one as the punt hit off the returner’s knee leading to a Giants touchdown.
The initial ruling on the field was that it was not touched. The officials after reviewing the play had to change it and give the Giants the ball at the San Francisco 25-yard line. The Giants then in overtime after not moving the ball again a couple of times and the Niners being stopped also punted the ball away. The 49ers on the return fumbled it and gave it to the Giants in field goal range. They got one first down and then just ran it three times and set up the field goal. Lawrence Tynes hit the game winning field goal in overtime again to lift the Giants to the Super Bowl. This was once again a magical run reminiscent of four years ago for the Giants.
The defenses of both teams came to play. Eli Manning was 32-58 for 316 yards and two touchdowns. It was a record fifth playoff road win. It was their first playoff road win in a row and fifth out of six overall. The Giants once again are road warriors, just like four years ago. The only difference this year is that the first playoff game was at home. They still had to go through Green Bay and San Francisco though, which was not an easy task at all. They now have the New England Patriots waiting once again.
The Patriots ironically have not lost a game since the Giants in New England beat them earlier in the season. The Patriots have won ten games in a row since then.
Victor Cruz once again had a big game for the Giants as he caught ten passes for 142 yards. Eight of the ten catches were in the first half though as the San Francisco defense really tightened up and brutalized Manning in the second half. Ahmad Bradshaw was the leading rusher with 20 attempts for 74 yards and Brandon Jacobs was a non-factor as he only rushed it five times for 13 yards. Hakeem Nicks had five catches for 55 yards, Bradshaw had six for 52 and Henry Hynoski had three catches for 20 yards. Mario Manningham only had one catch for 17 yards but it was a big touchdown catch.
Travis Beckum had four catches for 16 yards, Jacobs had two for eight, Bear Pascoe had one for six, and it was a touchdown. Tynes was 2-2 on field goals and it was a 31 yard game winner. He also made both extra points.
Alex Smith was 12-26 for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Frank Gore was the niners leading rusher with 16 attempts for 74 yards. Smith rushed it six times for 42 yards, Kendall Hunter had four rushes for 31 yards and Dixon had two rushes for three yards. Vernon Davis once again had a big game with three catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Gore had six catches for 45 yards, Walker had two for 36 and Crabtree only had one for three yards. Akers was 1-1 on field goals and 2-2 on extra points. The field goal was a 25 yarder.
Chase Blackburn was the leading tackler for the Giants with five and two assists. Jason Pierre-Paul had five tackles, one assist and ½ a sack. Justin Tuck had 1 ½ sacks, Osi Umenyiora had ½ a sack and Mathias Kiwanuka had ½ a sack. Devin Thomas had two huge fumble recoveries on special teams. This was a fight to the finish and whoever was left standing would win the game. The Giants were left standing at the end. The two teams should be commended because they both played a tough, hardnosed well played game. It was a defensive battle and both quarterbacks were being hammered, I think Manning even more so as he had more passing opportunities. Manning deserves a lot of credit for getting knocked down, blood and guts left on the field and he kept coming back at them.
The Giants will now have a rematch of their classic Super Bowl 42 win over the New England Patriots. I would expect the Super Bowl to be a complete opposite of this game. I would expect a high scoring shootout. The two defenses have improved since the last time these two met. I still would think this is going to be a wide-open passing game with two Elite quarterbacks going at it. I think it will be a good game, another nail biter and we will see if Manning could move ahead of his brother with a second super bowl championship.