Jobu reviews the Giants’ dominant win over the 49ers.
When I first realized the Giants were traveling to San Francisco to play the 49ers in week six this season I thought three things. The first was ooooh NFC Championship rematch! The second was… ah crap that’s gonna be a tough game. The third was… but didn’t we play them at San Fran in the regular season last year? Twice? Well, if the Giants are going to keep playing like they did on Sunday, I’ll gladly have them play in San Fran every year.
I never would have guessed in a million years that the Giants would whoop the 49ers as badly (26-3) as they did in this game. They destroyed Alex Smith to the tune of six sacks and three interceptions, and put up a bunch of points on a very tough 49ers defense. All those picks and sacks led to a lot of good field position for the Giants, but still. Huge!
The Giants used a house of pressure to rattle Smith throughout the game. They also did a great job of covering Vernon Davis (one of the best Tight Ends in the league) and the rest of the 49ers receiving options, which left Smith vulnerable to being pounded by that vaunted Giants D-Line. Two of Smith’s picks went to Antrel Rolle, who had one of his best overall games as a Giant.
On offense, the Giants never had too far to go because of those turnovers, and that helped Eli put up enough points for the Giants to pretty much be comfortable all game long. The 49ers scored the first three points of the game on a field goal by David Akers, and that was it.
Eli hit Victor Cruz for a six yard TD pass to start the scoring for the G-Men in the second quarter. Lawrence Tynes continued his solid season by nailing a 34-yarder seven minutes later, and it was 10-3. Three minutes into the second half, Ahmad Bradshaw ran it in from one yard out, and the Giants led 17-3. Tynes would add three more field goals in the second half, and the Giants had their 26-3 win. The offense wasn’t brilliant or anything in this game, but they were efficient and they took advantage of the 49ers’ mistakes on offense. That’s all you can ask against a tough defense like that of San Fran.
Most Valuable Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw: 27 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD
Domenik Hixon: 4 catches, 78 yards
Victor Cruz: catches, 58 yards, 1 TD
Lawrence Tynes: 4/5 FG (34, 30, 22, 32) and 2-2 on PATs. his only FG miss was blocked
Featured image courtesy of: Marcio José Sanchez/AP
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