Giants 26, 49ers 3: Smith, Niners Get Tangled Up in Blue
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
Before the game, the talk was about about an unrelenting defense and a smash-and-bash rushing attack. The crowd was certainly treated to that, except it was the wrong team that provided it.
The Giants (4-2) came into Candlestick Park today heavy underdogs, without a chance. They left with their heads held high and everyone else without a clue. They simply beat the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) at their own game, physically beating them up and down the field and making them pay for their multiple mistakes.
When it was all over, the Giants had 26 points to the 49ers’ 3. The Niners had been throttling opponents’ running games not allowing a 100-yard rusher in the past 23 games at home and only one in the previous 43 games overall.
That ended today. The Giants’ offensive line, who everyone continues to malign without any physical evidence, pushed the Niner defense around and led the way to a 152 yard day, 116 for Ahmad Bradshaw.
They also protected QB Eli Manning (15/23, 198 yds and TD), who was hurried a few times but not sacked.
The defense was the story, though. They went after the Alex Smith, the league’s top passer and forced him into hurries and multiple errors. He threw 3 INTs – one to Prince Amukamara and two to Antrel Rolle, who did not have any TV cameras to impede his path.
The Giants’ defense recorded six sacks after coming into the game with only eight. They held the mighty Niners to 80 yards on the ground and only 36 for Frank Gore.
Rookie David Wilson had a 66-yard kickoff return. Victor Cruz caught the only TD reception, a 6-yard pass from Eli in the second quarter