Antrel Rolle with Two Picks – Photo by US Presswire
Giants Dominate 49ers 26-3: The New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers 26-3 earlier today at Candlestick Park. The win improved the Giants’ overall record to 4-2.
Offensively, the Giants gained 342 total net yards with 149 rushing yards and 193 passing yards. New York did not turn the football over and did not commit an offensive penalty. The Giants scored two touchdowns and four field goals on six scoring drives.
Defensively, the Giants allowed 314 total net yards with 80 net yards rushing and 234 net yards passing. QB Alex Smith of the 49ers was intercepted three times and the Giants accrued six sacks. Most importantly, the 49ers only scored once, a harmless field goal drive in the first quarter.
San Francisco’s two best offensive drives came in the first quarter as the 49ers drove 59 yards in 12 plays on their first possession and 61 yards in 12 plays on their second possession. However, the two drives only amounted to a 3-0 lead for San Francisco as PK David Akers missed a 43-yard field goal and made a 42-yard field goal.
The Giants only gained 24 yards and one first down on their first two possessions. But New York put together two scoring drives on their next two possessions by first driving 67 yards in seven plays to take a 7-3 lead when QB Eli Manning hit WR Victor Cruz for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Then after a three-and-out by the 49ers, the Giants drove 51 yards in eight plays to set up a 34-yard field goal by PK Lawrence Tynes to go up 10-3.
After the 49ers punted on their ensuing drive, each team had a chance to add points but missed field goals. Tynes had a 40-yard field goal blocked with 15 seconds left before the half. San Francisco then connected on a 36-yard deep pass but Akers missed the 52-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
At the half, the Giants led 10-3.
The Giants took control of the game early in the third quarter. After a 66-yard kickoff return by HB David Wilson, the Giants scored a touchdown seven plays and 32 yards later when HB Ahmad Bradshaw scored from 1-yard out on third-and-goal. Giants 17 – 49ers 3.
On the 49ers first drive of the second half, S Antrel Rolle intercepted Smith at the 49er 32-yard line and returned the pick to the 12-yard line. While the Giants could not gain a yard, they did add to their lead when Tynes connected from 30 yards out. Giants 20 – 49ers 3.
On San Francisco’s second possession of the half, Rolle intercepted Smith again, this time at the 49er 27-yard line and he returned the ball to the 5-yard line. Again, the Giants could not finish with a touchdown, but they did add another field goal. Giants 23 – 49ers 3.
On the 49ers next possession, they did manage to drive from their own 15-yard line to the Giants’ 29-yard line. But on 4th-and-15, San Francisco was held short of the first down and the 49ers turned the football over on downs shortly before the end of the third quarter.
Both the Giants and 49ers then each punted the ball away twice. The Giants then salted the game away with a 13-play, 67-yard drive that not only added another field goal to the Giants’ lead, but most importantly took over seven minutes off of the clock. When the 49ers got the ball back, there was only 1:56 left in the game. The Giants stopped the 49ers on their final drive with a sack on 4th-and-3 from the Giants’ 32-yard line.
Manning finished the game 15-of-28 for 193 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. Cruz caught six passes for 58 yards and 1 touchdown. WR Domenik Hixon caught four passes for 78 yards and WR Hakeem Nicks caught three passes for 44 yards. Bradshaw gained 116 yards on 27 carriers while Wilson chipped in with 35 yards on seven carries.
Defensively, Rolle had two interceptions and CB Prince Amukamara had another. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (2), DE Adrian Tracy, DT Linval Joseph, LB Jacquian Williams, and LB Mathias Kiwanuka all had sacks.
Highlights of the game are available at NFL.com.
Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were HB Andre Brown (concussion), WR Jerrel Jernigan, TE Adrien Robinson, OT James Brewer, Adewale Ojomo, DT Rocky Bernard (quadriceps), and S Kenny Phillips (knee).
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