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49ers-Giants will not be a “cute football game”

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Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty nicely summed up Wednesday why so many of us are looking forward to the NFC title game.

He also gave a pull quote that both tabloids in New York couldn’t resist using. Hate when that happens.

“This is not going to be a cute football game. It’s not going to be for the meek and mild,” Canty said. “This is going to be a bloodbath, that’s what it’s going to be.

“They do not try to make it a secret, they try to beat you up. We pride ourselves on being a physical football team. Something’s gotta give on Sunday. Something’s gotta give.”

This will be a hard-hitting game. The offensive line that holds up the best will probably win, because both offensive lines will be  overmatched.

Then again, these teams aren’t exactly “ground and pound” groups all the time. The 49ers actually had an uncharacteristic pass-first approach against the Giants in their first meeting. It was effective; Alex Smith played very well.  San Francisco threw a lot last week as well.

The Giants would like to run the ball, but they haven’t been effective most of the year at doing so. It’s almost impossible to run on the 49ers.

Even though we expect physical play Sunday, this game will probably come down to quarterbacks and pass rushers. Like most games.

(Photo courtesy of Albert Breer . . . at his hotel.)

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  1. bspurloc says: Jan 19, 2012 10:20 AM

    bradshaw will be ALLOWED to play this time.
    Eli isn’t being his typical throw anywhere or at peoples feet self.

    niners are in trouble. they should have lost easily last match up if not for the above.
    If u dont understand that u obviously havent seen Eli play or attempt to play

  2. vegaskid21 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:23 AM

    Why would anybody refer to a NFL football game as cute?

  3. clmdcbm23 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    I don’t know whether or not this is a known thing but Alex Smith looks exactly like Aaron Rogers. I noticed it during his press conference yesterday and the resemblance is scary.

  4. xtb3 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:27 AM

    Both teams were tackling the ball last weekend. The ball will be wet and slick this week. Turnovers will decide this game.

  5. skeebo80 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:31 AM

    Giants need to just give up already on running the ball. It’s not happening. I give the niners D the edge because not only are they good on the line but the linebackers and secondary are better. Look for Gore to have a big day.

  6. tebowpraystobrady says: Jan 19, 2012 10:34 AM

    Yawn! Who cares…they are both playing for the right to get beat by 20 by Tom Brady!

  7. rkab22 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:37 AM

    I think the whole concept of this being a ground and pound game are off-base but nothing seems to stop these Giants from talking.

    The Giants are the worst rushing team in the league and live and die on Eli’s arm (they are much more chuck and duck than ground and pound.) Their d-line is fast and full of good pass rushers but they don’t exactly stop the run well either.

    The last SF-NYG game was when Harbaugh began to open the offense up more for Smith. Some think its opened up too much. I think its a function of Gore’s health toward the end of the year. The offensive line tends to be night-and-day when they are home versus on the road.

    Most of the games SF has played this year have been bloodbaths. Ask the 7 starting RBs who have left the field injured against this defense.

    I worry more its just going to be a sloppy game in part due to weather where a slip and fall or dumb luck could decide the game between two very good teams. I just want one team to prove its better than the other and move on.

  8. franknunley57 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:37 AM

    N.J. Gov. Christie is already planning the Super Bowl parade. Slow down there big guy.

  9. jackntorres says: Jan 19, 2012 10:39 AM

    Smith playing well last week is the WORST thing that could’ve happened to the 49ers. He’s getting resigned no matter what now and the law of averages knows he only throws for 17 tds in a GOOD year lol. Enjoy a mediocre offense with a pretty good (not great I mean you forced 5 TOs and still let the saints have 32 with 460 yards passing) defense for the length of smiths contract.

  10. waxthat says: Jan 19, 2012 10:45 AM

    bspurloc says:
    Jan 19, 2012 10:20 AM
    bradshaw will be ALLOWED to play this time.
    Eli isn’t being his typical throw anywhere or at peoples feet self.

    niners are in trouble. they should have lost easily last match up if not for the above.
    If u dont understand that u obviously havent seen Eli play or attempt to play

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    Delusional. When I see the words “should have” I stop reading.

    Reality is, Spurloc, your team lost in week 10 and this game is going to be a bloodbath. Should be a another close one. Good luck to those Giants fans out there with knowledge of the game and respect for your opponent. This could trump last week for game of the year.

  11. stevescars says: Jan 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    tebowpraystobrady says:
    Jan 19, 2012 10:34 AM
    Yawn! Who cares…they are both playing for the right to get beat by 20 by Tom Brady!

    Oh yeah, just like when the Giants played Brady in the ’07 Super Bowl! The only difference this time will be that the Pats have a horrendous defense.

    PS: Pats haven’t beaten a time with a winning record all year. Look it up.

  12. mikeeg says: Jan 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    Puppies and babies are cute….. not football

  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:52 AM

    @ clmdcbm23 – Re: Smith and Rodgers look alike- OMG yes! I noticed that too! They are like blonde and brown twins, so weird. Now with the same # of nfc championship game berths as eachother.

    I guess I never noticed before because to see a picture of alex smith before this year, I’d have had to flip to the “totally irrelavent bust” pages, and I hardly ever have time to do that with all the time I spend reading the next excuse that Reid puts out as to why he “needs to do a better job there.”

  14. 8man says: Jan 19, 2012 10:53 AM

    This is going to be a classic football game. Both of these teams are playing at a very high level. The Niners are coming off a great regular season and dispatching the mighty Saints and the Giants have been winning playoff games and kicking some serious ass since week 17.

    Great job by two very worthy squads. The winner truly will be the NFC Champion. Looking forward to it.

  15. skito13 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:53 AM

    How many points did the 49 give up last week,32? What would that number b without all those turnovers?

  16. gisellichek says: Jan 19, 2012 10:56 AM

    Lord… Please give Eli the luck he always has to pull another inprobable win out of his butt!!!

    Go Gmen!!!

  17. darrelb says: Jan 19, 2012 10:59 AM

    tebowpraystobrady says:
    Jan 19, 2012 10:34 AM
    Yawn! Who cares…they are both playing for the right to get beat by 20 by Tom Brady!

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    Oh, please. The AFC is sissy football. They should put cheer leader outfits on and play flag football. Actually, they already do.

  18. jackntorres says: Jan 19, 2012 11:00 AM

    How many points did the 49 give up last week,32? What would that number b without all those turnovers?
    —–

    Right great D huh. I mean credit them for causing turnovers but the Saints still marched up and down like a parade on em.

  19. franknunley57 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:01 AM

    @jackntorres says:

    Smith signed a 1 yr contract this year.

  20. hawks49 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:02 AM

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the Giants are a great team and this is going to be a heck of a game but I’m seriously getting tired of hearing about how much better they are since the last time we played them.

    The way I remember it:
    – We played the vast majority of the game on their side of the field
    – Went 4/6 in FGs and sucking in the redzone
    – Ginn killing a drive off his face mask
    – A game without Gore

    The Giants were ranked 3rd to 7th in virtually every power ranking going into that week and like so many others we derailed their momentum.

    – Giants were 6-2 we sent them on a skid after the loss and had a losing record the rest of the season.
    – Bucs had a winning record when we played them… they won once again after us
    – Lions were 5-0 and and “unstoppable” they went 5-6 after us.
    – Even the Eagles had to win to have a chance at the playoffs and we destroyed their hopes putting them at 1-3.
    – Saints 9 straight wins and now they will be watching from home.

    We have done well in these high pressure match ups when the other teams were at their best or forced to play at their best.

    I am confident about this game. Its just what we have been doing all year long. It’s understandable that casual fans are not picking up on that.

    Go Niners!

  21. Henry says: Jan 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    Yeah, you go SF, beat up the Giants real good so they’re all clapped out when they face the Patriots in the Superbowl!

  22. ninerdynasty says: Jan 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    jackntorres says: Jan 19, 2012 10:39 AM

    Smith playing well last week is the WORST thing that could’ve happened to the 49ers. He’s getting resigned no matter what now and the law of averages knows he only throws for 17 tds in a GOOD year lol. Enjoy a mediocre offense with a pretty good (not great I mean you forced 5 TOs and still let the saints have 32 with 460 yards passing) defense for the length of smiths contract.
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    HAHA you finally came out of your cave!! you an aveg QB beat you? sure sounds like it. btw.. the not so great D barely allowed 17pts to the “greatest offense of all time” for 55 mins. enjoy the couch bro!

  23. jackntorres says: Jan 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    The 49ers would have won the SB 10-20 years ago with this team but they missed that boat. Their greatest team ability is on defense stopping the run, but the run is not what beats you in today’s NFL. Whether we like it or not the rules have changed, and I do believe it is better for players’ health in the long run which is what matters. On the flip side they badly need an offensive passing game and depth in the secondary. Go Eli.

  24. jackntorres says: Jan 19, 2012 11:07 AM

    BTW the 49ers made the Saints look like they have a pass rush, and as a Saints fan I can tell you we don’t. What do you think the Giants pass rush will do?

  25. fsxv13 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:09 AM

    skito13 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 10:53 AM
    How many points did the 49 give up last week,32? What would that number b without all those turnovers?

    ————————————–

    Don’t know and it doesn’t matter. They forced the turnovers. That’s what good D does and that’s why we need to be worried this week.

    How many points would GB have scored if we didn’t cause three (FOUR god d@mn it) fumbles? It was a 3 score game, maybe GB could have scored on all three of those possessions, pretty sure they were threatening on all three of them.

  26. sdelmonte says: Jan 19, 2012 11:10 AM

    Doesn’t he mean “mudbath,” given the forecast?

  27. jdandcoke says: Jan 19, 2012 11:13 AM

    since the giants D finally got healthy, how have they played? why would anyone reference what the niners did to a shell of the current giants D back in the regular season? (a game the niners were losing until the giants lost their defensive QB, mike boley). if the falcons and packers could basically do nothing against the giants D, then why will the niners be able to?

    yes, the giants did go 9-7 in the regular season. they got healthy on defense a month ago though and are now the best team in football.

    giants 27-13

  28. wenellniners says: Jan 19, 2012 11:13 AM

    How many points did the 49 give up last week,32? What would that number b without all those turnovers?

    ________

    but turnovers are a part of the game and the niners have done a good job all year of forcing turnovers.

    it’s kind of like saying, where would the giants be right now if the green bay receivers didn’t have 8 drops.

    fundamental execution usually wins the game so you can’t discount those factors bro.

  29. jacunn2000 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:15 AM

    I never thought I would say this as a Dallas fan, but GO NINERS!!!

  30. briank1ne says: Jan 19, 2012 11:16 AM

    @skito
    So ur saying that the niners defense is bad? Most takeaways and least ammount of points allowed. They faced drew brees dummy. That guy is amazing and better than eli.

  31. shaner329 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:18 AM

    I’m still having a hard time predicting who wins this game.

    Talent wise I give the edge to the 9ers defense. Their defense this season is unreal, the types of tackles they make are unprecedented. They apply constant pressure to the QB and have a pretty talented secondary to back up the pass rush.

    The only way I see the Giants winning is 1) They are hot right now and 2) They have the superior pass offense.

    Either way this is going to be an extremely great game to watch.

  32. savagenation2011 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:20 AM

    Niners defense hits like trucks. You wont get away with those Nicks/Cruz stuff over the middle

  33. snowpea84 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:23 AM

    49ers by ten. 23-13.

  34. east96st says: Jan 19, 2012 11:23 AM

    “N.J. Gov. Christie is already planning the Super Bowl parade. Slow down there big guy.”

    In fairness, when you’re ordering that much food, you have to give the caterers advanced notice. Supermarkets only carry so many groceries before they need to re-stock.

  35. franknunley57 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:30 AM

    @jackntorres says:

    Brees had 460 yds on 63 pass attempts vs the 9ers b/c they were behind most of the game. Sproles caught 15 passes for only an 8 yd avg. The Saints scored 49 pts on the giants this year & beat the giants! Saints 49 – giants 24.

  36. bspurloc says: Jan 19, 2012 11:31 AM

    waxthat says: Jan 19, 2012 10:45 AM

    Delusional. When I see the words “should have” I stop reading.

    Reality is, Spurloc, your team lost in week 10 and this game is going to be a bloodbath. Should be a another close one. Good luck to those Giants fans out there with knowledge of the game and respect for your opponent. This could trump last week for game of the year.

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    Like I stated u dont know anything about Eli, niners didn’t win that game Eli lost it. try not to change facts. also Bradshaw was benched purposely

  37. gergie1957 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:31 AM

    “Even though we expect physical play Sunday, this game will probably come down to quarterbacks and pass rushers. Like most games.”

    So you’re saying it’s coming down to offense and defense. Brilliant!!!!

  38. hawks49 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:32 AM

    This rap should clear up what the game result will be.

  39. ike1973 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:32 AM

    9’ers Defence > Giants Defence

    Giants Offense > 9’ers Offense

    It’s almost evenly matched. If Alex can make the throws he made last week the 9’ers just might win. Of course that was against one of the worst D’s in the league so he might have a harder time against the G-men.

    I give a slight edge to the Giants. Very slight.

  40. bspurloc says: Jan 19, 2012 11:36 AM

    fsxv13 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:09 AM

    Don’t know and it doesn’t matter. They forced the turnovers. That’s what good D does and that’s why we need to be worried this week.

    How many points would GB have scored if we didn’t cause three (FOUR god d@mn it) fumbles? It was a 3 score game, maybe GB could have scored on all three of those possessions, pretty sure they were threatening on all three of them.

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    U seem to have forgotten TWO of the TD’s GB got were due to the refs blowing calls, those TDs should have not have happened.
    No one hit Rodgers head to give them a 1st down from a turnover from downs
    Jennings clearly fumbled the ball to the giants.
    also DJ Ware had a first down so take away a FG too

  41. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:42 AM

    Yes the 49ers have a slightly better D

    But the Giants also have a better D then the Saints

    So what is going to stop Eli the Elite one from having a better day then smith.

    Also boys and girls and niner fans
    The Giants D did not give up a single TD last week
    The Packer were given yes given 14 points by the officals.
    So again slight edge on the D side to SF but the Giants D will shut down Smith and then what you have is a Super Bowl MVP pro bowl QB for the Giants and a guy that finally had one good game

  42. skito13 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:47 AM

    32points allowed is great defense… Really? Really???

  43. rcb0424 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:51 AM

    Anyone still grasping for weather to be their saving grace needs to drop it. Accuweather.com along with the other websites are lowering the chance of rain on BOTH saturday and sunday by the minute. Accuweather is now saying a small chance for rain early saturday morning, sunny in the afternoon, and on sunday there is a small chance for a night time shower (game time is 3:30 SF time). Field is covered by a tarp until Sunday. Should be a typical SF field, wet, yes some I’m sure,, but probably close to what the Saints played on and scored those 30+ points. So let the better team win and quit trying to use the weather to make you feel better as a 49ers fan.

  44. blu4l1fe says: Jan 19, 2012 12:09 PM

    This is shaping up to really being a mudbath, for the fans, at least. I like how fans from both sides predictions of, not only how their team is going to win, but also by how many points. Amazing! And the non-9ers and non-Giants fans, thanks for the comments and for picking against one or the other because you hate them.

    But on a serious note, yes, both teams are playing at a higher level. And why wouldn’t they? This is the playoffs. But I’m sorry, as a Giants fan, I do like our chances. Again, the 9ers are a very good team. But a dominant defense? I have to disagree. Yes, the Giants are not a high powered offense like the Saints. And I think the Giants did ok against the score-happy Packers. But I would think a dominant defense would not allow as much points as the 9ers did when they played the Saints, wouldn’t they? I don’t know, I am just trying to understand.

    In any case, it should be a good game. The best team will really come out and play in the SuperBowl.

    Go Big Blue!!!

  45. robert87653 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:17 PM

    @Jackntorres

    All last week you came on here telling everyone that the niners had no chance, Brees was too good and Alex Smith could not win. You were wrong!!!!

  46. forever8young says: Jan 19, 2012 12:29 PM

    jackntorres says: Jan 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    The 49ers would have won the SB 10-20 years ago with this team but they missed that boat. Their greatest team ability is on defense stopping the run, but the run is not what beats you in today’s NFL. Whether we like it or not the rules have changed, and I do believe it is better for players’ health in the long run which is what matters. On the flip side they badly need an offensive passing game and depth in the secondary. Go Eli.

    ==================================

    Bitter much?

  47. bchrist1982 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:29 PM

    Some stats: (from the last 4 games)

    Record:
    Giants- 4-0
    49ers – 4-0

    Scores :
    Giants: 121 – 50 (+71)
    49ers: 105-79 (+26)

    Ints:
    Giants: 4
    49ers:7

    Fumble recoveries:
    Giants: 4 (Jennings would make this 5)
    49ers: 5

    Sacks:
    Giants: 17
    49ers: 13

    Pass Def. against
    (Att/Comp/Yards)
    Giants: 109-183 – 901
    49ers: 94-169-1437

    Both D’s are playing well, forcing turnovers and getting to the QB. The thing that sticks out to me is QB play. (Last 4 games)

    Att/Comp/Yards/TD/Int
    Eli: 77-125-1178-10-2
    Alex: 76-129-878-5-0

    I say the if the Giants game to loose. Should be fun.

  48. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 19, 2012 12:43 PM

    I’m not sure anyone has ever referred to a football game as cute….and if they have they should have been flogged. maybe he should be included.

  49. ebeg420 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:55 PM

    I love how the people that gave San Fran NO SHOT against the Saints are acting like they knew SF would beat them, either way, you should have known!!!

    The Saints are a different team on the road, they’ve NEVER won a Playoff Game on the Road!!!

    With that said, the Giants Defense is a lot tougher than the Saints….

    Giants 34-10

  50. goodguyjohn says: Jan 19, 2012 12:59 PM

    When I saw that Ed Hochulli and his crew were doing this game my heart sank. I GUARANTEE you he will screw it up and make some hideous call that swings momentum. He is the worst ref in history.
    #Hidingmyheadinmyhands

  51. gpete1962 says: Jan 19, 2012 1:40 PM

    clmdcbm23 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    I don’t know whether or not this is a known thing but Alex Smith looks exactly like Aaron Rogers. I noticed it during his press conference yesterday and the resemblance is scary.
    =====================================

    That’s the only comparison you can make between Smith and Rodgers.

  52. 49erlifer says: Jan 19, 2012 3:02 PM

    bspurloc says:
    Jan 19, 2012 10:20 AM
    bradshaw will be ALLOWED to play this time.
    Eli isn’t being his typical throw anywhere or at peoples feet self.

    niners are in trouble. they should have lost easily last match up if not for the above.
    If u dont understand that u obviously havent seen Eli play or attempt to play

    Bradshaw? whats he gonna do? You my friend are obviously delusional. Eli looked like a scared schoolboy in the first matchup any time he was under pressure he threw the ball while getting in the fetal position at the same time watch the nfl network replay thats why he threw the picks our physical defense will once again silence the soft Eli.

    Go Niners

  53. goawayeverybody says: Jan 19, 2012 3:06 PM

    The only thing that matters in this game is who has the better quarterback and who has the better wide receivers.

    The Giants easily beat the Niners in both those categories and you can bet the Giants aren’t going to cough up the ball 5 times this weekend.

  54. theherbsman says: Jan 19, 2012 3:24 PM

    jackntorres says:
    Jan 19, 2012 11:07 AM
    BTW the 49ers made the Saints look like they have a pass rush, and as a Saints fan I can tell you we don’t. What do you think the Giants pass rush will do?
    ____________________________________

    and as a saint’s fan, you’re not aware that you have the most blitz happy defense in the nfl? average of 56% of your defensive snaps this year you were bringing at least 5 guys on the rush. please stop talking out of your @$$.

  55. thesportgenius says: Jan 19, 2012 3:37 PM

    Idiot Saints fan Jackoffwhathisbaghead…get over it dude. You lost, got beat by a better team…scoreboard, end of story. Niners are in the conference finals and you are not. Think we care about you being butt hurt because your qb throws picks and your boys can’t hold on to the ball? Sounds like lame loser excuses to me.

  56. jimboslice208 says: Jan 19, 2012 5:13 PM

    @jackntorres

    Finally you make a post; done crying about the Saints game i assume. Youre right, the Niners barely won, but they won! Youre team is at home and the Niners are playing for the NFC championship. Enjoy!

  57. jimboslice208 says: Jan 19, 2012 5:22 PM

    @goawayeverybody

    The only thing that matters is who has a better QB and receivers? Really? So I guess they shouldn’t even play this game and let the Giants advance.

    Saints have a better QB and WR’s than the Niners, how’d that turn out? Packers have arguably a better QB and WR’s than the Giants, again how’d that turn out?

  58. childressrulz says: Jan 19, 2012 7:16 PM

    This game is going to be boring. Final score 13-10.

  59. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 20, 2012 1:01 AM

    This game is gonna be a classic. NFL films will be showing highlights from this game for years to come. Rooting for the Giants but honestly believe it could go either way. Both teams are playing with house money, because no one saw this coming in August. Go Big Blue!

  60. sixjak says: Jan 20, 2012 2:23 AM

    childressrulz says:
    Jan 19, 2012 7:16 PM
    This game is going to be boring. Final score 13-10.

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    Prolly so :0 Oh well, that’s sometimes how football is played outside the goofy Madden football video game ideal. So many football myths were exposed last weekend.

  61. franknunley57 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:29 AM

    @childressrulz says: Jan 19, 2012 7:16 PM

    This game is going to be boring. Final score 13-10.

    =====================

    one of the best games i’ve ever watched was the sf-nyg monday nite game in 1990. both teams were 11-1. final score was 49ers 7 – giants 3. very few penalties. 1 turnover. intense,hard hitting defensive battle that ended with ronnie lott and phil simms going nose to nose on the field. a low score doesn’t have to equal a boring game.

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