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Takeaways from the first 49ers-Giants game

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I re-watched the first Giants-49ers game earlier this week to get ready for the NFC title game. Here’s what I learned:

1. The 49ers came out throwing aggressively from the first snap. They threw 11 of 13 times to open the game and it was effective.

Alex Smith got great protection and played an almost flawless game. I only charted one truly bad pass he made the entire game. The other incompletions were throwaways, drops, or tipped passes. His interception came on a bad drop by Ted Ginn.

It was the best game I saw Smith play all year. These weren’t just safe throws. Smith was very accurate and hit passes into small windows. He had time to go through his progressions and find his second or third read.

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando notes that the 49ers threw more on early downs against the Giants than any other game this year . . . until the win over the Saints in the playoffs.

2. The Giants only got pressure on Smith late in the game. They almost never got pressure just rushing four defenders. Justin Tuck was playing hurt, so it’s a different New York front now. They will have to get pressure on Smith faster.

Smith got hit and hurried almost as much as Eli Manning during this game, but it only happened when New York made Smith hold the ball a while.

3. The Giants focused on stopping Vernon Davis, usually with two defenders. They did a great job on him until a blown coverage late in the game. New York made Braylon Edwards (now released), Ted Ginn, Michael Crabtree, and Delanie Walker beat them.

4. New York played a lot of zone defense. After succeeding in man coverage last week against the Packers, perhaps the Giants will go to more man this around. Can Michael Crabtree and the other 49ers wideouts beat man coverage on the outside?

5.  This wasn’t the defensive game you’d expect. (Although it wasn’t exactly cute.) There wasn’t a punt until midway through the third quarter. It was more about long, slow, productive drives and good situational defense. There were only four possessions in the first 25 minutes.

Like the Saints-49ers game, there was an explosion of scoring late in the game. The game’s four touchdowns took place in a nine minute span.

6. Frank Gore came into the game gimpy and left at halftime with zero yards on six carries. It’s impressive the 49ers managed to win despite only 50 yards from their running backs. New York will probably load up and try to make Smith beat them again.

7. Braylon Edwards ran bad routes and had communication issues with Smith twice in the red zone. Smith’s few misfires looked to be Edwards’ fault. It’s easy to see why the 49ers cut Edwards.

8. This got way too long, so I’m going to do another post later on observations from when the Giants had the ball.  You can also check out a preview by Silva for NBCSports.com. Our PFT picks are right here.

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  1. portlax12 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:30 PM

    The Giants also lost Michael Boley at halftime. He has been instrumental in the turnaround this defense has seen the last 4 weeks, helping them give up an average of only 12.5 points per game.

  2. servegmo says: Jan 19, 2012 12:33 PM

    nice! go niners

  3. 4t9er says: Jan 19, 2012 12:34 PM

    It was a great game. Manning’s last two drives nearly gave me a heart attack. Justin Smith once again was the defensive MVP.

  4. lewsblues says: Jan 19, 2012 12:36 PM

    Ted Ginn!

  5. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 19, 2012 12:37 PM

    That game changed on one play. Michael Boley best LB for the Giants pulled a hamstring just before half and the Giants were forced to play two rookies at LB the second half. Both TDs scored by SanFraN was attributed to blown assignments by the rookie lbs the Giants were forced to play.

  6. bchrist1982 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:37 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 lose. Should be fun.
    I have to much time on my hands!

  7. kinggeorge96 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:39 PM

    Don’t forget about the job Chase Blackburn is doing… guys made a real difference for the D!

  8. mikes92nygiants says: Jan 19, 2012 12:41 PM

    NY Giants! All In! Respect All, Fear None!

  9. austrianpanther says: Jan 19, 2012 12:41 PM

    What’s new with The New York Jets these days?!?

  10. bigblue1212 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:43 PM

    This time were gonna beat them niners:)

  11. schrutebeetfarms says: Jan 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    “I re-watched the first Giants-49ers game earlier this week to get ready for the NFC title game. Here’s what I learned:”

    That a hobby is needed.

  12. jvibottomline says: Jan 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    49ers Special Teams, especially Andy Lee will be the different in this game because he will give the 49ers offense short fields like he has all year. Niners win close game 27-23.

  13. snowpea84 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:47 PM

    I can’t wait until all this Giants talk stops after the weekend.

  14. mikea311 says: Jan 19, 2012 12:51 PM

    Even though my Giants lost it was by far the best regular season game I saw this year.

    I posted here after that games that we all deserved to see these two teams play again and I got my wish.

  15. mikeeg says: Jan 19, 2012 12:55 PM

    Quit acting like NFL n00bs and wait for the game to be played. Regular season is dismissed at this game point….

  16. ZAK says: Jan 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    OCU was out for that game as well to be fair.

    To be certain this game will be almost nothing like the last game. There will be rain. The field will be sloppy, those of you who saw the final home games at Stanford think of that. The sidelines in particular are the worst. This will be a running game.

    The overwhelming stat there is the NYG give up a full yard more on avg than the 9ers: 4.5.

    Couple that with Dave Diehl playing tackle out of his normal guard spot- matched up against Justin Smith who is a clear overmatch. If the Giants have to chip with a back to slow down Smith that will take away a runner.

    The TEs will be crucial: 9ers have the best blocking TEs in the league and likely they’ll get back a key piece in Delaney Walker. Giants TEs like Ballard aren’t blockers, they will have a tough time helping on the Oline where the 9ers should be able to manage.

  17. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 19, 2012 1:18 PM

    Pretty sure last game means precisely %^@& at this point. Go 49ers again anyway, though.

  18. shawshankreception says: Jan 19, 2012 1:18 PM

    Let’s not forget that Bradshaw missed that game. He provides an undeniable spark to both the Giants’ offense and defense with his play.

  19. gpete1962 says: Jan 19, 2012 1:25 PM

    If the 49’s didn’t have a 5 game lead in there division

    they would never have Tried the on side kick that

    changed the scoring cycle for that game.

    they played that game like they had nothing to lose

    running Gimmick plays as well.

    This time they’ll feel the pressure and wont be so fortunate.

    Niners, One and Done !!

  20. tiesto49 says: Jan 19, 2012 1:26 PM

    Eli is who we thought he is!! And we let em off the hook!!!

  21. gpete1962 says: Jan 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    My apologies to the 49’s

    One more and Done !!!!

  22. fcoprado says: Jan 19, 2012 1:36 PM

    Different Giants team this time around,Whiners will regret for asking them to beat the Packers.

  23. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 1:36 PM

    Thank God everyone you guys picked against The Giants. I was afraid you guys would jump on the bandwagon. Let the doubters keep doubting.

    What people don’t realize is this team did not go 9-7 & thoug. An injured and incomplete Giant team went 9-7. Though I am a believer in you are what your record says you are this Giant Playoff team is different than the one one that went 9-7. All year they lacked a consistent pass rush which lead to breakdowns in the secondary. Now that Tuck & Osi are healthy you are seeing the real Giants. That is why they have won 4 in a row in convincing fashion. If they play mistake free football it won’t be close. I take nothing away from the niners they are good team but the Giants are better. They have the better QB, the better coach, & more experience. When it gets to nut crackin time the niners will realize they are a win away from the SB & the pressure will overwhelm them.

    Though Alex Smith showed me something on Sat. he hasn’t faced a defense like this team. The Giants won’t get caught in an overload blitz in which the niners had the perfect play call and Smith ran 30 yds for a TD. That is not happening against this Giant team. They held GB in GB to 20 pts (7 of which were when the Giants were playing prevent). Take away a few bad calls and the Giants would have won by 30.

    Like the Packers last year the Giants are healthy at the right time & they have that look of a team that cannot be beat.

    Giants will win 27-13

  24. starvingrdens says: Jan 19, 2012 1:51 PM

    I’m not to sure if anyone know this, but even if the Gmen shut down Vernon, they are gonna have to deal with another dynamic player we are getting back for this game. That person… Delanie Walker. He will have a big comeback game. Truly the best TE combo in the league! Watch out Big Boo, you’re coming to the Stick baby! Home of the heavy hitters! If ya don’t know… Ask the Aint’s!

  25. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 2:06 PM

    Delanie Walker may not play, he was limited to non conract in practtice, & even if he does he will not be 100%. You can’t return and be fully effective that soon from a broken jaw.

    It will be 1991 all over again for the niners

  26. Nevis says: Jan 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    shawshankreception says:
    Jan 19, 2012 1:18 PM
    Let’s not forget that Bradshaw missed that game. He provides an undeniable spark to both the Giants’ offense and defense with his play.

    —————————

    New York’s running backs will be non-factors, just like every RB the 49ers have faced this year outside of Marshawn Lynch.

    No, this game will be squarely on the Giants Oline and Eli Manning.

  27. longonexperience says: Jan 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    I understand that “fans” use this forum to support their teams, however, I’m amazed at the inarticulate idiots the Giant fans seem to be. Many can’t count (the one and done comment), most can’t spell and still more don’t know grammar. The facts are, based on season records, previous meeting, and home field the Niners should kick butt on Sunday.

  28. jdandcoke says: Jan 19, 2012 2:35 PM

    anyone who seriously thinks the niners are going to win this game just doesnt know football. the giants D right now is playing better than they did in 07.

    yes the niners D is very good….but they arent quite as good as the giants revamped D, sorry. stop looking at regular season records and just look what theyve done in the last two weeks after theyve finaly gotten as healthy as they possibly could.

    offensively…..dont even bother. alex smith had a decent season and a nice 4th quarter vs the saints. eli manning is a cold blooded killer…and he’s been one for a while now. the experienced team….the better team…wins this week. giants 27-13.

    davis will be neutralized and delanie walker will be a non-factor, book it. crabtree, gore and smith arent beating the giants. the niners offensive production this year is a shade above pathetic. our bogus TE didnt gain that much less than vernon davis this year. the only way the niners win is if they shut down the giants passing game, which they wont.

  29. jdandcoke says: Jan 19, 2012 2:53 PM

    longonexperience says:Jan 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    I understand that “fans” use this forum to support their teams, however, I’m amazed at the inarticulate idiots the Giant fans seem to be. Many can’t count (the one and done comment), most can’t spell and still more don’t know grammar. The facts are, based on season records, previous meeting, and home field the Niners should kick butt on Sunday.

    and THAT idiotic assumption….thinking that the regular season record and the result of the regular season game have ANYTHING IN THE WORLD to do with sunday’s game….is why you’ll be one of the MANY shaking your heads with a “what just happened” dazed sort of look on your face sunday night.

  30. mikea311 says: Jan 19, 2012 2:55 PM

    New York’s running backs will be non-factors, just like every RB the 49ers have faced this year outside of Marshawn Lynch.

    No, this game will be squarely on the Giants Oline and Eli Manning.

    ————-

    Fine by me. Its worked out well so far.

  31. giantsfan428 says: Jan 19, 2012 2:57 PM

    @longonexperience, wow what fantastic logic you have for picking the 49’ers. Just because some people have posted on this site and haven’t exactly been grammatically correct up to the high standards you hold, and because the Niners had the better record, won the regular season game, and have home-field advantage. You know, that sounds an awful lot like a team the Giants beat last week. You know, the team that went 15-1 in the regular season compared to the Giants 9-7. The one that beat the Giants 38-35 in the regular season. And the one that had the advantage of playing at Lambeau Field, widely considered one of the toughest places to play in the postseason. And yet who won that game? Why don’t you take your cues from @bchrist1982, who actually took the time to post some pertinent information, instead of spouting off your inane opinions, exactly like the kinds of people you complain about.

  32. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 3:24 PM

    Hey longon experience you are short on brains!!!

    BTW all the factors you cite as to why the Niners will win were the same thing the Packers fans were saying as well. Not to mention many other fans of other teams over the years… that had the better record, home field , and won during the year

    I have great respect for the 49er organization there was a time when they were the most dominant organization in football. However I believe the Giats will win

  33. starvingrdens says: Jan 19, 2012 3:28 PM

    You can’t say that Alex hasn’t been a cold blooded killer this season man. He’s had 6 comebacks just like Eli did but against better record opponents.

    Eli- Philly, Arizona, Buffalo, Miami, New England, and Dallas

    Alex- Cinci, Philly, Detroit, Big Blue, Seattle, and The Aint’s

    What’s the difference? Alex did it against 5 teams that made it to the playoffs. What about Eli? Just 1.

    And Bradshaw? Forget it. Really… Forget it. How is his lard butt gonna be able to tippy toe his soft running game out to the edges? If you haven’t figured it out yet, just look at the rushing stats against the Niners. He is gonna be a factor all right. RIGHT WHEN HE FUMBLES THE BALL AFTER HE GETS STUCK REAL HARD.

    Oh what… They’re gonna run it up the gut? C’mon man… Through the heart of our defense? Through Willis, and Bowman? The only rushing the Giants are gonna do is to Eli. Rushing to pick him up off the ground after he gets hit multiple times.

    Sure the Giants may have the experience, and have won the Superbowl, blah, blah, blah. It doesn’t matter if their defense is better than it was in 07. It’s the 2011 season.

    The Niners will win because of the 3 H’s

    Heart
    Hungar
    Hard Hitting

    After the team being down for so long, finally having the taste of success, and being only one home game away from what players play for all their lives… You cannot count them out. The Niners are dangerous, and they believe.

    As I do.

    Niners win 27-21

  34. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 3:41 PM

    Hey Starvin for Brains,

    Sorry but your analysis is beyond stupid. Philly, the Aints, Detroit, & have some of the most inept defenses in the league. I don’t care if they made the playoffs. I am not impressed w-Alex Smith. BTW eithe rr the Niners or they wouldn’t have drafted Kirpatrick or whatever his name is in the 2nd round this yr. The Niners played in the NFC West which year after year is the worst division in football. See how it works you can cherry pick all the info you want to make your point. Just like short on brains did.

    Like I said I give them all the credit in the world. The niners are a good team with a good coach but so are the Giants. I am sorry this is not the team that went 9-7. Once Tuck & Osi were healthy they got better. Top to bottom the Giants are better than the niners and they will win on Sunday.

  35. jdandcoke says: Jan 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    alex came back on the giants because the giants D was decimated. look it up. if boley doesnt go down you think the niners are coming back?

    listen starvin, you may be new to this whole playoff thing, but im not. ive seen my giants beat down teams that were a lot more talented than this current niners squad….and on the road to boot. experience does count for a lot. youll find that out soon enough.

    btw, thank you for keeping the giants from playing the saints in the dome….now THAT game i would have been worried about.

  36. judsonjr says: Jan 19, 2012 3:46 PM

    This will be a sloppy game decided by whomever is lucky enough to recover the other teams fumbles.

  37. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 3:46 PM

    Zak,

    You obviously don’t know much about the Giants. Their O line go better when Diehl went out to LT. He and they R better suited with him at LT instead of Guard. Niners may win but it won’t be because of that.

    As for Justin Smith. He is a great player who had a great year. Diehl has to (no pun intended )deal w-Ware, Cole, & Orakapo twice a year so he can handle smith. I am more worried about Booth handling Smith when he moves inside.

  38. bubba9er says: Jan 19, 2012 3:50 PM

    Tom Coughlin doesn’t deserve to be on the hot seat every time the Giants lose 2 games in a row. He is a great coach. I hope you Giants fans understand that.
    Tom Coughlin was right “We need to be better at running the ball consistently…” (to win at SF).
    You would need that to beat the 9ers. But since that won’t happen, SF wins on a David Akers FG. 30-28

  39. bigbluelou says: Jan 19, 2012 3:56 PM

    I’m not to sure if anyone know this, but even if the Gmen shut down Vernon, they are gonna have to deal with another dynamic player we are getting back for this game. That person… Delanie Walker. He will have a big comeback game. Truly the best TE combo in the league! Watch out Big Boo, you’re coming to the Stick baby! Home of the heavy hitters! If ya don’t know… Ask the Aint’s!
    ———————————————–
    I guess you’ve never heard of the TE combo in New England?

    Both teams are @ 100% now then in the regular season. If experience prevails, it will be the Jints. If it rains, it will be the 49ers only to lose in the SB to the Pats and/or Ravens.

  40. xtb3 says: Jan 19, 2012 3:59 PM

    Osi has made a huge difference along with others returning to health. Prince is now playing. But for Giants it will be how they protect Eli and try to run the ball. 49ers are here mainly because of their defense and despite Brees scoring late on them they did put pressure on Brees that no one else could and they stopped the run.

  41. jakek2 says: Jan 19, 2012 4:08 PM

    starvnggardens – How exactly did Mr. Comeback Alex Smith comeback on the Giants when the 9ers were up 13 early in the 4th Q?

    Earthquakes have really rattled SF fans’ brains. You barely beat a soft team that has NEVER won in the playoffs away from home despite having gotten 5 turnovers. We’ve been mauling teams since Christmas including pasting the defending 15-1 world champs in their own, cold backyard.

    Seriously though, the x’s and o’s favor NY. We’re not blitzing 7 every play and letting Smith chuck it up to Vernon in 1 on 1. We’re methodically bringing 4 and will make Smith read his progressions like pro qbs are required to do. If you think he is capable of doing that against a sea of blue hornets swarming all over the field, you will be in for one disappointing afternoon.

  42. ZAK says: Jan 19, 2012 4:28 PM

    @thesageofthestreet
    The fact doesn’t change that Diehl is no match for Justin Smith (nor Aldon)- that was highlighted by Clark Judge who’s picking NYG. Especially when they line up on the same side which they often do in a stunt formation- it will take more than Jacobs stoping, dropping, and rolling to stop them.

    As for the speed of Justin Smith I would sight his run down and strip of McCoy to win the game in Phili. Dave Diehl ain’t ready to deal with that kind of speed and bull rush.

  43. hawks49 says: Jan 19, 2012 4:49 PM

    49ers hold the Giants to 13 and the defense plays their best game of the year. Willis MVP performance after a less than stellar game against the Saints.

    49ers win In a blowout 34-13.

  44. hawks49 says: Jan 19, 2012 4:52 PM

    ZAK seriously… Maclin not McCoy. Know your stuff dude

  45. jg725 says: Jan 19, 2012 5:05 PM

    Come on 49’er fans – have some class – both teams deserve to be there and it should be a great game

  46. jimboslice208 says: Jan 19, 2012 5:34 PM

    So according to some of the Giants fans posting on here, only these past two weeks have mattered, and not the previous 17 weeks.

    Yeah the Giants have a better D than the Saints but the Niners D is much better than the Packers D.

    And according to jdandcoke, we should all stop talking about football because we dont have his knowledge of the game. Sounds like youve had one too many jd and cokes…

  47. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 5:48 PM

    Zak…Justin Smith has had good year no doubt about it but I have never heard 1 coach player or commentator say you have to stop Justin Smith to win any game. He is a mediocre player having a great yr. In fact he was a bust in Cinci.

    Diehl has to deal with Demarcus Ware a future hall of famer who is better than Smith twice a year. I have seen Diehl dominate Ware, Trent Cole, Brian Orakpo, and many others. In practice Diehl has to block JPP Osi Tuck & Strahan (also a future HOF) when he played. Smith will be a force but he is 1 player Aldon Smith is a mediocre player.

    And what about our line you know the consensus best D line in Football? What we r supposed to be worried about Anthony Davis & Joe staley…LOL We held the #1 offense and a 15-1 team on their home field to 20 pts & they only got those points cause of 2 horrendous calls or it would have been a blow out. BTW Abraham had a big day for the Falcs in th 1st playoff game 2 sacks and a bunch of pressure against Eli. How did that work out for the Falcs?

    If I was you I would be worried about a Smith..a mediocre one… Alex. This is not the Saints and the overated Capers. The Giants will get pressure with 4 & make Smith go thru his progressions and make throws he can’t make. They r not running an overload blitz so Smith can scramble & run for 30 yds.They shut down Rodgers & Ryan who r both better than Smith. After this game all the questions about whether or not A Smith can win an SB will start again. He is not that good nor smart. He should have sat down on the 1 instead of running it in. Then the Saints could not have come back it worked out for you but only cause the saints r inept on D.

    You will be lucky to score 10 pts on the Giants. I will give U an xtra 3 in garbage time …Only way the Giants lose is if they beat themselves Giants 27-13

  48. ZAK says: Jan 19, 2012 5:50 PM

    “49ers win In a blowout 34-13.”

    That’s a better example of “not knowing your stuff” than my failure to recall it was a faster wideout that Justin Smith ran down. The one thing I can say for certain on both sides is that this will be a low scoring game if the 9ers are going to win it.

  49. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 6:01 PM

    Now Zak that makes sense. If the niners win it will be like 20-13 with 3-4 Giants TO’s. One thing in your favor is its raining out there. The niners want a slow methodical mud type game. It plays to their strengths.

  50. ihatesocal says: Jan 19, 2012 6:40 PM

    A few points:

    -The weather will be awful, which will favor the team who can control the line of scrimage and create turnovers. Advantage: Niners

    -The Giants struggle with run defense. The Niners have a surging and hot running game with two dynamic runners, one of whom will be running right at Umenyiora all game. Yes, Mr. 16 solo tackles on the season. Advantage: Niners

    -Bradshaw and Jacobs aren’t very good. Ahmad Bradshaw has in the past been very prone to giving up the ball. The Niners shut down all but the hottest running back in football (at the time) in 2011 and led the league in turnover differential. Advantage: Niners.

    -As evidenced by the Ravens and Saints games, the 49ers can be very susceptible to teams that like to mix it up with blitzes from all over the field. They have played very well against teams that rely on a heavy front-4 pass rush. Advantage: Niners

    Giants fans are way too overconfident. They have plenty of ways to win this game, but they won’t run the ball on the 49ers, they won’t have a significant pass rush and they won’t be able to stop Gore and Hunter. The 49ers beat the Giants without their #1 offensive weapon the first time around. If Gore is running it like he did last week, this game will slow down, which favors the 49ers tremendously.

    49ers 24, Giants 20, score being closer than the game.

  51. starvingrdens says: Jan 19, 2012 7:42 PM

    @sage- We drafted Kapernick cuz we needed a backup. The one we had didn’t cut it. I wonder what team he ended up with? Oh yeah… Big boo.

    Don’t give me that crap about conference games because We only played 2 conference games in the first 12 weeks.

    It will be about x’s and o’s that true. And sure… Your front 4 will be pass rushing allay long I get that. How do you negate pass rushers? Run it all up in their grill. Which is what the Niners are going to do. the Gmens front will be negated on their asses looking at Gore and Hunter from behind.

    @jdandcoke- decimated? Please tell me who else was really hurt other than your linebacker? Do you really think he made that much of a difference? C’mon man really?

    In regards to playoffs homie, born and raised in SF before Montana was even there. So Playoffs…. Don’t talk to me about that garbage. I know about playoffs. It’s been a long time since the Niners have been in this position, and I know their are going to do everything in their power to beat the Gmen, and win the Superbowl.

    As for the Saints win, your welcome. I don’t understand your logic though, because you would have been worried about them? Are you talking about their high octane offense and Drew Brees? We just beat them at their own game!

    @bigblue

  52. starvingrdens says: Jan 19, 2012 8:06 PM

    @sage- We drafted Kapernick cuz we needed a backup. The one we had didn’t cut it. I wonder what team he ended up with? Oh yeah… Big boo.

    Don’t give me that crap about conference games because We only played 2 conference games in the first 12 weeks. That ain’t cherry pickin homey.

    In regards to Justin Smith… Have you watched any 49er games you big Gmen homer? He’s almost immediately mentioned by all analyst and commentators when trying to get past the defense. Are you serious? And don’t let me get started on Aldon Smith. Do some research man and learn about this dude. He was half a sack away from having the all time rookie sack record. He’s a beast.

    Sure the Giants have a good front four, be the Niners have an even better front 7. Hell our back four is even better than the Gmens.

    Alex Smith has already proved what he is capable of which is now even more of a concern to the Giants coaching staff.

    @jdandcoke- decimated? Please tell me who else was really hurt other than your linebacker? Do you really think he made that much of a difference? C’mon man really?

    In regards to playoffs homie, born and raised in SF before Montana was even there. So Playoffs…. Don’t talk to me about that garbage. I know about playoffs. It’s been a long time since the Niners have been in this position, and I know their are going to do everything in their power to beat the Gmen, and win the Superbowl.

    As for the Saints win, your welcome. I don’t understand your logic though, because you would have been worried about them? Are you talking about their high octane offense and Drew Brees? We just beat them at their own game!

    @bigblue- yeah I didn’t forget about them. I believe our tandem is better and more dynamic. Both teams are 100% now correct, but as we all know there are three parts to this game. Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. We have two of the three. The Gmen, one.

    @jakek- the Niners were down in the 4th. 13-12 Giants. You got it Backwards.

    It will be about x’s and o’s that true. And sure… Your front 4 will be pass rushing allay long I get that. How do you negate pass rushers? Run it all up in their grill. Which is what the Niners are going to do. the Gmens front will be negated on their asses looking at Gore and Hunter from behind.

    Up until this point, I can say the Giants are a hot team right now.

    But I can also say that the Niners are even hotter than the Giants.

  53. illinininer says: Jan 19, 2012 8:14 PM

    jg725 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 5:05 PM
    Come on 49′er fans – have some class – both teams deserve to be there and it should be a great game

    In all fairness I don’t see much class from either side.

  54. thesageofthestreet says: Jan 19, 2012 8:19 PM

    You used a 2nd round pick on a backup? Do you believe that? Or do you think other people are stupid enough to believe that.? They drafted him cause they thought they needed a QB. You don’t waste 2nd round picks on backup QB’s. As for Carr your right he stinks. That is why he is OUR BACKUP!!!! You guys were dumb enough to outbid us for him last yr. cause you had zero faith in Smith. You overpaid for Carr and then realized he stinks. Thats why he is our backup cause we actually have a legitimate NFL QB. Who BTW is a SB MVP. Who won it by beating an 18-0 team w-the best defensive mind of his generation as their coach. You know the one who was D coordinator when we beat you the last time we went out there in an NFC Championship Game.

    Let me make a guarantee for you right here… right now & if I am wrong you can shove it up my a** in a few weeks. Win or lose Sunday the niners will never win a SB w-Alex Smith. If they somehow get by the Giants on Sunday the Pats will romp em in the SB. BTW I think the Pats will beat the Giants also but I digress. I would say A. Smith is the definition of mediocrity but that would be to kind. Bottom line he stinks. He has an overall losing record and the Niners win despite him not cause of him. He is a wasted pick. You guys could have has Aaron Rodgers who played in your own backyard but you were to dumb to draft him.

    As for running on the Giants go look at their Stats since Tuck started playing better & since they signed Blackburn. You can’t run on them anymore. And if you think you are winning a SB running the ball your crazy. At some point your QB is going to have to make several plays & he won’t be able to. He is what he is…mediocre at best and he is not even that. He won’t have the soft saints to beat on Sunday it will be a real NFL D.

    When you guys beat us in Nov. had several TO’s an onside kick recovery, Boley(and yes he is that important,he is ! of the most indispensable Giants) was out, Tuck was playing w-1 arm, we had several communication breakdowns & we were still 1 play away from beating you. Why? Cause your QB stinks. He can not take the ball down the field consitently on us. It won’t happen. if you beat us it will be because your D has a great game & the Giants beat themselves. it won’t be cause of Alex Smith & his pedestrian arm. But hey I hope you guys keep underestimating us just like the Jets did & the Falcs & the Packers.

    As for beating the Saints just remember something we r not some soft dome team. Let Donte Whitner come up on Jacobs like he did Thomas & he will get the Charles Woodson treatment. We r not some soft fairy team. The Giants r a physical tough team who will bring it on Sunday we will see what the outcome is but I am confident of this. If we lose it won’t be because of Alex Smith. It will be your D is truly elite. cause if we score 24 pts and your D doesn’t get a def TD there is no way you will score more than 24. Not gonna happen…Good Luck though & I hope the niners underestimate us as much as you are…

  55. hawks49 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:27 PM

    Some points to all the people on here that do not know their stuff

    1) Bad weather is not and advantage to the 49ers. Bad weather promotes passing and an advantage to WRs not the DBs that need to to make quick cuts. I as a 49ers fan am hoping for clear weather and moist turf to slightly reduce the speed of the game not for it to be slippery .

    2) Justin Smith will be more of a problem for your line than Ware. First off any knowledgable fan knows they play two completely different positions and dont have the same responsibilities. Ware- hold the edge and pass rush. Smith- hold down his gaps and eat up blockers as he pushes the pocket into the QB. He may get a sack but I would expect a lot of pressures (which are more important for his position) he had 10 against a combo of a pro bowl guards and a pro bowl tackle… The saints lines much better and can’t protect Eli, what do you thinkthegiants will do?

    3) The Niners played average against you guys in week ten when you were the bell of the ball. 4/6 fgs – crap, no gore – crap, Ginn off the face mask Int in the End zone – crap. You knew we were passing and we passed all over you all day. Don’t get a ego about being hot right now. The 49ers main hobby this season has been knock off hot teams when they were supposed to lose, please see: bucs (3-1), lions (5-0), giants (6-2), Pitt (won 7 of last 8 coming to us), Seattle (won 5 of last 6 coming to us), saints (9 game win streak).

    49ers have dealt with this all year, don’t think this game will beany different.

  56. keepthisrealbro says: Jan 19, 2012 11:52 PM

    Enough of this Michael Boley crap. We lost frank gore and you still couldn’t beat us. Giants fans must have received a fresh shipment of some of that cali green we have.

    btw thesageofthestreet………..
    we didn’t have a defensive TD last week and still put up 36 points.

    “When you guys beat us in Nov. had several TO’s an onside kick recovery”- maybe you should try not giving the ball away? just a thought

  57. blowtorch1964 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:42 AM

    Giants O-line doesn’t exactly control the line of scrimmage, which is why the run game is only so-so this year, but it has improved in recent weeks. The offense is a big play offense though, with Eli and 3 elite receivers.

    On the other side of the ball, Giants D-line is without peer right now in the NFL. LB’s healthy, Bolley, Herzlich, Blackburn, and secondary playing well. Alex Smith will be helpless.

    Turnovers will be crucial in this game.

    As fans of both teams, we should all be enjoying this, this is why we root for these teams. It’s gonna be like old times. May the best team win.

  58. sixjak says: Jan 20, 2012 1:22 AM

    And to you Sage, touché. Keep underestimating Alex Smith and the 9ers. It’s served them well thus far. He’s not as mediocre or pedestrian as you say. Feel free to do some more digging into this issue and learn something beyond all the regurgitated sound bites that are erroneous.

    I think the bigger picture here that has seemed to escape everyone posting on this thread is that out of all these overhyped dominant offenses that the talking heads gush on about, only one is still in the playoffs. We have heard by all of these experts all year long that to keep up with Brady, Rogers, and Breeze you’re going to have to put a ton of points up on the board. BS. You need to play well as a team in all 3 phases. Otherwise sooner or later, you will be exposed. For decades we’ve heard Defense Wins Championships. You also need to play solid ST’s and efficient offense. That has been the 9ers recipe for success this season. It’s not sexy but in the end all that matters is a win. It doesn’t matter if you win by 1 point or 100 points does it. You don’t just barely win. You either win or you lose. SF has 5 Lombardi’s. Some came by a tight game and some came by total blowouts. They all count equally.

    To the point that Alex Smith was unintelligent for not stopping on the 1 yard line on his 29 yard TD run: Where’s the guarantee that Akers makes that winning FG? Over 2 mins left is a lot of time to burn. Particularly with a 2 min warning and a remaining NO timeout. He scored twice in just over 2 mins because he’s better than many of you think.

    I’m not going to predict a winner. I simply don’t know and neither do any of you. I just got off a cruise ship that left out of NO and was full Saints fans who just knew their team was going to destroy this joke of a team, the 49ers. Reality bites.

    I think it’ll be a great game.

  59. starvingrdens says: Jan 20, 2012 1:32 AM

    Oh sage man… What in the heck are you talking bout? If a team needs a qb they draft one plain and simple. Out of the ten picks we had this draft class, eight are contributing to the teams success. Especially Aldon Smith. In regards to the team signing Carr last year, and drafting Smith… That was Singletarys and Nolans nucklehead moves. This is a completely revamped coaching staff. Regardless, the gmen wanted him back. Haha.

    So what if Eli was a superbowl mvp. That was when…? Oh yeah, 2007. Big whoop. This is a completely different seasons.

    And man… Calling are true Giants fans… Your boy sage here thinks your team would lose to the Pats! Man… You need to get your ny football giants homer card taken away from you. Even I know your team is better than theirs.

    Your right. Smith can’t beat you guys just throwing the football. But… Smith with the rest of the team can do the job.

    And you know what… A wins a win. Don’t go all cry baby saying this guys hurt, and this guy is that…. It’s football. These things happen.

    In regards to everybody sleeping on the gmen… give me a break. Dont you know about the east coast bias. All everybody talks about… At least 80 percent have the giants winning. Theres barely any hype from the major networks.

    And my response to the saints remark… the gmen beat the packers at home who ranked 32nd in defense. Oh and Rogers sat out two weeks and was rusty.

    if the giants do lose, which they will, you’re right, it won’t be because of alex. It will be because the team did it.

  60. timriss28 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:18 AM

    So, are you gonna post about the Giants or what?

  61. frankyvito says: Jan 20, 2012 2:41 PM

    You can’t say the first game doesn’t matter like some are saying when that’s the exact game tape both teams are watching. The first game is the reference point for which adjustments will be made. Who do you trust Coughlin or Harbaugh… woof! Still a toss up

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