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49ers, Giants head to overtime

New York Giants quarterback Manning is pressured by San Francisco 49ers' McDonald in the second half during the NFL NFC Championship game in San Francisco Reuters

Sixty minutes of football wasn’t enough to decide who’s going to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

The Giants and 49ers ended regulation in San Francisco tied 17-17, and so it’s on to overtime.

In the playoffs, the team that wins the coin toss in overtime cannot win on a field goal on its first possession. This is the second playoff overtime under the new format; the Broncos scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage against the Steelers in the only other game to use the new overtime rules.

Get your popcorn ready.

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40 Responses to “49ers, Giants head to overtime”
  1. nepatriots128154 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    Fantastic game

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    Hochuli can’t even remember all the stupid rules to overtime to announce them.

    Overtime should be an extra 10 minutes. Whoever has the most points wins. Forget this field goal nonsense.

  3. nogoodell says: Jan 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    Too soon whistle cost the Niners the game

  4. frankgarrett says: Jan 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    EVERYTHING IN NYC . I HOPE WEEPS TONIGHT

  5. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 22, 2012 10:12 PM

    Freaking classic. Both defenses are beasts!

  6. goldrush36 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:13 PM

    Been a hell of a game. Kyle Williams cost us big time on that punt screw up

  7. rexismybff says: Jan 22, 2012 10:13 PM

    Didn’t the Giants win in overtime the last time they beat the Pats in a Super Bowl??

  8. 44mpo says: Jan 22, 2012 10:13 PM

    Could someone tell me what the hell constitutes a fumble in this league anymore!

  9. rysol says: Jan 22, 2012 10:15 PM

    ridiculously long game. That Hochuli guy sure can stretch an explanation.

  10. CowboyErik says: Jan 22, 2012 10:15 PM

    Giants should prevail!

  11. cobrala2 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:16 PM

    Mike is biting his nails off.

  12. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jan 22, 2012 10:18 PM

    how have the 49ers come this far with such inadequate wr’s

  13. KIR says: Jan 22, 2012 10:19 PM

    3 of the best defenses in the NFL played today and you “experts” keep telling me it’s offense. Not in January and not outside Einstein’s.

  14. rexismybff says: Jan 22, 2012 10:20 PM

    Here it comes – Eli’s gonna finish it now.

  15. mintberrycrunch1 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:21 PM

    Joe Buck is the Chris Chase of announcers.

  16. bunnymen808 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:21 PM

    Nothing against San Francisco, but I really would like to see Brady vs. Manning.

  17. nekelund says: Jan 22, 2012 10:24 PM

    Here’s hoping the Niners prevail so the poor commentators are not forced to come up with even more excuses why Eli Manning struggles mightily against this and every other difficult defense he faces. If it wasn’t for Cruz and Nicks bailing him out with phenomenal catches all year long, Manning would have been thought a Sanchezian fool for asserting that he was elite. Beating the Packers, which sported the worst defense in the league, proves much more about the defense than the offence. The comments that Eli might finish as the superior Manning if he manages to win a second Super Bowl is beyond laughable.

    Please let the 49ers win and restore some degree of normalcy to football analysis.

  18. rexismybff says: Jan 22, 2012 10:27 PM

    guess not. Dang but I want that Justin Smith on my team. what a freakin beast

  19. smokingconch says: Jan 22, 2012 10:28 PM

    Bad day for playoff special teams players.

  20. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jan 22, 2012 10:28 PM

    oh boy. 2 games today ending on pure screw ups by one player.

  21. CowboyErik says: Jan 22, 2012 10:28 PM

    TIME FOR A POWER OUTTAGE in CandleStick!

  22. randygnyc says: Jan 22, 2012 10:29 PM

    Williams fumble. Ruh roh.

  23. pastabelly says: Jan 22, 2012 10:29 PM

    Williams is a bigger goat than Cundif. Didn’t think that was possible.

  24. kilo0986 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:30 PM

    What an idiot how.do.you fumble like that wow. Game over, good job Giants

  25. goldrush36 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:30 PM

    Should’ve had reggie smith returning punts. Williams is garbage. Great game G-men and good luck

  26. joelvis72 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:31 PM

    What a game. Dislike both teams, but a great game.

  27. The Prophet says: Jan 22, 2012 10:32 PM

    How the heck did the 49ers go 13-3 and to the NFC championtship with literally no receivers????

    It’s almost unfair. If they had one WR with at least average skill, they would’ve won this game already. Stinks for the Niners …

  28. inishul says: Jan 22, 2012 10:32 PM

    ok… but what is up with these XFINITY commercials? Annoying, and if i miss a big play i will be pissed

  29. The Prophet says: Jan 22, 2012 10:33 PM

    I know they lost but this 49er defense never gave up and played strong the entire time. Great effort, sucks the game was lost by other factors.

  30. randygnyc says: Jan 22, 2012 10:34 PM

    YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (go back to school Har-bitches!!!!!!!!!

  31. zonedogz says: Jan 22, 2012 10:35 PM

    Harbaughs = Losers

  32. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jan 22, 2012 10:36 PM

    49ers and Ravens: Vikings fans feel for ya.

  33. nflfollower says: Jan 22, 2012 10:37 PM

    And that’s how you come into candlestick and win. Congrats to the giants, tough to see it end like that when the niners D played so great for much of the game. Giants D was awesome too. Eli is a tough dude much respect. Is the little brother bradys kryptonite? Should be a good one

  34. lookatthefarside says: Jan 22, 2012 10:39 PM

    Great game, (Niners Fan here), good luck to the Giants and hope they beat the crap out of the Patriots!

  35. rexismybff says: Jan 22, 2012 10:40 PM

    Eli throws 58 passes against that defense with no INT’s. That’s just insane beyond belief. How many did they drop?

  36. The Prophet says: Jan 22, 2012 10:47 PM

    Eli > Peyton

  37. gcsuk says: Jan 22, 2012 10:57 PM

    nogoodell says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:11 PM
    Too soon whistle cost the Niners the game
    ——————————————————-
    No, the lousy punt returner cost them the game (twice). Quit trying to blame it on the officials. They got the call on Bradshaw right (forward progress was stopped).

  38. vman0626 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:50 AM

    nekelund=huh???

    great game. man that niners D is ferocious.

    and remember, you can’t spell elite
    without ELI !!!

    in eli we trust.

    ggggggggg-go, giants !

  39. omniscient48 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:51 AM

    The “forward progress” call is confusing. If this was not a fumble because his forward progress had been stopped, then what do you call last week when Pierre Thomas’ forward progress was not only stopped but sent back about 3 yards when he was knocked unconscious. Why was that a fumble and this one wasn’t? Very inconsistent in my opinion.

  40. salmen76 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:54 AM

    Ha Ha. How bout dat Niners fans. Yall wasn’t playing the Saints High school Defense this weekend! Yall faced a real pro level defense and lost in your OWN backyard. My 2 favorite teams are the Saints and whoever is playing the scrub 40-whiners. Geaux Saints! Geaux Eli!

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