Giants top 49ers in overtime, will meet Patriots in the Super Bowl

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Four years later, the Giants and Patriots will meet in the Super Bowl again.

The Giants beat the Patriots at Super Bowl XLII four years ago, and they earned an opportunity to play the Patriots at Super Bowl XLVI by beating the 49ers in overtime of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night, 20-17.

It was a Lawrence Tynes field goal that ended the game, but the special teams player who set up the Giants in field goal range will get even more attention than Tynes in the post-game discussions: The goat for the 49ers, punt returner Kyle Williams.

Williams muffed a punt in the fourth quarter to set up the Giants’ game-tying score and then fumbled a return in overtime to set up the Giants’ game-winning score. Williams was only returning punts for the 49ers because the regular return man, Ted Ginn, missed the game with an injury. That injury may have cost San Francisco a trip to the Super Bowl.

But this game was about more than just Williams. It was about Victor Cruz having a sensational game for the Giants. It was about Eli Manning, who was sacked six times, nonetheless persevering to complete 32 of 58 passes for 316 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. And it was about Tom Coughlin once again having his team ready to play its best football at the most important times.

For the 49ers, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 73 and 28 yards. But there weren’t enough big plays on offense other than that, and the 49ers’ offense was dreadful on third downs.

Both offenses were dreadful for long stretches of the game, leading to a whopping 22 punts — 12 for the Giants and 10 for the 49ers.

But in the end, it was a fumbled punt by the 49ers that made the difference, and the Giants capitalized and are heading to the Super Bowl.

227 responses to “Giants top 49ers in overtime, will meet Patriots in the Super Bowl

  1. Wait, HOLD ON! Did I miss something? What time was the Packer game today? And why are there roughly 50,000 shares of Packer stock with zero bids still up on eBay? LOL!

  2. Brady and Co. won’t be 0% on Third Down Conversions.

    They’ll also have a score to settle.

    What a story these next two weeks will be.

  3. OH MY GOD….that game seriously took 10 years off my life! Niners fans, you should be very proud of that team…they fought to the end and I really was so nervous. An amazing game.

  4. two people you won’t see at the Harbaugh household on Thanksgiving:

    Kyle Williams
    Billy Cundiff

  5. contra74 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:36 PM
    Wait, HOLD ON! Did I miss something? What time was the Packer game today? And why are there roughly 50,000 shares of Packer stock with zero bids still up on eBay? LOL!
    ——–
    Bitter Bears fan?

  6. Williams will be the goat of the game, but the 49ers offense should take some of the blame too. They had TONS of chances in regulation and OT to win this game but didn’t get the job done.

  7. The 49’ers will be back. They has an awesome defense. They beat Eli up all day. Brady would have quit before the 4th quarter. Please, please, please Giants put Brady on his a$$. Hit him early and hit him hard and he’ll give up. We’ve all seen it before.

  8. The last sub par QB to make the super bowl was Rex Grossman, and that was 2006 and he stunk up the place. Since then, only hall of famers have played in the super bowl. The notion that ‘defense wins championships, offense sells tickets’ is now officially debunked.

    The two QBs in the super bowl combined for 10,168 yards passing this season. That’s the most ever for a super bowl matchup.

  9. What a perfect day. Both Harbaugh brothers lose. Couldn’t happen to a nicer family. A family of losers that is.

  10. Heck Hairbaug didn’t even slam Cofflin’s back….just ran off into the sunset. Well him and his brother can sit around the old barbie and have a dog and talk over their blown year.

  11. Ez Eli going back to the big game

    Brady look out Eli is coming

    SF great D get a QB and you could go far

  12. Kyle Williams might want to head straight to the airport and hightail it out of San Fran ASAP. Those pyscho fans are liable to put a whuppin on him

  13. “Who’s got it better than us?”

    Well apparently the G-Men do.

    9ers lose at their own game, fumbling their SB hopes away, fitting.

    At least you have Alex Smith next year instead of, you know, like the brother of the QB who just beat you. But thankfully you locked up the old Ute before he hits the market for 46.15% passing completion performers.

    The only creatures who fear Alex Smith

  14. Congrats to the NY Giants, good luck against the Pats!

    The 9ers really missed Ginn today and didn’t take advantage of some opportunities. 9er fans shouldn’t hang their heads, this was still a great season. Work to do, but a bright future. Giants are playing great.

  15. Two very great, back and forth games. It was also nice to finally see a game that wasn’t played in absolutely perfect conditions.

  16. As a Giants fan, mad credit to San Fransisco (the team). Didn’t think they would be able to hang with the Giants, but they did that and more. But live by the turnover, die by the turnover.

  17. 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.

  18. I think it’s official…… Two turnovers(the 2nd gave the game away) Williams played himself out of SF and maybe even the NFL. Tough break kid, I you don’t live the rest of your life stuck on this moment.

  19. Bill Belichick: “and lastly the game ball to Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff. thanks for being the best players on our team. we couldn’t and wouldn’t have done it without you!”

    Tom Coughlin: “I just want to give our game ball to Kyle Williams. he single-handedly won this game for us. without his efforts, we would have lost 17-10 in regulation. thanks Kyle!”

    the better teams both lost today. which is unfortunate for everyone but Giants and Pats fans. guess it truly IS better to be lucky than good.

  20. Do the Alex Smith questions start now? He has been protected ALL season by a dominant defense, an unstoppable running game, and an offensive scheme that gives him extremely easy reads. When Alex Smith did have to win a game by himself, the result: Loss.

  21. Congrats to the Giants – awesome, close game and it ended in you favor. Good luck in the SB.

    Signed,

    A disappointed Niners fan.

  22. Pat’s/Gints in a Super Bowl REMATCH!!!!!

    The way it was MEANT to be!!!!!!

    Manning looked even worse than Brady today, and would you rather be Williams or Cundiff tonight???

    SERIOUSLY, a muffed punt in OVERTIME ….. of the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME??????

    Look forthe Pat’s to even the Super Bowl score this time!

    By the way, a Giants/Pat’s Super Bowl ……. how’s THAT taste, Rex Ryan????

  23. i know they lost but the 49ers put out about the best defensive effort I’ve ever seen. They never gave up no matter how long they were in there.

  24. “Who’s got it better than us?”

    Well apparently the G-Men do.

    9ers lose at their own game, fumbling their SB hopes away, fitting.

    At least you have Alex Smith next year instead of, you know, like the brother of the QB who just beat you. But thankfully you locked up the old Ute before he hits that hot market for 46.15% passing completion in the NFCCG performers.

  25. 49ers have a couple glaring weaknesses is all. Mainly the complete lack of wide receivers, and a dumb kick returner. Gianst just sort of benefited from it. Patriots will destroy the Giants.

  26. Somewhere David Tyree is practicing his helmet catches. We all know someone somewhere in the media is going to call him up and give him airtime.

  27. Great effort by all the niners except for ONE little RUNT… hey, Kyle, or should I say Kylieee…. how does it feel to single handedly cause your team the win.

    Two turns over, you kidding me… you little turd. You are nothing. Nothing but a little sh****y runt.

  28. Booooo Yaaaaaa!!!! Great game but the better team (defense) won !!! Super Bowl is a piece of cake…..Eli > Peyton!!

  29. Well Goodell great show hope you get the ratings you are hoping for good try 49ers and Ravens It’s hard enough to beat teams in the NFL/GOODELL as it is today . Even harder to beat them and the refs. Good job to both teams that lost today .

  30. Flashback to 2007. Another Super Bowl where I want the Giants and Patriots to somehow both lose. Congrats anyway, it should be another great game.

  31. Well, as a lifetime Pats fan I’m very worried about this SB. Brady isn’t playing quite right (seems to miss more open receivers than ever), the defense is still very spotty despite the past two games looking better, the Giants have talent and smell blood (and are probably having deja vu moments of SB 42…), and WORST of all the Gronk is injured – sure pray he makes it back in time otherwise it won’t be pretty.

  32. Remember forward progress is only stopped if you are a Giant. Great quick whistle to keep the g men in the game Zeebs. The comish will be proud you carried out his directives.

  33. Wow … just wow! What a great game!!

    I know some people–like Goodell–prefer 62-point games with no defense. But they’re idiots.

    Congratulations to the Giants, and much respect to the 49ers!! What a nail-biter!! Can’t wait for the Super Bowl!!

  34. Why are so many people hating on the Harbaughs cause Jim turned around a 6-10 season in a year with a team Singletary said he couldn’t win with or John who has taken his team to the playoffs every year since he became a head coach. They are smug? Makes no sense…

    People need to stop hating on the Jets still ok we get it they called a Super Bowl and didn’t make it but they were in the AFC championship game with a rookie quarterback and went back the next year.

  35. *yawns* The season ends next week with the Pro Bowl. No need to waste time watching the Super Bowl.

  36. I think the questions about Alex Smith start now. He was hand-held all season, and when the game was on the line, the old-Alex showed up.

  37. now danny woodhead, shaun ellis, or james ihedibo just need to win the MVP so its really sucks for the jets

  38. Considering the Whiners won’t even sniff the playoffs next year…They blew it. Enjoy the brief moment from mediocre Whiners fans.

  39. The Giants should give a game ball to #10 on the Niners. He single handedly gave them the game.
    Who’d have guessed that Ted Ginn missing the game would be the difference?

  40. giants fans, niner fans, nfl fans should agree…and alex smith is the easiest guy on the planet to pull for.
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    Speak for yourself.

  41. The Niners were the best tackling team I have seen in a long time. Their over aggressiveness in the secondary caused some missed INTs. What a great game.

    P.S. I wonder how many dream teamers and Jerruh’s boys we will see in the Pro Bowl.

    Go Blue…

  42. giants will win, and im not a giant fan, sorry for those crying babies who says arent watching the superbowl…im not playing? then i want my ball back ha losers

  43. As a Giants fan, hats off to the 49ers. What a sick defense they have. Davis is a beast.

    There would have been no shame in losing this game. Hard fought. Look out for them next year.

  44. Great game to watch. Hell both games were great to watch. The Crows lose and contrary to popular belief, the NFC East is alive and well.

    Oh yeah and Redskins 2-0 over the Giants this year. And both games weren’t close. Hilarious.

  45. Great game G-men and good luck. Kyle Williams should be your co-mvp. Oh and i stick by original feelings. Crabtree is garbage. We need real WR’s

  46. Great effort by all the niners except for ONE little RUNT… hey, Kyle, or should I say Kylieee…. how does it feel to single handedly cause your team the win.

    Two turns over, you kidding me… you little turd. You are nothing. Nothing but a little sh****y runt.

    ———————-

    he also set up there go ahead td with a great return.

    yeah he made a mistake but he didnt lose the game.

  47. diehard giants fan. i’m ecstatic that the giants pulled this one and survived BUT let me say to the niners fans, please don’t hang your head. your team is the truth. harbaugh is that coach and your defense is beyond legit.

    smith wasn’t bad but maybe next year with a full training camp and the playbook is opened up a bit more with a couple of new receiving threats and your squad will be beyond scary. yours is a team with true warriors.

    that said, LET’S GO BIG BLUE.

    who doesn’t believe in eli now?

  48. Big yawn for the pending two week long northeastern circle jerk. Thanks for the early whistle on the Bradshaw fumble . . . Roger thanks you.

  49. Both teams had a bit of luck today to advance…..Pats will remember 2007 but the G-men won’t care. My son is a Pats fan, my dad is a Giants fan……should be a great game!!!!

  50. jackntorres says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:41 PM
    “Who’s got it better than us?”

    Well apparently the G-Men do.

    9ers lose at their own game, fumbling their SB hopes away, fitting.

    At least you have Alex Smith next year instead of, you know, like the brother of the QB who just beat you. But thankfully you locked up the old Ute before he hits the market for 46.15% passing completion performers.

    -Wow, still upset that your saints LOST last week to Alex Smith. Get over it. Anyway, congrats to the Giants.

  51. “localbandhero says: Jan 22, 2012 10:37 PM

    Brady and Co. won’t be 0% on Third Down Conversions.”

    Nor did they when the Giants beat them earlier in the year.

  52. That was one hell of a defensive game. Not taking away from the 9ers but more from their prognosticating fans who predicted the 9ers winning by 40 points. I also love the statistics that they keep referring to, as if it holds water in these games. Well maybe for the 9ers, they do. Lets just say that for the 2007 Giants and this year’s Super Bowl bound team, stats don’t mean a thing.

    Like I stated before, if anyone should be afraid of any team, it is these Giants that everyone should watch out for, remember, they don’t even belong in the playoffs.

    Everybody can say otherwise, but I’m pretty sure, to us Giants fans, he’s ELIte.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  53. tough pill to swallow… one hell of a season comes to an end. I was hoping for some 2003 magic with a botched FG at the end there but the niner’s had their chances on offense.

    These teams are pretty evenly matched so losing to the giants isn’t anything to sneeze at.

    Kyle Williams… ah, no use in saying anything negative – but very tempting.

    I feel bad for the defense who’s played at a very high level for the most part of the season. They deserve to be in the super bowl – but with the offense sleeping – especially on third downs, the two give-aways on special teams was too much to overcome.

    Going to be a LONG off-season.

  54. Keep your heads up niners. Great season, you were not embarrased in this game.
    Cchampionship calibre defense. A good receiver or two from being a championship team.
    Good luck Giants. You won the game and should be favored in the Super Bowl.

  55. Giants were saved by the refs for that non-fumble call in the final moments of regulation. That was about a 25 yd FG David Akers would had to have kicked and the niners would’ve been in the SB. Giants are good, but Niners got screwed because the NFL wanted their big money rematch.

  56. 1 – 13 on 3rd. C’Mon Man.

    Alex your Superbowl was last week. Sorry it’s your last ticket to the dance. Vernon guess you finally stepped up. Sorry San Fran your lucky run ends. Your division is improving and your schedule will be harder. Take your boring football home.

    1 – 13 on 3rd in the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP?!?

    Harbaugh (x2) you should be ashamed…

    Forget Williams & Cundiff. Mistakes are part of the game

    Ahahahahahahahahaha!

  57. Great games, but I hate to see games like these end with goats. Games like this should end with a great pass or great run, or an interception, or something like that. Not one miserable guy taking the brunt of blame, and having to deal with that for the rest of his life.

    Two very enjoyable games that both end with a bad taste in the mouth. The losing teams *and* winning teams deserved better endings.

  58. Haha oh man. This totally made my week. I’m so happy all those loudmouth niner fans have to shut up with that retarded slogan “who’s got it better than us? Nobody”…yeah because you get to watch the Super Bowl at home! How comfy! Pass the cheese dip and rice a roni.
    That slogan alone makes you want to root against them.

    Nice try San fail and please, believe that you’ll be back there again next year and you’ll be soul crushed even more. It ain’t that easy. Just ask the packers.

    You had your chance and YOU BLEW IT!!!!

  59. Glad to see most SF fans are keeping it classy. And why not? That game was a classic. If SF had a legit WR, this game would not have gone to OT. Smith had a heckuva game, keeping a lot of plays extended with his legs. That D is the nastiest this Giants fan has seen in a LONG time. Congrats, SF and their fans…that was a great game.

    P.S. Glad to see this game was NOT decided by the stripes. Hochuli is a bit long-winded, but I thought he explained things pretty well.

  60. Yes, your PR shouldn’t put the ball on the ground. Twice. But before he is tarred and feathered, at least take the offense to task for being, … well …. offensive. SI says they converted 1 of 13 first downs but I didn’t think they converted any. They had only 15 first downs the whole game and 4 of those came by penalty.

    Ferocious defense. Atrocious offense. They have Gore and Davis. That’s it. They had umpteen chances to win that game and couldn’t come close to cashing in.

    But wow, that defense is awfully good. The offense is just awful.

  61. Saint fan here, just wanted to say to all those “ish talking” bandwagon, flag waving, towel twirling, fake Niner fan ……. poof now back to the pumpkin you are!

  62. eaglebranded says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:45 PM
    Well Goodell great show hope you get the ratings you are hoping for good try 49ers and Ravens It’s hard enough to beat teams in the NFL/GOODELL as it is today . Even harder to beat them and the refs. Good job to both teams that lost today .
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    Game’s over…go dry your tears, Eagles fan. The refs did NOT decide this game. Even SF fans aren’t blaming the refs.

  63. Because all the time is a good time to bang on Rex Ryan, how ironic is it that the Giants – who Rex claimed was the second best team in NYC – are going to the Super Bowl against the Pats – who Ryan claimed he was going to surpass this year – thanks in part to a foot?

  64. Special teams killed the two losers today. Congrats to giants. Manning got his a$$ kicked all over the field and didn’t win this game. For once the 49ers strength was its weakness. I hope Brady gets what’s coming to him.

  65. As a 49ers fan, I have two things to say. Hats off to the Giants, they played great defense and put themselves in position to win it. Secondly, I hope Kyle Williams doesn’t dwell on this game forever. He’s a good young receiver, and he has a place on this 49ers team. It’s painful to lose one like this, but it’s hard to be disappointed considering we haven’t even tasted a playoff game in 9 years let alone the NFC Championship game. Good luck to the G-Men, and I think the 49ers will be back next year.

  66. If you’d put me in as the 49ers punt returner, I would have run away from the kick as fast as possible, screaming like a little girl.

    Which more than likely would have resulted in a Super Bowl trip for Alex Smith and crew… Remember that next year, San Francisco!

  67. Take that you bunch of 9er fans – so disrepectful – even when national antheim was being sung you were booing when Giants players showed on the screen. What goes around -comes around and tonight you got yours. Stick that in your pipes, your coach was so embarrassed he refused post game interviews. You lost, go home and watch the SB from your local pup. Looser.

  68. contra74 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:36 PM

    Wait, HOLD ON! Did I miss something? What time was the Packer game today? And why are there roughly 50,000 shares of Packer stock with zero bids still up on eBay? LOL!

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

    Post of the year — POST OF THE YEAR I tell you!!!

  69. Most Valuable Player for New York Giants:
    49’ers put returner Kyle Williams!

    After all his F-ups earlier, if I was the coach (either head or special teams); he’d have been so far at the end of the bench you wouldn’t have been able to see that idiot.

  70. @jackntorres says:

    Alex Smith signed a 1 year contract this year. This year is now over.
    ——————

    “At least you have Alex Smith next year instead of, you know, like the brother of the QB who just beat you. But thankfully you locked up the old Ute before he hits that hot market for 46.15% passing completion in the NFCCG performers.”
    ——————–
    What does this mean? What are you trying to say? Can someone out there translate this?

  71. Did Harbaugh really decline to talk to the media. Doesn’t win gracefully…figures he’d be a classless loser too.

  72. Ahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

    SF was the biggest fluke of the playoffs…wow, that would’ve been a terrible Super Bowl (SF/NE). Thank God we don’t have that to look forward to.

  73. Where are those arrogant niners fans? Probably either shooting someone, heckling teenage girls, or booing during the national anthem. Buh Bye.

  74. Would have pulled Williams after the first miscue on punt return duties and put someone like Kendall Hunter in.

    Watched Kendall Hunter when he played for OSU…Great athlete for his size with good moves.

    49ers need to get him in the punt return mix for next year.

  75. IMG says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:59 PM
    Classless (I presume) Giants fans. Even in victory they cant stop taking shots at the niners.

    ______________

    Hey IMG…take a look at the archived articles over the course of the season and see how many shots Niners fans were taking…Get over yourself.

  76. Both conference games were thrillers. 49ers will be a team to reckon with in the future and the NFC will be competitive. Lack of third down conversion hurt the Niners.

  77. domehead says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:19 PM
    Did Harbaugh really decline to talk to the media. Doesn’t win gracefully…figures he’d be a classless loser too.

    -He was just speaking on NFL Network in a post game newsconference so I have no idea what you are talking about.

  78. excellent game! The 49ers have an amazing coach. If not for a retard kick returner’s two f**k ups they’d have won. I hate the Giants but they really earned this one

  79. I am just glad the 49ers bllsht luck finally ran out and they lost. Tools like Alex Smith and Carlos Rogers will go back to being themselves and this team will be back to 4-12. Lots of things went their way this year and it is rare teams get that lucky two years in a row … Especially when they have a horrible QB.

  80. 1 for 13 on third down is what cost them the game. Smith looked like his old self in the 4th quarter, like a deer in the headlights. What a great game that was. I hope those Giants fans get out of Candlestick alive. Go G-men!

  81. bbh2012 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:26 PM

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    Hey IMG…take a look at the archived articles over the course of the season and see how many shots Niners fans were taking…Get over yourself.

    ———————–

    You freaking WON (assuming you are a Giants fan).
    And your(and fellow Gants fans with the classless comments) reaction is that of rubbing your opponents face in?
    Pathetic.

    I am rooting for the Giants in the SB, but the fans on this post – they are really ………

  82. Props to Gregg Rosenthal. FOX pretty much stole your entire Alex Smith article down to the backwards baseball cap reference.

    Great game. Bad breaks for Niners. Proud season and great things to come. Can’t believe I’m saying it, but I hope Giants win it all.

  83. This was a great defensive battle between two of the best defenses in the NFL. Neither offense lit the other team up in the 2nd half. This game wasn’t lost from fumbles by Kyle Williams, but the failure of the 49ers to convert at all on 3rd down. Giants fans, don’t crow too much. The game was gift wrapped for you. Your D was awesome, but your franchise QB failed to move the ball at all with 1:45 left in the game or in OT. Harbaugh has taken this team from the doghouse to one win away from the super bowl, and deserves a lot of credit. The niners will be back in the playoffs next year.

  84. Well, what do you know…. the lucksack Giants get a bunch of dropped interceptions from the 49ers, a huge call go in their favor with the forward progress, and 2 game changing fumbles bounce right into their hands by a backup who was only playing cause their star punt returner was injured.

    Must be nice to be the luckiest team in the NFL, again.

  85. KIR must be a bitter jets fan cause I’m pretty sure he’s been “predicting” Pats losses for the last 3 months now, but they just keep on winning. Listen f**k face, give it up with the “just knock Brady down and he’ll quit crap”. Brady is a f’n champion loser, I know watching Sanchez all year forces you to forget what one looks like, but pay close attention mental midget, you’ve only got one more game that you can “predict” a pats loss so good luck to you d**che

  86. Nobody exemplify’s sore Winner’s like 49er and Patriot fan. Ely chopped the head off that first dragon today. In 2 weeks he will get the chance to slay the other. Don’t worry though Pat’s fan we all know you where Giants Fans in the 80’s;)

  87. Since PFT has a habit of not posting what I typically write in moments like these, I’ll keep it simple.

    Niners, great effort, fret not for you’ll be back.

    On the other hand, BIG BLUE TRAIN KEEPS A ROLLING!

  88. cubsisles72 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:40 PM
    Exactly what the Patriots wanted… Brady will light them up as payback.
    ===========

    Yeah, like he “lit up” the Ravens. He lucky to even be in the thing.

    This is DEFINITELY not 2007

  89. Niners smacked the Gmen around as advertised. That’s a helluva team in SF and the credit is all due. VD was te beast as advertised. What a great game and I hope this reinstitutes the giants- niners rivalry. Surprisingly a great game by the refs overall, and can’t expect less from a hochule headed crew. Niners have nothing but good things to come. That d line and backer corps is a beast. That said, no one likes the para but for new englanders…. Go giants!
    * might have misspelled a word here or ther but niners deserve a lot of respect. Great team

  90. domehead says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:19 PM
    Did Harbaugh really decline to talk to the media. Doesn’t win gracefully…figures he’d be a classless loser too.

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

    I guess Schwartz really was on to something.

    then again, he isn’t exactly the most graceful loser, either.

  91. Very hard fought championship games. Props to both Ravens & Niners teams and fans.

    This should be one crazy superbowl. This time however the Giants must be favorites.

    Who would’ve thought before the season started that Brady would be going to the Manning backyard to try and beat little Eli and his Giants while the Manning family watches from the skybox.

    It’s going to be two crazy weeks in the media.

  92. I don’t want to hear about “class” from SF fans. I don’t see A single giants fan doing anything but reminding you of all that foolish talk all week. And with your coach and TE, I’d be the LAST to talk about class anyway. Who throws victory parties before the game is even played and acts like a puta tonight? And your whiny coach who needs to be reminded tbat they got away with holding all night and several awful calls in their favor tonight.

  93. The Niners will never be in the same situation as today. I’m a SF native, Cowboys fan since ’76, and, unfortunately have seen it a couple times over the years. Williams should be cut tomorrow, but in all fairness should have specifically been told to fair catch the ball in OT – may have happened. Williams cost the Niners 10 points and the game. It is amazing that Eli can be basically sacked throw the ball in the air and it happens to be caught – Bradshaw this game, Cruz vs. Dallas. Cruz is an incredible story though.

  94. pftcensorssuck says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:42 PM
    Pat’s/Gints in a Super Bowl REMATCH!!!!!

    The way it was MEANT to be!!!!!!

    Manning looked even worse than Brady today, and would you rather be Williams or Cundiff tonight???

    SERIOUSLY, a muffed punt in OVERTIME ….. of the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME??????

    Look forthe Pat’s to even the Super Bowl score this time!

    By the way, a Giants/Pat’s Super Bowl ……. how’s THAT taste, Rex Ryan????
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    Manning threw for 2 TD’s

    Brady NONE.

    Giants won’t quit, Gronk is not completely right, and there’s no deep threat this time around. (Moss)

  95. Love the classy post from Giants fans, pre and post game, majority of Giants fans have been nothing but classy; very refreshing.

    Funny how fans of teams that didnt make the playoffs or lost to the Niners in the playoffs (Saints) are the ones talking trash. Unless youre a Pats fans or Giants fans, you have zero room to talk.

    Nothing to be ashamed of Niners fans. 6-10 last year, rookie head coach with a week of training camp, to the NFC Championship game. Not a bad turnaround!

    Alex NEEDS to improve on 3rd down. Receiver upgrade is a must in the offseason. Bringing another QB for some competition wouldn’t hurt either.

    Even though I hate Kyle Williams with all my heart and soul, hats off to Giants and their fans. You guys deserved it. Good luck in SBXVI

  96. blackfootkiller says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:49 PM
    Considering the Whiners won’t even sniff the playoffs next year…They blew it. Enjoy the brief moment from mediocre Whiners fans.

    ——————

    Still bitter, Saints fan? I bet SF does better next year than your over-hyped AFL team. In both playoff games, an elite WR on SF’s squad would have made last week’s game a humiliating blowout against your dome team and would have propelled the 9ers into the SB so suck it you classless loser.

    Congratulations to the GMen and their fans. Great game, it could have gone either way. It came down to who made the most positive plays. Now go kick some Patriot butt.

  97. @jackntorres

    Alex signed a one year deal BEFORE the offseason so there is no guarantee he will be the starter or even back with SF next year. I believe the Saints D feared Alex last week. Still butt hurt about losing to such a terrible QB huh? Trash talk Alex or the Niners all you want but they sent your team home last week. Kyle Williams and Billy Cundiff will lend you their tissues if you’d like…

  98. Great game! Teams were evenly matched but only one can win. SF…you can hold your head high. It could’ve gone either way; unfortunately, a couple mistakes made the difference. Great effort by both teams.

  99. IMG says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:59 PM
    Classless (I presume) Giants fans. Even in victory they cant stop taking shots at the niners.

    As if Niners fans would have been classy if they had won. Give me a break and find me a violin.

  100. Seems like there is an F-ton of extremely overly bitter fans from teams that weren’t in this game…. boo hoo go cry to your mommies you little pansies. Hell of a game.

  101. @schweb08 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 10:43 PM
    The giants got the game handed to them on the silver platter…anyone else believes different is an idiot.

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    I would love to hear your logic on this. As a lifetime Giants fan I have to say this was great game and SF has a team\coach that will get them back in the near future. Unless they have to go through the NY Giants!!

    Good game SF! See you next year!

  102. Something doesn’t make sense here. There seems to be general agreement that Kyle Williams cost his team the game, but not general agreement that the Giants had the game handed to them.

    How can you have one without the other?

    I mean if someone gives away a game for his team, there has to be another team there to take what’s being given away, right?

    That’s like having Joe throw the ball to Jim, who catches it and then saying “Well, Joe threw the ball alright, but Jim didn’t catch it.”

    Okay, then how did Jim end up with the ball?

    “Oh he just played hard and won the ball.”

    Really, because it looked to me like Joe threw him the ball.

    “Nope, he earned having the ball through determination.”

    Oh, okay.

  103. It’s so funny that only the classy 9er fans are left talking. The loudmouths that trashed the Giants all week are nowhere to be found. Good game. Great run. One more baby!!

  104. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    I don’t want to hear about “class” from SF fans. I don’t see A single giants fan doing anything but reminding you of all that foolish talk all week. And with your coach and TE, I’d be the LAST to talk about class anyway. Who throws victory parties before the game is even played and acts like a puta tonight? And your whiny coach who needs to be reminded tbat they got away with holding all night and several awful calls in their favor tonight.
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    Personally I think the fans of the winning team have a right to do trash talking.
    However, the game was close enough to have gone either way. Neither team really dominated.

    Will be rooting for the giants to go crush brady.
    I think whichever team came out of NFC would be crushing Brady.
    Giants are the most complete team remaining and will take care of the Patsies.

    Niners fans: what do you think? The team needs credible WRs to contend again. The D is legit and the running game is strong. I saw Alex Smith look for open receivers and frequently found no one.

  105. saintij says: Jan 22, 2012 11:05 PM

    Saint fan here, just wanted to say to all those “ish talking” bandwagon, flag waving, towel twirling, fake Niner fan ……. poof now back to the pumpkin you are!

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    OMG a Saints “fan” calling anyone a bandwagoner? I just fell off my chair laughing at you… Do you realize the complete hypocrisy of your statement? Err wait I doubt it tool

  106. i am very proud of the giants right now but i must congratulate the niners. wow! you guys
    are gonna be a force for a long time. what a D.
    nice season, niners.

    in eli we trust…..

  107. Delanie Walker having to shake off rust and no Josh Morgan hurt the 49ers today. I kinda expected the team to suffer in the red zone without Morgan because he was Smith’s safety valve at WR.

    I do think they need to get a new KR/PR though. Ginn is good but I think there is better out there. And Williams should never be a returner in the NFL again.

    I’d like for the 49ers to either get a Jackson or Colston in FA or draft a Sanu or Kendall Wright at WR.

  108. cannonballdookie says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:02 AM
    Green Bay is still the best team in the league… trollbaiting… but it’s true…

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    Funny, but I didn’t see their name on the front of the SB program tonight.

  109. golfore says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:31 PM
    1 for 13 on third down is what cost them the game. Smith looked like his old self in the 4th quarter, like a deer in the headlights. What a great game that was. I hope those Giants fans get out of Candlestick alive. Go G-men!
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    Actually this one mostly on the lack of quality WRs. Smith could not find receivers open.
    I’d bet that gets addressed this offseason.

  110. The Ravens would’ve beaten the Pats today if they had a great QB.

    Bad news for you Pats fans.

    The Giants have a great QB.

  111. SF had a great year and clearly are back on the football map. The Ravens.. so close…again.

    The Giants flat out wanted it more, Eli showed why he is an Elite QB in the NFL, he wins the Super Bowl again he is in the HoF.

    Tom Brady is already going to Canton he is now going for the greatest of all time with another Super Bowl win.

  112. Eli was very good this year. But come on. THe Giants D deserves the primary credit for this win. They kept that game scoreless after 17 f-17 for 4 drives or so. Enough time for Eli’s offense to get a luckly turnover on Special teams in FG territory. TheGiants O was putrid in the last 35 minutes. The Giants D came to play in the final 15 minutes.

  113. Did anyone else notice the holder (punter) was wearing what looked like a wedding ring during that final kick? Funny the refs didn’t notice and make him take it off.

    Good game to all four teams; thanks for entertaining us with a couple of nail biters. Congrats to the Pats & Giants. Nothing to be ashamed of 9ers and Ravens; you both had successful seasons, just not the ultimate.

  114. skins23 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:42 PM
    Well, what do you know…. the lucksack Giants get a bunch of dropped interceptions from the 49ers, a huge call go in their favor with the forward progress, and 2 game changing fumbles bounce right into their hands by a backup who was only playing cause their star punt returner was injured.

    Must be nice to be the luckiest team in the NFL, again.
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    Hey, where were you last week when the refs did everything they could to give the game to the Packers? Oh yeah, you were NOWHERE to be found.

    Enjoy your off-season, skins fan.

  115. Still bitter, Saints fan? I bet SF does better next year than your over-hyped AFL team. In both playoff games, an elite WR on SF’s squad would have made last week’s game a humiliating blowout against your dome team and would have propelled the 9ers into the SB so suck it you classless loser.

    Congratulations to the GMen and their fans. Great game, it could have gone either way. It came down to who made the most positive plays. Now go kick some Patriot butt.

    ==========

    Let me tell you something Niner fan – you guys were one year ahead…maybe even two years ahead of schedule. You straight gutted the Saints with a tremendous last second comeback. No one can dare diss Alex Smith – but i’m thinking the Niners hedge their bets (Colin Kaepernick, not remotely ready to take this team).

    Hell of ride, Niner fan – hold your head up HIGH. You were one fumbled kick away – who’d have thunk that Ted Ginn injury would impact in such a major way?

  116. I don’t get the 500 comments how the giants are lucky, and don’t deserve to be there and recovered two fumbles to win. By that logic the miners are the luckiest team in football. Their turnover ratio was plus 38, they won games that way. They got beat at their own game. Not once did I think the 49ers were lucky this yr.
    Also, a ton of comments how Eli was awful and almost threw pick, he didn’t. In fact his line didn’t protect him one bit in the second half and still played well. The fact he dropped back to throw 64 times and not one turnover was impressive in itself. On the flip side half of the niners yards came on 3 plays the entire game. I don’t get how the giants were lucky. They also threw all day in horrid conditions and flew cross country the day before, never easy.
    Niners are for real though, great fast d, great rb and a few pieces away. They should dominate that division for yrs to come. but please ESP that guy prophet, stop posting how lucky the giants are. 49ers lived and died by the turnover game all yr….that wasn’t luck for them

  117. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    I don’t want to hear about “class” from SF fans. I don’t see A single giants fan doing anything but reminding you of all that foolish talk all week. And with your coach and TE, I’d be the LAST to talk about class anyway. Who throws victory parties before the game is even played and acts like a puta tonight? And your whiny coach who needs to be reminded tbat they got away with holding all night and several awful calls in their favor tonight.
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    Mrs. Wright, you should be the last one to comment on “class”, you’re one of the biggest cheap shot artists on this site (and that’s saying something). And when the G-Men lost a game this year you would be on this site whining all night how they got jobbed by the rules, the ref’s, the other team. I knight you, “PFT Hero”.

  118. greenandgoldgirl says:

    *yawns* The season ends next week with the Pro Bowl. No need to waste time watching the Super Bowl.

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    The comment of someone who has ZERO knowledge of or interest in the game of football but is just a spoiled brat who can’t handle it when her team isn’t the center of attention. How long have you been a Packers fan? Five minutes? Can’t imagine someone like you sticking with the Pack through their lean years.

  119. @gcsuks funny how you keep criticizing people remarks everyone saw both games each team had help let’s see in two weeks if you are up here talking fact is both teams needed help to be where they are at fact. I bet Saints fans wished the whistle blew when old Pierre got hit at the two yard line .P.S. funny how my first statement to you has miraculously disappeared.

  120. Giants are a scary matchup for the Pats. Although (as a Pats fan) in this recent era of no huddle Pats teams any stout defense has had me wary.

  121. The regular season game between Giants and Patriots was very close, with no scoring in the first half. Brady threw for more yards but was picked off twice compared to once for Manning. The Giants had slightly more rushing yards with Jacobs having a good day but the defenses had a better one.
    There is no aura of invincibility (that comes with being undefeated) surrounding these Patriots, which will keep them from being overconfident. Giants will be considered the visitors, which must suit them after beating the Packers and 49ers on the road. As, always, defense wins championships.

  122. As a niner fan this game hurt like hell to lose. That being said, Giants please do us all a favor and beat the Patriots. They get enough media coverage as it is, i don’t need a whole offseason of it

  123. Ralphie says:
    Jan 23, 2012 7:33 AM
    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    I don’t want to hear about “class” from SF fans. I don’t see A single giants fan doing anything but reminding you of all that foolish talk all week. And with your coach and TE, I’d be the LAST to talk about class anyway. Who throws victory parties before the game is even played and acts like a puta tonight? And your whiny coach who needs to be reminded tbat they got away with holding all night and several awful calls in their favor tonight.
    _____________________________

    Mrs. Wright, you should be the last one to comment on “class”, you’re one of the biggest cheap shot artists on this site (and that’s saying something). And when the G-Men lost a game this year you would be on this site whining all night how they got jobbed by the rules, the ref’s, the other team. I knight you, “PFT Hero”.
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    There’s always stand up comedian gigs in Times Square if you want them. I speak facts. You just can’t take it.

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