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The San Francisco 49ers picked up a thrilling 36-32 win over the New Orleans Saints as 3.5-point home underdogs in the divisional round, as their plus-four turnover differential was definitely the difference.
49ers quarterback Alex Smith showed up big when it counted, relying on tight end Vernon Davis in clutch situations, completing 24 of 42 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
The New York Giants have been the most visually impressive team during the 2012 NFL playoffs thus far, dominating the Atlanta Falcons and top-seed Green Bay Packers.
It's important to note that the 49ers captured a 27-20 win over the Giants as four-point home favorites on Nov. 13, with the visitor coming off an emotional 24-20 road victory over the New England Patriots seven days before.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning may have lost on the scoreboard, but the team won the statistical battle by 90 total yards.
Sports handicappers have definitely circled that 49ers running back Frank Gore sat out most of the regular-season meeting with an ankle injury that plagued him for a couple weeks.
Handicapper Line: San Francisco 49ers (-1)
Las Vegas Line: San Francisco 49ers (-1)