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The receivers for the New York Giants create major mismatches. Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks are all capable of having big days against the San Francisco 49ers.
During the regular season, Cruz actually led the team in receiving yardage with 1,536 followed by Nicks with 1,192.
During the playoffs, it has been Nicks who has taken charge. He has 280 yards and four touchdowns in just two games.
Manningham has 99 yards and two postseason touchdowns, while Cruz has racked up 102 yards.
There is no particular pecking order with the three. Whoever is open will get the ball.
And when a team thinks it has all three locked up, tight end Jake Ballad sneaks off the line of scrimmage and makes a big play. He actually was the Giants' third leading receiver during the regular season.
Manningham missed a number of games and still had one more reception (39 catches for 523 yards), but Ballard had 604 receiving yards and was tied with Manningham with four touchdown catches.
The San Francisco 49ers only have one lockdown cornerback in Carlos Rodgers, and if he decides to cover Nicks, Manning won't have to throw in his direction with so many other options available.
Nicks has great hands, but if he can't get free from Rodgers, Manning won't throw him the ball.
The Giants do have Vernon Davis to contend with, but expect New York to pay him a ton of attention forcing Alex Smith to throw to Michael Crabtree.