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49ers-Giants: Manning vs. Smith, Harbaugh vs. Coughlin, Who's Got the Edge?

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49ers-Giants: Manning vs. Smith, Harbaugh vs. Coughlin, Who's Got the Edge?
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Back on New Year’s Day, everybody had it figured out.

AFC Championship: Patriots vs. Ravens. NFC Championship: Packers vs. Saints.

Well, we got half of it right.

The prevailing wisdom was that the overachieving 49ers, after all those years of frustration, would be happy just to be in a playoff game. They’d mail it in and go home early, satisfied to come back next year and build on their success.

And the Giants? We’d written them off after a midseason, four-game losing streak. Tom Coughlin was on the hot seat once again; his prospects for continued employment as bleak as his team's future.

Then both teams won four in a row at season's end. The Niners broke the Saints nine-game win streak in a game for the ages. The Giants decimated any hopes the Packers had of back-to-back Super Bowls.

And here we are. The Giants are talking smack. The Niners following the script the San Francisco Giants used in their unlikely march to a MLB championship in 2010. 

The Niners are installed as two-and-a-half point favorites, but let's face it. Either team has the firepower to walk away with a “W.”

Who has the edge? Who will win?

Let’s see how the teams match up in five key areas and see.

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