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Special teams are often overlooked as being a key to a team’s success, but that’s not the case in the Bay Area.
Entering the postseason, the 49ers offense was ranked No. 26 in the NFL, and the Niners have to compensate for their offensive shortcomings by tilting the field to their advantage.
The 49ers started drives in the opponent’s zone an amazing 37 times this season, which led the entire league. This is all attributed to an opportunistic defense that creates turnovers and a great returner in Ted Ginn.
On the other side, their kicking game must pin the Giants deep in their own zone. Head coach Tom Coughlin wants his wide receivers to punish the 49ers defense for being too aggressive with blitzes by making plays in the open field.
The Giants have the perfect championship equation: a great pass rush + a big-play quarterback = trouble for any opponent.
The importance of field position is useless if the opposing team has a superior offense, but these two teams have equal talent, and good field position could be the difference in the game.