After coming off a huge win against the Green Bay Packers, keeping the intensity up on the Giants' sideline was already a tough enough task for Tom Coughlin to accomplish. Sure, it’s the playoffs, but the G-Men did exactly what they needed to do in order to make their way back to the Super Bowl, with an even bigger 20-17 win over the Niners.
Coughlin and Co. were able to put up major yardage against a usually stingy San Francisco defense, tallying over 350 yards of total offense. The Giants went straight at the Niners’ linebackers and gathered 90 yards on 26 rushes against the NFL’s top rush defense, who only gave up an average of 77 yards a game during the regular season.
The Giants defense was also able to hold off any potential for a San Francisco offensive attack led by quarterback Alex Smith. New York let Frank Gore and the Niners’ run game go off for 150 yards, but with the exception of a few long plays, they shut down the aerial assault.
The fact that Coughlin was able to do these things against the Niners defense can only give them some confidence heading into their matchup with the New England Patriots.