Blueprint for Potent Giants Offense to Tear Apart Tough 49ers Defense

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have a complex offensive blueprint to defeat the San Francisco 49ers' grueling defense this Sunday.

Throw the football.

All jokes aside, New York's passing offense was dominant against the Niners defense in both meetings during the Giants' 2011 Super Bowl run.

A Week 10 meeting at Candlestick Park saw Eli Manning and his receiving corps find plenty of open space, as Manning threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, including six receptions and 84 yards for Victor Cruz.

Hakeem Nicks made the most of his two receptions, going for 41 yards and a touchdown in a 27-20 losing battle against San Francisco.

Nicks—who has missed the last three games due to knee and ankle injuries—apparently hinted to teammate Ahmad Bradshaw that the wideout would play for the G-Men on Sunday in San Francisco, according to Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger.

Nicks and the Giants passing game were dominant again in the NFC Championship Game last season, with Nicks catching five passes for 55 yards and Manning again eclipsing the 300-yard mark with two touchdowns.

Cruz was Manning's biggest target in that NFC championship, snatching 10 balls for 142 yards in a 20-17 victory that sent the Giants to the Super Bowl.

Given Manning's success against the 49ers last season (300-plus yards and two touchdowns in both games), New York has a certain swagger entering this game.

This is essentially the same offensive vs. defensive matchup from 2011, and the G-Men were able to find success through the air without the help of a running game. In each of the meetings last season, the Giants failed to rush for 100 yards or score a touchdown.

This time, Bradshaw is coming off a career game against the Cleveland Browns and rookie David Wilson has confidence after scoring his first NFL touchdown.

In no way, shape, or form am I comparing the Browns to the 49ers, but New York definitely has a mental edge entering this Week 6 matchup.

The key for the Giants will be to try to establish the ground game early, which will open up the passing game. Cruz and Nicks already proved last season what they can do against the Niners defense, and the addition of Martellus Bennett has done wonders for Manning and the Giants offense.

The 49ers defense has allowed big days to Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford so far this season—quarterbacks Manning has proven he can hang with.

If the Giants mirror what they did on offense in 2011, they shouldn't have any trouble finding their rhythm this Sunday in San Francisco.

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