For the third time in 11 months, the Niners will play host to Big Blue at Candlestick Park. In the two games prior, the 49ers and Giants are even at one game apiece, though New York won the more critical game.
As two title contenders this year, this is once again a budding rivalry in the highly competitive NFC conference. The particular matchup between these teams will continue to be physical and hard-fought.
Moreover, the 49ers have a few players that would love a shot at the Giants. While you could say the entire Niners roster has a score to settle, players like Alex Smith, Kyle Williams, Carlos Rogers, Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs each have their own motivations for wanting a piece of New York.
Out of that sample of players, Jacobs is the lone player that is yet to be active this year.
After signing with San Francisco in the offseason, the running back sustained a knee injury in an exhibition match with the Houston Texans. The injury rendered him inactive for the first five weeks of the regular season, even though he could have possibly played in Week 5 versus Buffalo.
Jacobs is healthy, has been practicing and is absolutely chomping at the bit for live game action.
And given how things ended between him and the Giants—ultimately resulting in him signing with the team’s cross-country rival—one could only imagine how badly Jacobs desires a shot at his former team.
For this game in particular, Jacobs’ emotion would align perfectly with his aggressive, powerful running style. The passion he will have going into this game will only fuel his over-the-top physical and chaotic approach to the game.
Jacobs will fight hard for inches, and for the 49ers, this will be a game of inches. He's going to look for Giants players to run through, which will provide a spark for an already physical 49ers team.
The 49ers couldn’t have planned this better; it’s like the perfect storm. Jacobs has been isolated, healing from injury and just waiting to come back. Folks thought he was able to go last week, but the team decided to keep him inactive.
Jacobs debuting for the Niners against his old team is a recipe for success.