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Giants vs. 49ers: Final Report Card, Player Grades for New York

Steven GoldsteinContributor IJanuary 5, 2015

Giants vs. 49ers: Final Report Card, Player Grades for New York

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    In what was dubbed as "America's game of the week," the New York Giants didn't allow a single sack, ran for 151 yards and scored 26 unanswered points, topping the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

    The Giants improve to 4-2 behind a signature road win. Wideout Victor Cruz came down with a 6-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter, while halfback Ahmad Bradshaw added a 1-yard scoring scamper in the third.

    Check out postgame analysis and positional report card grades for the G-Men.

Quarterbacks

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    Eli Manning: B+

    Manning was efficent Sunday, churning out an 87.4 quarterback rating without committing a turnover.

    Eli came alive in the second quarter, where he topped 100 yards and hit Victor Cruz for his lone touchdown of the afternoon. Manning thrived with a clean pocket, but struggled with overthrows and misreads in the red-zone.

    It wasn't an overwhelming performance from the reigning Super Bowl MVP, but it certainly got the job done.

Running Backs

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    Ahmad Bradshaw: A+

    Bradshaw became the first tailback to top 100 yards against San Francisco this season, finishing the day with 116 yards on a 4.3 YPC average.

    Bradshaw showed serious muscle on his goal-line touchdown chug, and really paced the Giants offense for the second week in a row.

    Henry Hynoski: A

    Hynoski continues to enjoy a successful 2012, opening holes and remaining physical Sunday. He and TE Bear Pascoe have been the unsung heroes of New York's run blocking efforts.

    David Wilson: A

    Wilson took 7 carries for 35 yards, including a speedy 20-yard jolt in the fourth. The Giants' running game looked on-point in this one.

Wide Receivers

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    Victor Cruz: A

    Cruz busted out the salsa again Sunday, continuing to reprise his breakout 2011 with a team-high six grabs for 58 yards.

    While the vertical aspect remains absent, Cruz has stayed consistent and continues to play at a high level in light of a hobbled Hakeem Nicks.

    Domenik Hixon: A

    You can't say enough about this guy.

    Hixon made a 14-yard circus catch in the second quarter, and lead the Giants with 78 receiving yards. He's the clear-cut No. 3 wideout here.

    Hakeem Nicks: B-

    Nicks didn't do much Sunday, but fans should have approached his first game in four weeks with tempered expectations. He finished with just three catches, but a full week of recovery and practice will have Nicks set for a big week 7.

Tight Ends

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    Bear Pascoe: A-

    Pascoe opened up holes on the edge, and continues to be a reliable run blocker.

    Martellus Bennett: D

    Bennett's just about fallen off the face of the football world, starting the season with three touchdowns in three games before falling silent the past three weeks. He was targeted just twice Sunday, coming away with one catch for 9 yards.

    Clearly, the Giants are able to establish a mid-level presence without Bennett, but his lack of production the past three games is still worrisome.

Offensive Line

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    Will Beatty: A+

    Beatty dominated the edge Sunday, not allowing a sack to formidable DE Justin Smith. Beatty's left side was Bradshaw's bread and butter.

    Kevin Boothe: A+

    Boothe, like Beatty, didn't allow a sack Sunday.

    Chris Snee: A

    The right side wasn't quite as strong Sunday, but Snee continues to provide veteran leadership on a vastly improving line.

    Sean Locklear: A

    Locklear allowed a few hurries on Manning, but you certainly can't complain here.

    David Baas: A

    The interior running game wasn't eye-popping, but Baas held his ground in his Bay area return.

Defensive Line

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    Jason Pierre-Paul: A+

    "J.P.P." and the Giants' pass rush is back.

    The G-Men sacked Alex Smith six times, with Pierre-Paul responsible for two of them. He added a pass deflection on the game's first drive, and an additional quarterback hit. Pierre-Paul continues to sniff out the flat with DE Osi Umenyiora.

    Linvall Joseph: A+

    Joseph continues to clog the middle, making Giants fans forget about a shelved Chris Canty. Joseph finished with a sack and four total tackles.

    Adrian Tracy: A

    Tracy mimicked Pierre-Paul a bit Sunday, spending a bit of time on the interior and working in run defense. He notched a fourth quarter sack and had four total tackles.

    Osi Umenyiora: B-

    Osi was a little quiet Sunday, finishing with just one tackle. He was split out in pass coverage on a few occasions, and did come away with a QB hit.

    Justin Tuck: D

    Tuck's stat line reads blank after Sunday, and through week 6, he's yet to record a sack. For a perennial Pro Bowler and defensive captain, Tuck's sluggish start is certainly cause for concern.

Linebackers

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    Michael Boley: A

    Boley spent time blanketing standout TE Vernon Davis, and finished tied for the team lead in tackles with six.

    Mathias Kiwanuka: A

    It's been a quiet 2012 for "Kiwi," but the pass rushing linebacker came up big Sunday with two tackles and a sack. Kiwanuka continues to be toyed with in Perry Fewell's NASCAR package.

    Jacquian Williams: A

    Williams was flagged for a holding call on special teams, but reached the pocket on a few blitzes and ended up with one of New York's six sacks.

    Chase Blackburn: A-

    Blackburn continues to struggle with over-pursuit, and was beat on a few runs in the first half. But, he ended the afternoon with five tackles and a strong second half.

Defensive Backs

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    Antrel Rolle: A+

    Rolle has received harsh criticism in weeks past, but the emulous safety emerged as the star of the Giants' defense Sunday. Two interceptions, lock-down play on Vernon Davis and six total tackles gives him an A+ here.

    Rolle was beat by Randy Moss in the first for a 20-yard gain over the top, but you can't take anything away from his big game.

    Prince Amukamara: A+

    Amukamara intercepted Alex Smith, and came away with three more pass deflections. He allowed catches to former Giant Mario Manningham and wideout Kyle Williams, but had the game of his career Sunday.

    Corey Webster: A

    Webster jumped Michael Crabtree all afternoon, and flustered Alex Smith into his first pick. This was an inspiring outing from one the defense's biggest underperformers.

    Stevie Brown: A-

    Brown was busy in blitzing, and finished with four tackles.

    Jayron Hosley: A-

    Hosley spent some time lined up in the nickel, and fared well. He did allow a catch to Kyle Williams, however.

Special Teams

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    David Wilson: A+

    While Wilson has yet to return a kickoff for a touchdown this year, he's come awfully close a handful of times.

    Wilson busted a 66-yarder in the second quarter, pushing all momentum to New York. The Giants won the field position battle in this one.

    Steve Weatherford: A

    Weatherford continues to boast a strong leg, and averaged nearly 50 yards a kick Sunday. He maxed out at 59 yards.

    Lawrence Tynes: A-

    Tynes drilled four field goals, but was blocked on a 40-yard attempt. Still, his kickoffs sailed deep into the endzone, and a busy Tynes has missed just two field goals all season.

    Rueben Randle: D

    You can't peg much on him here, but Randle took two punt returns for a paltry two yards.

Coaching

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    Overall Game Grade: A+

    Coughlin and Co. executed their game plan to perfection, developing a pass-heavy first half and a run-heavy second half. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell dialed up the blitz all afternoon, and the Giants came through with a huge upset win.

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