Giants Topple Niners

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IOctober 19, 2008

The New York Giants defeated the San Francisco Forty Niners on Sunday afternoon by a score of 29-17.

New York began their offensive attack in the first quarter. Running Back Brandon Jacobs ran for a 26 yard touchdown, and the Giants took a 7-0 lead.

The Niners answered back with a field goal from 40 yards out from Joe Nedney, and the Giants led 7-3 after one quarter.

Jacobs would score again in the second quarter, this time a two-yard run, giving the Giants a 14-3 edge.

Later in the quarter, San Francisco came back with a score. Niners quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan threw a 30-yard pass to wide-out Josh Morgan, and the Niners then trailed 14-10.

The Giants would distance themselves a bit with a 21-yard field goal from kicker John Carney, giving themselves a 17-10 lead at halftime.

Giants' quarterback Eli Manning got his team off right in the third quarter, as he tossed a six-yard pass to wide receiver Plaxico Burress, giving the G-Men a 24-10 lead.

Later in the quarter, the Forty Niners were able to block Carney's field goal, and Nate Clements recovered the ball and ran it 74 yards for a touchdown, rendering the score 24-17.

The Giants wrapped up the fourth quarter with a field goal from Carney from 48 yards out, and Justin Tuck forced O'Sullivan to a fumble in the Niners' end zone for a safety, giving the Giants a 29-17 lead they would not relinquish.

Manning had a decent game in terms of passing, as he completed 16 out of 31 passes, threw 161 yards good for one touchdown, and no interceptions.

O'Sullivan went 16 for 28, tossed for 256 yards in the air, threw one touchdown, and two picks.

Brandon Jacobs led the game in rushing, as he had 69 yards on 17 carries, his longest being 26 yards.

Derrick Ward led the game in receiving, catching three passes for 50 yards, his longest being a 35-yard reception.

The Giants' defense also put up good numbers today as Tuck and Chase Blackburn had a combined three forced fumbles.

On another note, free safety Michael Johnson made his first career interception in the second quarter, and picked off O'Sullivan a second time later in the period.

The Giants now own a 5-1 record while the Forty Niners are now 2-5.

Next Sunday, Oct. 26 at 4:15 p.m. ET, the Giants will play Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in Pittsburgh.