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San Francisco 49ers Week 10: 5 Keys to Victory for Niners over NY Giants
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Harbaugh has been the catalyst in Alex Smith's improvement.

When the San Francisco 49ers announced Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach, I was filled with mixed emotions. Was he ready to take his coaching career to the next level? Would he be just another fading memoir of another lackluster tenure that would end in his humbling return to the college ranks? Or was he the answer to getting this talented team the inspiration they needed to reach their full potential?

So far he's been the answer, and players and fans alike are fired up this season. Statistically the 49ers have week in and week out proven to be a stingy defense, giving up a league best of 14.8 points per game against top offenses like Philadelphia, Detroit and Tampa Bay.

Week 10 offers no less of a threat when the New York Giants come to town with their sixth-ranked offense. But more importantly is New York's defense and unrelenting pass rush who registered two sacks and two interceptions against New England and boast a league-best 28 sacks for the season.

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