New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers: Live Score, Video and Analysis
In Week 10, the 6-2 New York Giants will travel to San Francisco to face the 7-1 49ers. Both teams are obviously enjoying success this year, so this should be a very interesting matchup between two teams that want to keep their good fortune going.
The Giants suffered several key injuries at the beginning of the year, particularly on defense, and are still suffering with an injury bug, with receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham listed as questionable, and running back Ahmad Bradshaw ruled out.
Despite the rash of injuries, the makeup of this Giants team is not too much different from the teams that acquired a 10-6 record but still missed the playoffs. This year, the Giants are currently poised to return to the playoffs. However, a brutal schedule down the stretch could prove to be difficult them, as they face the 49ers, Saints, Packers, Eagles, and Cowboys twice, making it clear that it will not be easy for this Giants team.
In San Francisco, head coach Jim Harbaugh has changed the culture of the 49ers, who, after nearly a decade of missing the playoffs, hold a five-game lead in their division and have lost only one game this season, to the Cowboys in overtime all the way back in Week 2.
At this point, both the Giants and 49ers are leading the division, so a showdown between these two teams is sure to be not only a good game, but a critical game for both as they fight to continue to stay atop the division and in the thick of the playoff race.
Final Score: Giants 20, 49ers 27
Some closing thoughts on the 49ers win:
This was a great game to watch, and a great game to blog. Both teams played a great game, and despite the Giants loss, their play today proved that they are formidable foes in the NFC.
In the end, though, the 49ers improve to 8-1, and will face the Arizona Cardinals next week, which could be an interesting game, as the Cardinals are riding on a two-game winning streak and an upset over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants, now 6-3, will face the Eagles next week, which could give them an opportunity to rebound after this difficult loss, as the Eagles are coming off a rough win against the Cardinals, and now stand at 3-6.
I hope everyone enjoyed the game; I certainly did, and I look forward to seeing how things play out for both of these teams, who both continue to stay atop their division.
And finally, the 49ers stop the Giants on 4th down, and the 49ers take over, essentially ending the game.
D.J. Ware is stuffed at the line, and the Giants face 4th down for the third time on this drive.
With 50 seconds to go, the Giants have one last chance...
After the two-minute warning, the Giants pick up right where they left off,with D.J. Ware catching another pass, and running it into the redzone.
The clock is ticking, and the Giants continue to drive. Victor Cruz just caught another pass, that one for eight yards, and the Giants are at the 10 yard line.
..And make it. The Giants are now 2/2 on 4th down conversions on this drive.
Another stop by San Francisco brings up 4th down, and the Giants go for it again...
The call was upheld, and the Giants will continue to drive.
A solid stop by San Francisco but a dropped pass by Mario Manningham brings up 3rd down for the Giants.
A very risky call by Tom Coughlin works in his favor as Eli Manning makes a big-time throw to move the chains. The Giants are now past midfield, and are continuing to drive...
But Jim Harbaugh has just thrown the challenge flag.
The Giants look as though they were going to go for it, but the 49ers called a timeout.
If the Giants decide to stick with going for it, this is a very risky call, as the 49ers could easily kick a field goal if they get the ball back.
4th down and 6, a huge play coming...
After two big-time tackles for losses by Patrick Willis, the Giants face fourth down with about four minutes left to play. Let's see what they decide to do...
One thing going for the Giants: they have Eli Manning and Victor Cruz, both of which have been great in the fourth quarter this year.
So far, the Giants appear to be driving efficiently so far as they reach midfield.
The 49ers have a weak three and out, and the Giants get the ball back with about 6 and a half minutes to go.
Another possible momentum shift in this game, as the 49ers appeared to have all the momentum on their side before Manning and the Giants responded with a score, and then the defense made a key stop to give them the ball back., Let's see what happens on this drive.
A well-executed drive by the Giants put them back in this game, as the drive culminates in a 32-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks.
The pass to Nicks was beautifully thrown, and all of a sudden, we have a game again, as the 49ers lead 27-20 with about 9 minutes left to play.
The Giants get the ball back, and have the chance to cut the lead to one touchdown.
The events of the past few minutes have been stunning; the Giants were in the driver's seat and had limited the 49ers to four field goals, but two back-to-back touchdowns, with the help of an Eli Manning interception, has flipped this game, and the Giants right now have some major work to do to get back into this game. 12 minutes left to play.
And just as I finish writing this, the Giants' drive is abruptly cut short when Eli Manning threw his second interception, again to Carlos Rogers, who is having a fantastic year, recording his sixth interception on the year.
And seconds later, Kendall Hunter runs in for the score.
In a matter of just a few minutes, the game has completely flipped, and the 49ers have a two-score lead.
Alot of energy on the 49ers sideline as the 49ers are able to pin the Giants inside the 10 on the kick return.
The crowd is loud, the team is excited, and the 49ers have a lead while the Giants are about to embark on a difficult drive.
After a bad penalty by the Giants and a couple solid runs by Hunter (who is now the starting runningback, as it appears Frank Gore is out with an injury), the 49ers found themselves in field goal range.
But the 49ers finally cashed in their good field position, as Alex Smith finally went for a big play, and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis.
Moments later, Michael Crabtree got into the endzone for the two-point conversion, and all of a sudden, the 49ers have the 20-13 lead.
There were no punts in the first half, but in the third quarter, there have been four as the Giants are stopped on third down, giving the Niners the ball again.
The third quarter is winding down, with the Giants holding a 13-12 advantage. But with the fourth quarter starting, and the 49ers having the ball, anything could happen as we reach the final period of the game.
The 49ers are stopped once again by the Giants, and the Giants get the ball back again. This game has been back and fourth, with the Giants taking an early lead, but nine straight points and an onside kick giving the Niners a lead, until just a few minutes ago, when Eli Manning and Mario Manningham hooked up on the first touchdown of the game.
The call is confirmed to be a touchdown, and the Giants are up, 13-12, with 2:25 left in the third quarter.
Great game so far; should be a very fun finish.
The field-goal fest is officially over, as the Giants finally score a touchdown in the redzone after Eli Manning throws a great touchdown pass to Mario Manningham in the endzone.
The Giants may have a 13-12 lead, but a challenge by San Francisco may overturn the score. Stay tuned.
As the Giants face third and seven, the young receiver Victor Cruz continues to impress with a big catch that put the Giants in 49ers territory, perhaps giving them a little momentum.
On the next play, Manning tried to go deep again, but it was almost intercepted.
The injury didn't appear too serious, and on the next play, the 49ers fail to convert on third down, and are forced to punt for the first time in this game. The Giants still have a chance to take the lead, or score another field goal, when the game returns.
The play stood as called, so the Giants wasted a challenge and a timeout that they may need later in the game.
49ers have the ball, and Delaney Walker is now getting looked after a possible injury.
The Giants have thrown the challenge flag on the punt return. Turns out Ginn may have muffed the punt. The refs are reviewing it, and we'll see what the call is in a bit.
If Ginn indeed muff the punt, this is his second major mistake in this game so far. So far, Ginn has been a far cry from the player that Miami thought they were getting when they originally drafted him.
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