Week 10 results: Defeated the New York Giants 27-20
If you had told me that Frank Gore would finish the game with zero yards on six rushes, I would have said a very good New York Giants team would kill the San Francisco 49ers. Well, that is what his stat line looked like—but the outcome of the game was entirely different.
In the 49ers' first home game that had a playoff atmosphere in nearly a decade, and this team came to play. It was a great game between two really talented football teams, but San Francisco executed when it counted.
Alex Smith completed passes that I have never seen from him. The former first overall pick lived up to the hype of the game and led the 49ers to a stirring victory in front of a loud home crowd. San Francisco's offensive line did a great job protecting him, and the results were great.
Defensively, the 49ers bent but did not break. They held New York to two field goals in the first half, which was huge considering that seven points on either occasion would have hurt San Francisco big time.
Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, the best linebacker tandem in the NFL, combined for 25 tackles. Carlos Rogers had two huge interceptions, which may have cemented his spot in the Pro Bowl.
If anyone was wondering if the San Francisco 49ers were for real, they need not wonder anymore. They are clearly the second-best team in the NFL and proved that yesterday.
The postseason ramifications were also pretty damn big in this game, as they practically took a three-game lead over the Giants for the No. 2 seed and kept pace with the Green Bay Packers for a shot at home field throughout.
It was a team-defining victory.