All eyes will be on the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 14 (4:25 p.m. on FOX) as they square off at Candlestick Park in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship. But what key players on the Giants should we all be watching? Here are my five choices.
Chase Blackburn (LB) -- The always-in-motion Blackburn may be the most unsung player on the Giants. He has 26 tackles, two sacks and an interception this season. Watch for him to make a big play on special teams and contribute against the 49ers top-ranked rushing game.
David Wilson (RB) -- Wilson may not get many touches on Sunday, but all he needs is one to change the game. Remember, he nearly took a couple of kick offs to the house against the Philadelphia Eagles in week four and broke off a 40-yard touchdown run last week against the Cleveland Browns.
Keith Rivers (LB) -- Rivers returns to the lineup just in time for Big Blue. The speedy linebacker's coverage skills will be key against San Fran's explosive tight end Vernon Davis, who has 303 yards receiving and a team-leading four touchdowns. Plus, he'll help contain running back Frank Gore.
Victor Cruz (WR) -- Cruz, who leads New York in catches, yards and touchdowns, is going to be key on third downs and in the red zone with the 49ers so stingy against the run. In last year's NFC title game, Cruz caught 10 balls for 142 yards. The Giants need a similar game from him on Sunday.
Eli Manning (QB) -- Normally, I try to avoid featuring the obvious players, but this game rides on Manning. I hate to say it, but the Giants don't win on Sunday unless he throws for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns -- the good news is that he did just that twice last season against San Francisco.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back fellow Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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