Giants' O-line was Key to Victory Against 49ers: Fan's Take

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You won't find their names in the box score, but the stars of the New York Giants' 26-3 thrashing of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 14 were the members of the team's offensive line.

So let's give it up to Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe, David Baas, Chris Snee and Sean Locklear, who was filling in for an injured David Diehl. They controlled the line of scrimmage, protected Eli Manning (no sacks) and paved the way for Ahmad Bradshaw to rush for 116 yards and a touchdown. It was the first time that San Francisco allowed a 100-yard rusher in its last 23 home games.

It was old-school Giants football.

"We controlled the line of scrimmage," an unscathed Manning told NBC in a post-game interview. "We protected up front and ran the ball well again. That's what we need to do - it slows down that pass rush when you can fire off and run the ball well."

The turnaround in the trenches has been remarkable. In the first four games of the season, the Giants, rushed for a total of 358 yards. In the last two games, the Giants' hogs have cleared the way for Big Blue to rush for a total of 392 yards. Moreover, in those two games, they haven't allowed a sack of Manning, who by contrast was beat up by the 49ers in last year's title game to the tune of six sacks and 12 hits.

It's scary to think what the Giants can do with a decent running game. They ranked last in the NFL in rushing in 2011 and still had the ninth-best offense in the league. If the offensive line can give Manning options and time to throw, the G-Men are going to be nearly impossible to stop.

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 Giants fans on twitter @PegCitySports.

Sources

Pro-Football-Reference.com.

The Official Site of the New York Giants.

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