There was no doubt about it, no way around it. The New York Giants beat up the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, 26-3, on Sunday, October 14 in a rematch of last year's thrilling NFC title game. Here's a review of how Big Blue dominated the Niners in the team's glowing report card for week six.
Offense -- Eli Manning, who threw for 193 yards on 15-for-28 passing, tossed a six-yard touchdown to Victor Cruz early in the second quarter to give New York a 7-3 lead. It was more than enough. Manning didn't need to be great because the stars of the game were the members of the offensive line. They didn't allow a sack and paved the way for Ahmad Bradshaw to rush for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Giants rushed for 149 yards in total. Basically, the offense was flawless (no turnovers) outside the red zone, but settled for three points a few times when it could have scored six. Grade: B+
Defense --Entering the game, the 49ers (4-2) had the league's top-ranked rushing offense and Alex Smith boasted the highest quarterback rating in the National Football League. Well, the Giants held San Francisco to 80 yards rushing and intercepted Smith three times (two by Antrel Rolle). San Francisco, which scored a combined 79 points in its previous two games, only managed a 42-yard field goal by David Akers late in the first quarter. There's nothing else to say. Grade: A+
Special Teams -- The kicking game was strong, as Lawrence Tynes made four out of five field goal attempts and Steve Weatherford dropped two of his four punts inside the 20. David Wilson busted one of his kick returns for 66 yards -- he's going to take one to the house one of these games. Furthermore, the special teams coverage kept Kyle Williams and the Ted Ginn, Jr. in check. Grade: B+
Coaching --The Giants (4-2) were prepared and focused for their biggest challenge of the year. Tom Coughlin played the underdog card earlier in the week, saying nobody expects the Giants to win, and you know he must have hammered that home leading up to the game. Give props to coordinators Kevin Gilbride (offense) and Perry Fewell (defense), as the Giants controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage and dictated the tempo of the game in a hostile environment. Grade: A
Next Marking Period -- The Giants host rookie sensation Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on Sunday, October 21 at MetLife Stadium (1:00 p.m. ET on FOX). The Giants lead the all-time series, 91-63-4, but Washington won both games against Big Blue last season.
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.
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