Giants vs. 49ers, NFC Championship: Tale of the Tape

New York Giants (11-7) vs. San Francisco 49ers (14-3)

Candlestick Park

Kickoff: Sunday, January 22 at 3:30 PM PST

TV: FOX

Weather: 55°F (70% chance of rain)

 

The Opening Line: 49ers favored (finally!) by 2 ½ points

Series Record: Overall, tied 14-14.  Playoffs, 49ers led 4-3.

Last meeting: November 13, 2011, 49ers won 27-20.   Who can forget Justin Smith’s deflection of Eli Manning’s pass with 34 seconds left in the game to secure the 49ers eighth win of the season?  Smith and the 49ers defense stopped Manning from making another fourth quarter comeback.

Compelling Stats:

In the last two games the 49ers have scored over 30 points against the Saints and Rams.  Before week 17 of the season, the 49ers only scored 30 or more points against the Seahawks (week 1) and Buccaneers (week 5).

The 49ers have committed only one turnover since week 12, the loss to the Ravens.

The Giants started the season 7-7 but have won the last four games to advance to the NFC Championship game.  The Giants outscored their opponents 121-50 in the four-game winning streak.

The Giants four wins were over the Jets, Cowboys, Falcons and Packers, and ended either their playoff hopes or eliminated them from the playoffs.

 

GIANTS OFFENSE vs. 49ERS DEFENSE (Regular season stats):

Giants Offense (Rank): Overall (8), Passing game (5), Rushing game (32)

Averages Per Game

Total Offense: 385.1 yards

Passing: 295.9 yards

Rushing: 89.2 yards

Points: 24.6 (9th)

Compelling Stats:

Eli Manning passed for over 4,000 for the third season in a row and finished 67 yards short of 5,000 yards.

In two postseason games Eli Manning has completed 44-of-65 passes for 607 yards, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception.

In their past four games, the Giants have had touchdown passes of 99, 74, 72, 27, 66 and 37 yards.

The Giants were last in the NFL in rushing during the regular season.  However in the last four games the team has averaged 122 rushing yards per game compared to averaging 86 yards per game in the first 14 games.

Giants’ running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have combined for 240 rushing yards, 1 touchdown and averaged almost 5 yards per carry in two playoff games.

Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers.

 

49ers Defense (Rank): Overall (4), Pass (16), Rush (1)

Averages Per Game

Total Defense: 308.2 yards

Passing: 230.9 yards

Rushing: 77.2 yards

Points: 14.3 (2nd)

Compelling Stats:

Saints running back Pierre Thomas was the seventh player the 49ers defense has knocked out of a game this season.

Drew Brees passed for touchdowns of 66- and 44-yards last week.  The 49ers defense have given up 12 passing plays of 40-yards or more ranking them fifth worst in the league.

49ers forced 5 turnovers against the Saints last week.

 

GIANTS DEFENSE vs. 49ERS OFFENSE (Regular season stats):

Giants Defense (Rank): Overall (27), Pass (29), Rush (19)

Averages Per Game

Total Defense: 376.4 yards

Passing: 255.1 yards

Rushing: 121.2 yards

Points: 25.0 (25th)

Compelling Stats:

Giants LB Michael Boley had nine tackles and two sacks on Aaron Rodgers last week.  Boley covers tight ends and he missed the second half of the Giants-49ers game in week 10.  In the game Vernon Davis had a 31-yard touchdown and Delaine Walker had a season high 4 receptions for 40 yards with Boley not in the game.

The Giants D held Aaron Rodgers to just 264 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and sacked him 4 times.  Rodgers was the Packers’ leading rusher with 66 yards on 7 carries.

The Giants D recovered 3 fumbles by the Packers.

During their four-game winning streak the defense has given up an average of 12.5 points per game.

 

49ers Offense (Rank): Overall (26), Passing game (29), Rushing game (8)

Averages Per Game

Total Offense: 310.9 yards

Passing: 183.1 yards

Rushing: 127.8 yards

Points: 23.8 (11th)

Compelling Stats:

The offensive line has given up 20 sacks in three defeats and 28 in 14 victories this season.

Frank Gore only had 6 carries for zero yards in the week 10 matchup between the Giants and 49ers before he left with an injury.  Gore leaving the game made the 49ers offense go more conservative and yet still won the game by a touchdown.

The 49ers became the first team in playoff history to score two lead-changing touchdowns in the final three minutes of the game to advance to the NFC Championship game.

 

 

Topics: 49ers Preview, Giants Preview, Giants Vs. 49ers, New York Giants, NFC Championship, NFC Championship: Tale Of The Tape, NFL Playoffs, San Francisco 49ers

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