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49ers vs Giants: The Re-Match! A Look at the Numbers

The San Francisco 49ers look ahead to a rematch with the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants on Sunday.  The 49ers will be looking for revenge after last seasons heart breaking loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game.  The 49ers have outscored their opponetts 79-3 since being upset in Minnesota.  They set a franchise-record with 621 yards, and became the first team to tally over 300 yards both rushing and receiving in a game in NFL history.

Alex Smith is also the leagues highest rated passer with a 108.7 passer rating (entering Monday). The 49ers’ offense ranks sixth overall at 401.2 yards per game. They boast the league-leading rushing attack is averaging 195.8 yards per game, and it ranks first in 6.1 yards per play. Their eight rushing touchdowns are tied for third-most in the league. The 49ers have the league’s second-best defense in terms of yards per game, at 262.6.

Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and how they compare to the Giants.
Offense

Points/Game
Giants – 30.4
49ers – 29.8

Yards/Game
Giants – 429.2
49ers – 401.2

Yards/Play
Giants – 6.5
49ers – 6.4

1st Downs/Game
Giants – 24
49ers – 24

3rd down %
Giants – 40%
49ers – 40%

Defense

Points Allowed/Game
49ers – 13.6
Giants – 22.2

Yards Allowed/Game
49ers – 262.6
Giants – 372.8

Yards Allowed/Play
49ers – 4.5
Giants – 6.5

Those are some impressive numbers, by both teams. The difference, the 4-1 49ers have a much better defense. And unlike last seasons matchup, they have several offensive weapons. Both Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree had over 100 yards receiving against the Bills on Sunday. Mario Manningham is starting to click with Alex Smith, Kyle Williams was one of three wide receivers to have a touchdown catch (Crabtree, Manningham), remember, the Niners only had one reception for a few yards by all their WRs combined in the NFCCG against the Giants last season.

The defense continues to be great and it’s hard to argue that this team is a lot better than last years version, which oh by the way went 13-3 and were a couple of Kyle Williams special team blunders away from a Super Bowl appearance.

Another big difference between this years team and last year is the command of the offense this year.  Smith is a lot more comfortable and there isn’t any hesitation from him and the offense is moving along a lot smoother.  They are able to take advantage of their weapons and take chances down field when the defense leaves it open.

The comfort level on offense has allowed head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman to open things up and utilize more wrinkles in the offense than last year.  The Colin Kaepernick packages with him as a QB and WR have given teams fits so far this season.  The constant movement among the personnel group at WR, RB, TE and even QB is giving teams a lot to think about when preparing to play the 49ers.

What a difference a year makes.

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