New York Giants fans know the drill: Sometimes they struggle against mediocre teams and play up to par against better teams ... and sometimes they just struggle.
The Giants didn't struggle at all this past Sunday when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 26-3, at Candlestick Park. This was their first meeting in the Bay Area since the NFC Championship Game and the 49ers were hoping for some revenge. Instead, the Giants just reminded them why they have the Super Bowl XLVI rings.
The Giants were completely dominant in all aspects: offense, defense, and special teams. The special teams made only one error, when Bear Pascoe missed his block causing one of Lawrence Tynes' field goals to get blocked. That didn't turn out to matter in the end. The rookie David Wilson had another good day returning kickoffs. He opened the second half with an exploding 66-yard kickoff return to put the Giants into position to score a 1-yard Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown.
Speaking of Bradshaw, he had another solid outing running for 116 yards on 27 carries, his longest run for 23 yards. Bradshaw is just the second player to score a rushing touchdown against the 49ers this season, and is also the second running back in 44 games to have 100 rushing yards against them. Wilson also had seven carries for 35 yards.
The Giants' offensive line also looked very dominating throughout the entire game. Eli Manning was not sacked once and the rushing for Bradshaw came a lot easier thanks to some great blocking by Will Beatty, Henry Hynoski, David Baas, Martellus Bennett, Sean Locklear, Kevin Boothe, Chris Snee, Pascoe and yes, David Diehl.
Manning was 15-for-28 with 193 yards and a touchdown to end the day. Thanks to a solid offensive line he was able to move in the pocket and find time to throw to his targets Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon.
As great as the offense excelled, it was the defense that shined in this rematch.
The Giants sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith six times, Jason Pierre-Paul accounting for two of them. Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck were even able to get to the quarterback on Sunday after a disappointing first few weeks. Linval Joseph, Adrian Tracy, and Mathias Kiwanuka also had sacks.
The secondary also had a very powerful day picking off Smith three times. Prince Amukamara nabbed his first interception of the season. He also recorded three passes defended and six tackles. The Giants were looking for the game where their 2011 first-rounder would stand out, and he shined on Sunday.
Antrel Rolle also joined the turnover party picking off Smith the other two times for 42 yards. Rolle also made six tackles on Sunday and the Giants were able to get two field goals in result of Rolle's interceptions.
The Giants may struggle some weeks and make games either exciting or heart-wrenching, but it's nice to see what they did this past Sunday. This is the kind of the football the Giants should be playing every week.
The Giants play the Washington Redskins next Sunday at 1 p.m. hoping to get their first division win of the season.
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