The New York Giants (3-6) try to snap their four-game losing streak sunday at MetLife Stadium when they host the 5-4 San Francisco 49ers. Here is complete viewing, listening and betting guide to the game.
Game time: 1 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Radio: Giants Radio Network, 660 AM and 101.9 FM (Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross) | Giants Radio Network Local Affiliates | Giants Spanish Radio, WADO 1280 AM (Nestor Rosario, Francis Adames) | ESPN Radio, Marc Kestecher, Bill Polian, Ian Fitzsimmons | SIRIUS, 125 (SF); 133 (NYG) | XM: 227 (NYG)
Odds: Giants are 4.5-point underdogs | Jesse's Pick: 49ers
Online Streaming: Game Rewind | Audio Pass
Injuries: GIANTS -- OUT: LB Jacquian Williams (concussion), RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf; PROBABLE -- S Nat Berhe (ankle), TE Daniel Fells (neck), RB Rashad Jennings (knee), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) | 49ers -- OUT: S Jimmie Ward (foot), DT Ian Williams (fibula); QUESTIONABLE -- CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR/KR Bruce Ellington (ankle), LB Dan Skuta (ankle); PROBABLE -- LB Chris Borland (sholder), RB Frank Gore (hip), DE Ray McDonald (knee), S Eric Reid (ankle), DE Justin Smith (not injury-related).
What It Means
For the Giants it certainly has nothing left to do with making the playoffs. At 3-6, that ship has almost certainly sailed. It has everything to do with showing that they are making progress. It has everything to do with redemption after four straight horrible games defensively, including last week's 510-yard meltdown, including 350 rushing yards allowed, vs. the Seattle Seahawks. It has everything to do with finally showing that they have figured out how to beat a winning team with its starting quarterback. They are 0-6 against winning teams this season. It might have a lot to do with who ends up coaching the Giants next season. You can bet John Mara will be gauging the mood of the fan base, how full MetLife is and, should the Giants lose, how long those in attendance stick around.
The game will mark the 2014 season debut of 49ers pass rush specialist Aldon Smith, suspended by the league for the first nine games of the season.
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell probably didn't mean to, but he did guarantee a Giants' victory on Sunday:
"We're competitors, man. You play the game to win. You play the game because you love the game. You play the game to compete. We're going to come and we're going to compete and we're going to get us a victory on Sunday."
Here is some bad news for the Giants, who are already 0-6 this season against teams with winning records. Since Jim Harbaugh became the head coach in 2011, the 49ers are 20-9 on the road, a .690 winning percentage that is the NFL's best over that span. That includes a 4-0 mark in games with a kickoff at 1 p.m. Eastern time, when Sunday's game will start.
The fact that running back Rashad Jennings is playing for the Giants for the first time since suffering an MCL sprain Week 5 is good news. Andre Williams has 114 rushing attempts this season, including four touchdowns of three or less yards. Of his other 110 carries, 75 (68.2 percent) have gained less than four yards. Of Jennings 91 rushing attempts, 47 have gained less than four yards (51.6 percent).
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