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Giants at 49ers 2017, Week 10: Will Sunday’s loser actually be the winner?

Yes, if you believe draft position is more important than winning

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It hasn’t quite come to this for Giants’ fans ... yet.
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The 1-7 New York Giants meet the 0-9 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The outcome will only matter in terms of position for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Should either team actually want to win? Personally, I’m never a fan of wanting your team to lose. The point of competing is to win. Obsess about draft position all you want, but the higher pick never guarantees you select the better player.

David Fucillo, editor of SB Nation’s 49ers web site, Niners Nation, seems to be fine with the “lose for the higher pick” fan philosophy.

“I am generally pretty comfortable with a potential 0-16 record. It would guarantee a top two pick, and I am willing to break a few eggs to get this omelette moving in the right direction. The 49ers' acquisition of Jimmy Garoppolo could give them considerable flexibility next year both in free agency and the draft. They could just go best non-QB available at No. 2 (or No. 1), or they could potentially deal the pick away for a ransom of picks,” he said.

“While wins are actually kind of fun, I can live with the loss. This is a lost season, so why not just go all out?”

Here are some numbers to know heading into Sunday’s game.


Those are the odds the Giants will win Super Bowl 52, per Bovada.

1 & 3

That is where the 49ers and Giants are in the 2018 NFL Draft order, respectively.


That is the per-carry average for running back Orleans Darkwa, fifth in the NFL.


This will be the 208th start for Eli Manning, tying his brother Peyton for second-most consecutive starts in NFL history behind Brett Favre with 297. How many more will Manning make?


The record for most games played in a Giants’ uniform. It is held by Michael Strahan. Manning will play in his 210th on Sunday, and will pass that mark if he plays in every game the rest of the season.


That is the Giants’ franchise record for receiving touchdowns by a rookie tight end (Bob Tucker, 1970). Evan Engram has four through eight games.


The number of sacks allowed by the 49ers this season, most in the NFL. The Giants have only 13 sacks this season. The only team with fewer is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 8. The Giants’ sack percentage of 4.32 is 30th in the NFL.


That is the passer rating against of the Giants’ defense. Only four teams are worse.


That is how many miles worth of passes Manning has completed during his career.


That is how long it took the Giants to surrender touchdown passes of 52 and 67 yards on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams. That is the first time since the 1970 merger the Giants allowed two touchdowns of more than 50 yards apiece in such a short time span.