The Giants decided to lean on the run game after the addition of Jamon Brown to the starting line-up. Despite the addition, the line’s run blocking has not been dramatically improved, but Saquon Barkley was able to do Saquon Barkley things and repeated broke tackles, made would-be tacklers miss, and created his own running lanes, to the tune of 53 yards on 15 carries (long of 18).
The Giants’ passing offense has been uninspiring. Eli Manning has played fairly well, buying time in the pocket and completing 10 of 15 attempts for 63 yards and a touchdown. However, he didn’t throw further than 10 yards down the field until late in the second quarter. The addition of Brown paid off with a key block on a pass to a wide open Odell Beckham Jr. in the endzone for the first touchdown of the game, putting the Giants up 7-3.
On the defensive side of the ball, B.J. Goodson and Janoris Jenkins came up with a big tip-drill interception to set up the Giants’ touchdown. Meanwhile Landon Collins has been targeted often in coverage of TE George Kittle. The Giants’ defense has largely struggled to contain the 49ers offense.
The 49ers won the opening coin toss and elected to defer. They will get the ball to start the second half. Use this as your second-half open thread.