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Tom Coughlin: Giants had 'great purpose' against 49ers

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Giants' coach Tom Coughlin said his team played with "great purpose" Sunday in routing the San Francisco 49ers, 26-3.

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Sometimes when you watch the New York Giants you wonder if it is a team that would be diagnosed as one that has multiple personalities. The Giants who showed up in San Francisco Sunday were the 2012 playoff Giants, the ones who marched through six straight opponents en route to a Super Bowl title. Not the same Giants who fell into a 14-0 hole last week against the Cleveland Browns.

"We're a good football team. We came out here with great purpose," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "Players were very excited to play this game."

Coughlin said the Giants "withstood the storm" early in the game, surrendering only three points while the 49ers were dominating.

Coughlin referenced the running of Ahmad Bradshaw, whose 116 yards was, according to Coughlin, the first 100-yard game surrendered by the 49ers in 43 games, the three turnovers the Giants capitalized on and the inspired play of the defensive line (six sacks) as keys.

"I think the defensive line finally decided they were going to come to play today and they did," Coughlin said.