The bye week that was supposed to be the turnaround for the 49’ers was anything but if you go by Sunday’s results, as the team was slammed by the Giants defense 33-15 at the Meadowlands. The win was the fifth straight for New York, as they spent the delightful October Sunday pounding the Trent Dilfer led 49’ers. The Giants defense, led by Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan and others accounted for a big outing on an afternoon when the offense took the day off.
New York forced four turnovers, including a fumble that Umenyiora took back 75 yards for a score. Strahan did his part, with 2.5 sacks, his biggest outing since 2003. The offense was led by QB Eli Manning, who threw two scores, and Brandon Jacobs, who ran for 107 yards and another score. The Giants defense has given up just 53 points in its last five games, not counting 17 points on special teams and offensive mistakes.
Dilfer was on the run all day for the 49’ers and finished 23-of-38 for 209 yards in his second start. RB Frank Gore finished with 88 yards on 14 carries The 49’ers fall to 2-4, and have lost four straight since starting out 2-0 to start the season with wins over the Cardinals and Rams.
Manning was 18-of-31 for 146 yards with the two scores. The Giants built a 19-7 halftime lead with two TD’s and two Lawrence Tynes field goals. They then sealed the game with Umenyiora’s fumble return about two minutes into the third quarter to go up 26-7.