One day, one team, one game. That is all that stands between the San Francisco 49ers and a trip to Indianapolis and Super Bowl 46. That team as you well know is the New York Giants, and they are very well determined to make sure that they are the ones that head to Super Bowl 46, not the 49ers.
Both teams come into this game sporting tough defenses, and suddenly potent offenses. Each team will look to kill the run game of the other team, and both can get pressure on the quarter back by sending only 4 men. The question is: Who does enough to make it to Super Bowl Sunday?
Offensively the Giants and 49ers are a lot alike, they both like to run the ball as a first option and both do it very well. The Giants averaged 89 yards per game on the ground, and the 49ers average 127 per game. The Giants have a better passing game, but don’t count out the 49ers passing attack as they managed to keep up and out score the high powered Saints.
The Giants come into the game having put up 37 points on the Green Bay Packers, while holding them to just 20. Eli Manning is playing just as well as ever, and is looking to truly back up his preseason talk of him being an elite quarterback.
Alex Smith is just looking to validate his career, he is coming off a great performance against the Saints, and he will now look to put the stamp on a career defining season by taking the 49ers back to the Super Bowl. Both teams will put their faith in these men along with star running backs Frank Gore for the 49ers, and the tandem of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw for the Giants.
Defensively these teams are two of the best at what they do. What they do is stop the run and get after the quarterback. Its defense in its simplest form, but they do it with extreme precision. The Giants will rush only 4 men for the majority of the game, and those four men get amazing pressure on the QB and stuff the run.
The tandem of Chris Canty, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Linval Joseph lead the charge along with Osi Umenyiora , this is a group that flat out makes plays all day long. The 49ers counter with Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Isaac Sopoaga, and from the outside edge they will send rookie Aldon Smith, who led all rookies this year with 14 sacks.
Both defenses pride themselves on defense and stopping the run, and while the Giants give up121 yards on the ground, they can stop the run with the best of teams. San Fran just so happens to be the best team at stopping the run allowing only 77 yards on the ground, and only allowing one rushing touchdown in the regular season.
Both defenses are opportunistic with forcing turnovers, the Giants forced 3 Green Bay fumbles last week, and the 49ers had 5 forced turnovers themselves against the Saints. The defense that can rattle the opposing offense the best will lead their team to Super Bowl 46, and a date with validation.
If you like pure hardnosed, smash mouth football, then this will be a game to see. Both teams will come out swinging, and will look to keep the opposing teams counter punches soft, and nonexistent. While the Giants have a better passing game, the 49ers have the better defense overall, and will do what is needed to get them to Indy.
While we have all heard the talk of how the Giants are the more experienced team, and how they look like they are back to their 2007 form, but they are still the Giants and you never know which side of them will show up to play.
Youth will be served in this game, and while the good side of the Giants could show up and play well, I believe that the defense of the 49ers will hold serve and propel this team back to the Super Bowl, because this is one game, one day, against one team for validation, redemption, and above all else a trip to Indianapolis to play for the Lombardi Trophy.
Final: 49ers 27 Giants 17