The Niners came into Sunday’s NFC Title game rematch with the Giants thinking revenge. Now they should be thinking about just getting back to playing good football again.
Antrel Rolle intercepted two passes and Prince Amukamara added another as the Giants pounded the Niners 26-3. “I think this is our most complete game all year long,” Rolle said.
Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 116 yards and a score on 27 carries for the Giants (4-2), whose 20-17 overtime win in last season’s NFC Championship Game propelled them to their second title in five seasons.
After outscoring the Bills and Jets by a combined 79-3 the last two weeks, the 49ers (4-2) met their match again.
Eli Manning was 15-of-28 for 193 yards and a touchdown, Victor Cruz caught six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown and the returning Hakeem Nicks hauled in three passes for 44 yards in the victory.
“The statement made is that we’re here to stay,” Cruz said.
Manning fired eight straight completions for 142 yards at one point during the opening half.
During last week’s rout of the Bills, San Francisco became the first team in NFL history with 300-plus yards passing and 300-or-more yards rushing in a game.
It tallied just 314 yards of total offense against the Giants.
Alex Smith, who came into the game with just one pick on the season, had his first three-interception game since Dec. 20, 2009, during a 27-13 loss to the Eagles.
He finished with 200 yards through the air on 19-of-30 efficiency for the 49ers in the setback.
“We didn’t do enough,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We put ourselves in a position we couldn’t come back from, more turnovers than we’re accustomed to. Plan-wise, it wasn’t the right one. We’ll try to figure out what the next one we’ll be.”
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