NFC Championship Game
San Francisco 49ers (13-3, NFC West)
New York Giants (9-7, NFC East)
San Francisco, California
6:30 PM EST
Does it get any better?
The New York Giants are back at Candlestick Park to face the San Francisco 49ers with a berth in the Super Bowl on the line.
Two coasts, two talented, hard-nosed teams and two proud fan bases that are each confident that their city and their franchise is unparalleled. Just like in 2003, 1994, 1991, 1987, 1985, 1984 and 1982, we're being treated a single-elimination playoff matchup between the 49ers and the Giants. Whether it was the controversial finish to the wild 2003 NFC Wild Card matcup or the sight of Leonard Marshall steamrolling Joe Montana in 1991 -- the teams' only previous NFC Championship Game meeting -- this rivalry has produced more than its share of memorable moments.
Considering the Giants' dominant effort in dispatching the Green Bay Packers last weekend and the 49ers' thrilling, enervating walk-off win over the high-octane New Orleans Saints, all signs point toward another stirring installment in this East-West football feud.
This is the second trip that Eli Manning and the Giants have made to the Stick this season, having been beaten 27-20 in November. That game came down to the wire, with 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith knocking fourth down passing attempt by Manning in the final minute. Will this game also be decided in the final moments? With two stout defenses -- and a waterlogged field -- it is hard to see either team getting too far ahead of the other. Of course, the Giants' wide receivers have made the spectacular ordinary while the combination of Alex Smith and Vernon Davis showed it could match that historically prolific Saints' attack. So, who knows? Well, who knows besides the fans of both sides who are certain that their team is destined for Indianapolis?
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|@ STATS_NFL : Eli Manning's 7 career postseason wins are a new #Giants QB record (Phil Simms had 6).#NFL|
|@ coutinho9 : So Brady goes for his Fourth Super Bowl and Eli goes for #2 In Peyton's House #storylines|
5 carries for 13 yardsFrank Gore 16 carries for 74 yards Alex Smith 6 carries for 42 yards Kendall Hunter
4 carries, 31 yards
10 catches for 142 yards, 0 TDVernon Davis
3 catches for 112, 2 TD
32 for 58 for 316 yards and 2 TDAlex Smith
12 for 26 for 196 yards and 2TD
Tynes nails and the Giants are going to the Super Bowl!
Or how he felt about that delay of game.
Interesting... perhaps thinking 49ers are going to ice kick.. they weren't ready to go. It's now a 31-yarder. And now SF takes a timeout.
Eli gets to the middle of the field and goes down. Tynes is out for the win.
And Eli is feeding him. He runs again, down to the six.
And he's got a first down and the Giants are inside the 10.
Bradshaw gets loose out to the right and turns up the sideline for 8.
And they've got it at the SF 24. They are already in field goal range. Presuming some conservative plays by the Giants, the 49ers hope is a missed FG.
Williams loses the ball and the Giants have it. And that could very well be the game. That's two tremendous blunders by Williams.
SACKED BY JUSTIN SMITH, who gets a hand on Eli and yanks him down.
Eli takes shotgun snap and throws well short after getting popped.
Bradshaw in backfield with Eli on his right hip. Flags and whistles as play starts. Call on defense. That's a free five yards for Giants to move them across the equator.
Giants have it at their own 49. New York is one big play by Cruz or free run by Bradshaw from field goal range. Niners want to take this over.
Eli hits Hyoski underneath but it's a 1-yard gain thanks to Willis.
Manning finds Beckham coming across and inside of his man.
Bradshaw takes handoff and gets skinny through a crease. Justin Smith keeps it a six-yard gain when it couldnt gone for more.
Giants offense takes over at their own 36. Eli goes under center for first down.
Smith rifles a ball into a tight spot to Vernon Davis but his route took him short of yard to gain. 11 yards when they needed 12. Lee to punt.
And a quick handoff to Gore but JPP is clear into the backfield and he's dropped for a loss. 3rd and 12.
Smith rolls out to his right and then skips the throw on first down. Incomplete.
|@ JeffDarlington : As clarification of overtime rules, we're now in a sudden death situation. Next team to score -- field goal or touchdown -- wins.|
Jernigan can't control pass and would've likely been short of marker. GIants punt and 49ers will get the ball.
A 4-yard gain from Bradshaw sets up a third and 6 for Giants.
Eli puts another ball into a dangerous spot looking for his most resourceful player. Incomplete.
After an impressive catch and run at the sideline.