New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers Week 6 Recap
It had the makings of a classic. Two top teams. NFC Championship game rematch. Perhaps a battle for playoff seeding.
Who knew it would provide a window for you to go rake the leaves?
The New York Giants made the case that if there weren’t a team from Atlanta that they are the class of the NFC. The San Francisco 49ers, simply, just had a bad day.
What Eli Manning proved (again) was that he does not need to be as accurate as a brain surgeon in the operating room. He just needs to put it almost anywhere near his receivers, and they will find a way to haul it in. As long as the Giants produce wide receivers who are that athletic and can go after passes with that kind of focus, they will keep Eli in that “elite” conversation. Having a healthy Hakeem Nicks alongside Victor Cruz, who salsa-ed his way to his weekly touchdown in the second quarter, will keep the Giants very dangerous.
Speaking of Elite, Ahmad Bradshaw is trying to force his way into the conversation as a top-tier running back. After a 200 yard performance in week 5, he followed it up nicely with 116 tough yards against a good 49ers defense, plus a touchdown. Coach Tom Coughlin reminded the New York press what they never can’t run the ball and it’s a hallmark of their success.
One wonders if Alex Smith can ever break into the upper-tier of quarterbacks that many people believe is necessary to win a Super Bowl. Smith had been having a very good year before yesterday’s three interception performance against an improved Giants pass rush. The San Francisco running attack was non-existent, mostly because they were trailing just about the entire game.
As they say, you are never as good as you look on your best day, and never as bad as you look on your worst day. We would expect both teams to stay on a playoff track. But given the revitalization of the NFC West, the 49ers can ill afford any more phantom appearances.
The Giants, though, look like they are well on their way to another division title in the dysfunctional NFC East. If there’s a playoff rematch between these two teams, the Giants seemed to make sure it would be on the East Coast.