The game, which was broadcast nationally on ABC's Monday Night Football, promised to be a war. It was.
The final score was 7-3 in favor of San Francisco, with all the points coming in the second quarter. For those of you who did not see this game, I will tell you it was smashmouth football at its finest - perhaps the most physical game I can remember.
The Giants held Joe Montana to 152 yards on 12-for-29 passing and the 49er high-powered offense to just 240 yards overall. Montana did, however, manage one TD pass - a 23-yd strike to John Taylor - that proved to be all the Niners would need.
The Giants struggled on offense, gaining only 221 yards. Phil Simms, like Montana, had a rough evening throwing for just one more yard than Super Joe on 14 for 32 passing. OJ Anderson was the game's leading rusher with a meager 39 yards.
The game ended with heated exchange between Simms and 49er safety Ronnie Lott which was caught up close by ABC's camera crew. The Giants would exact their revenge six weeks later when they returned to Candlestick Park and won 15-13 in the NFC Championship Game.