Overview: The Giants defense entered the game having surrendered at least 423 yards in each of their previous four games. They held the 49ers to just 333 yards on Sunday and the 16 points they allowed were the fewest in a loss since Oct. 16, 2005, when they lost in overtime to Dallas, 16-13.
San Francisco was able to run the ball on the Giants, but to the success that many had thought. They rushed on 37 of their 66 offensive plays for a total of 148 yards. RB Frank Gore had a 17-yarder and QB Colin Kaepernick ripped off a 16-yarder but the Giants held them to 4.0 YPC, a solid performance overall.
The Niners fumbled the ball four times, losing two, and only managed a a single touchdown against the Giants - a 48-yard catch and run by WR Michael Crabtree who caught the ball on an inside slant then knifed through the entire Giants secondary for the score.
The LBs had an active game: Jameel McClain led the Giants with 14 tackles (11 solo). Rookie Devon Kennard had nine tackles (seven solo), as did Mark Herzlich (six solo).
The Giants got good pressure on the elusive Kaepernick, but came away with just one sack (Robert Ayers) and two QB hits.
The performance was a sight for sore eyes for the Giants and their fans. After getting shredded for the past month, they were able to contain a winning offense and stand up in key spots and make plays.
The Niners were shut down by the Giants in the red zone, going 0-4 on the day and also were 0-1 on fourth down.
Overall Grade: B
DL: A problem area that doesn't seem to be getting any better. Jason Pierre-Paul had only one tackle, which can be explained by the Niners not running his way for most of the game. Mathias Kiwanuka had four tackles with one for a loss. The DTs got handled. Mike Patterson had three total tackles and Jon Hankins and Markus Kuhn had two each. Ayers had a sack but only one other tackle. Damontre Moore had a QB hit. Grade: C
LB: The LBs, as mentioned above, carried most of the water for the defense. They sealed up the second level fairly well. They are the"don't break" in the Giants' "bend but don't break" philosophy. McClain, Kennard and Herzlich all had tackles for a loss and along with Spencer Paysinger made tackles on 35 of the 66 defensive snaps. Grade: A
DBs: Were up against a huge challenge in Anquan Boldin, Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd. Aside from the Crabtree play, no one got free deep. They allowed only six passes over 12 yards. They contained well. S Antrel Rolle led the group with six tackles. DRC has two passes defended and Zach Bowman had a fumble recovery. Grade: B