Fennelly: The 49ers are 7-1 and much-improved and have defeated both the good teams along with the bad. They are vulnerable to the pass, as illustrated in their games vs Dallas and Philadelphia. They are a highly-competitive bunch that mixes it up well and does not back down from a fight. New head coach Jim Harbaugh has them headed in the right direction. His handling of QB Alex Smith has been brilliant, taking him from bust to boom almost overnight.
They will attempt to exploit the Giants' run-challenged defense with RB Frank Gore and will most likely succeed. They want to avoid getting into a shootout with the Giants, where Eli Manning has endless options now that WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard have emerged as viable weapons.
These teams have difficulty putting opponents away and end up playing in many tight games. The Giants have the clear advantage here because they do not need to win the time of possession battle to win the game. They have the ability to score quickly and in bunches, where the Niners do not.
I see the Giants winning this fight with their last bullet. They love playing on the road. It bonds them, something home games fail to do for some reason. I like Giants and over....Giants 27, 49ers 20
Rich Resch: Giants 24, Niners 17
Dan Stack: Giants 17, Niners 14
Dr. Football: Giants 17, Niners 14
Matt Marino: Giants 20, Niners 19
Kel Dansby: Giants 20, Niners 14
Ralph Vacchiano of SNY's Daily News Live provides us with his three keys for Giants win in SanFrancisco this week.