Giants? safety Antrel Rolle is sometimes accused of doing more talking off the field than playing football on the field. However, that was far from the case this afternoon, as Rolle?s two interceptions paced a dominant defensive performance in Big Blue?s 26-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Rolle?s interceptions were incredibly timely and gave the Giants? offense great field position to put points on the board. Alex Smith, who came into the game with the league?s top quarterback rating (108.7), threw a total of three interceptions on the day after only throwing one in the prior five games.

The 49ers entered this contest as the leading rushing team in the NFL, averaging 196.2 yards per game. And if it was any consolation, San Francisco got off to a fast start offensively both on the ground and through the air.

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We all know that on paper, the Giants have one of the best if the not the best defensive line in football. Every year, it seems the team develops another super-athletic defensive end to add to the mix.

However, through the first four games, the Giants have struggled getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and even when they do, they can?t seem to finish the play by recording a sack.

The Giants have 8.0 combined sacks in four games, averaging just 2.0 per game. This mark ties them for 17th in the NFL. Last season, the Giants were tied for third in the NFL with 48.0 sacks in 16 games, for an average of 3.0 per game.

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According to a study done by Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus, Giants' quarterbacks (AKA Eli Manning) were best in the league at avoiding sacks in 2010.
He may be a bit erratic at times, but Eli Manning is one of the very best in the league at avoiding sacks (though the outcome is sometimes worse). He?s helped by an offensive line that was only let down by David Diehl in the pass protection stakes, and some of the best blitz pick up in the game from Ahmad Bradshaw, but the younger Manning deserves acknowledgement for his aversion to the turf.
Interesting how well they regard Bradshaw in terms of blitz pickup...

The conclusion that Manning was the best at avoiding sacks was reached after using a simple formula:

You take the numbers of sacks a team surrenders (half sacks are counted as full sacks given that either man could have made the sack), and divide it by the combined number of hits, hurries, and sacks to arrive at a number representing sacks as a percentage of total pressure.
According to this formula, Manning was sacked only 13 times despite being pressured 190 times, meaning he was sacked only 6.84% of times that he was pressured.

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