WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WORSLEY
The New York Giants converted two fourth downs on their final drive of the game, hoping to rally back and force the game into overtime.The third time, however, was not the charm.
Justin Smith deflected a pass by Eli Manning on fourth-and-two that ended the Giants three game winning streak.
Manning threw for 311 yards and two scores, but also threw two ill-advised passes that were intercepted by Carlos Rodgers, one of which led to a 17-yard touchdown by Kendall Hunter which put the game out of reach for New York.
In the second quarter, after 49ers kicker David Akers kicked a game-tying field goal, San Francisco caught the Giants off-guard, recovering a surprise onside kick that led to another field goal for the 49ers and give them the lead at halftime, 9-6.
Down 12-6 in the third quarter, Manning found Mario Manningham in the back of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown.
San Francisco would take the lead back int he fourth quarter when Alex Smith was able to connect with tight end Vernon Davis for a 31-yard touchdown. Smith would help the 49ers make a two-point conversion on the next play, finding an open Michael Crabtree in the end zone to give the 49ers a 20-13 lead.
Manning would practically hand the ball back to San Francisco on the following drive, underthrowing Manningham and allowing Rodgers to intercept his second pass of the game.
On the next play from scrimmage, Hunter ran up the left side of the field for his second career touchdown to put the 49ers in control, 27-13.
New York continued the battle, going on a seven play, 80-yard drive following the Hunter touchdown that culminated with Manning throwing his second score of the game, this one a 32 yard bomb to Hakeem Nicks. Nicks, who has been nursing a hamstring injury, caught his first touchdown pass since October 9th.
New York would have one last chance to score, gaining possession of the ball 62 yards from the end zone and 6:35 left on the game clock.
The Giants went on a 16 play drive on which they had to convert twice on fourth down. The Giants drove to the 10-yard line until the 49ers were able to put the brakes on New York.
On second down, Manningham dropped the game-tying touchdown on the one-yard line while San Francisco’s blitz on third down got to Manning, who was forced to throw an incomplete pass. On fourth down, Mannings pass was swatted away by Smith.
New York comes back home to host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) while San Francisco remains home to take on Arizona (3-6.)