The 49ers took the lead on a blown coverage on a second down and 10 play. San Francisco 49er quarterback Alex Smith hooked up with tight end Vernon Davis for the 73-yard touchdown bomb.
The play was reviewed to see if Davis had stepped out of bounds around the Giants' 30-yard line, but the touchdown was upheld. Davis was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for jumping on the camera stand.
The Giants only had two full drives in the first quarter. Their first drive stalled and New York punted. The second drive was halted on a fourth and 1 at the San Francisco 34-yard line when Brandon Jacobs was stopped short of the line to gain. The Giants' third drive of the quarter began with just 30 seconds to play.
Rain began to fall again in the stadium as the first quarter ended.
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