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Giants At 49ers: Scouting San Francisco

The New York Giants (6-2) travel to California this weekend to face the 7-1 San Francisco 49ers. Let’s take a look at what the NFC West leading 49ers are all about.

San Francisco has won five straight games, losing only a Week 2 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, 27-24.

Offense

The 49ers are a ‘ground and pound’ team built around running back Frank Gore, who was 782 yards ruyshing in eight games and has five straight 100+ yard games, a franchise record.

“The 49ers offense is built around a power rushing attack and Alex Smith is asked to avoid making many mistakes,” said David Fucillo of Niners Nation.

Smith, the 49ers quarterback, has thrown just two interceptions while getting 10 touchdown passes thus far in 206 pass attempts. By contract, Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning has thrown 280 passes thus far.

Defense

The 49ers are first in the league against the run, giving up just 70.8 yards per game. Linebackers NaVorro Bowman (71 tackles) and Patrick Willis (67 tackles) lead the way.

Special Teams

Ted Ginn Jr. is one of the league’s most dangerous return men. He averages 29.2 yards per return on kickoffs and 12.5 yards per return on punts. Plackekicker David Akers has made 19-of-21 field goals, including all four of his attempts from 50 yards or more.