The San Francisco 49ers hung on to win at home against the New York Giants, 27-20, Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The 49ers are now 8-1 in the NFC West. The Giants fall to 6-3 in the NFC East.
The first half stayed extremely close with both teams scoring a combined 15 points, all by field goal. It was a defensive outing from both sides with neither quarterback really establishing a rhythm. San Francisco's kicker David Akers continued to be clutch from range, finding accuracy at 52 yards out.
The second half is when the game opened up. Eli Manning put the Giants ahead 13-12 with a beautiful 13 yard pass to Mario Manningham with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. It was in the fourth quarter that Alex Smith and the 9ers hit their stride and ran on all cylinders with Smith connecting with Vernon Davis to put San Francisco ahead. They opted to go for the two point conversion which they were successful on when Smith found an open Michael Crabtree in the endzone. They were quick on the turn around going up another touchdown when running back Kendall Hunter rushed to the left side putting them ahead 27-13.
Eli Manning drove the Giants down the field with 8:37 remaining to connect on a pass down the sideline to Hakeem Nick for 32 yards. New York had one final opportunity to tie the game at the close but were unsuccessful on a 4th and 2 when Eli's pass was batted down by Justin Smith.