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Giants 49ers NFC Championship Game Preview

Well, it’s finally here. We’ve been talking about it all week and now, it’s the NFC Championship game, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Will the Giants come out on top? Or will they watch the 49ers ride off to Indianpolis? We’ll find out soon enough.

INJURIES:

NY Giants

Questionable: TE Jake Ballard (knee)

Probable: C David Baas (illness), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), LB Mark Herzlich (ankle), QB Eli Manning (illness), WR Hakeem Nicks (ankle), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)

San Francisco

Questionable: CB Tarell Brown (thigh), WR Ted Ginn (knee), S Dashon Goldson (ankle), C Jonathan Goodwin (calf), TE Delanie Walker (jaw), LB Patrick Willis (knee)

OFFENSE:

The Giants offense has been on fire. Eli Manning is playing his best football. The Giants have 3 wide receivers who can all make big plays. The Giants run game has struggled all year, but has seemingly gotten back on track, at least a little. While the 49ers defense is their strength, I don’t foresee the Giants having scoring problems. This team can score on anyone, and it will be their offense that takes them to the Super Bowl, and beyond.

DEFENSE:

The defense has to be huge today. Pressure, pressure and more pressure. The 49ers are capable of big plays, particularly to Vernon Davis. Pressure negates that. The 49ers line is good, but the Giants line has to be better. It sounds simple, and perhaps it is, but getting pressure on Alex Smith, who isn’t the best of QBs, is so essential. Stopping Vernon Davis is too. Michael Boley will not be able to cover him one on one. So he’ll have to get safety help, or at least a defensive end chipping. Davis had a huge game against New Orleans, and stopping him is beyond key.

THE 49ERS

I think if anyone had the Niners making this far was lying. Jim Harbaugh, who should be coach of the year, has just done a terrific job, taking a 6-10 team to 13-3 and one game from the Super Bowl. They have a ferocious pass rush, starting with the law firm of (Justin) Smith & (Aldon) Smith. Justin Smith could be defensive player of the year. Aldon Smith could be defensive rookie of the year. Both are capable of getting to the QB at any time, and Justin Smith is equally adept at breaking up running plays. Their linebackers are terrific, with Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman. A good secondary led by a rejuvenated Carlos Rogers, and this is a top defense. On offense, Frank Gore can still get it done. Alex Smith has played his best football; having Vernon Davis to throw to helps. This is a terrific team, not a fluke at all. Stopping them will be tough.

PREDICTION:

I could waffle on and on about this game, and still not know. It’s close. That said, I have to go with my gut here. FINAL SCORE: Giants 24, Niners 17


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7 Responses to “Giants 49ers NFC Championship Game Preview”

  1. Adam Y says:

    This is a great write up and i cant wait for this game to start. And i found this article talking about who has the edge where they compare position by position. Check it out,

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82622cb4/article/nfc-championship-game-could-be-won-at-line-of-scrimmage?module=HP11_hot_topics

  2. Russo757 says:

    I’ve been waiting for this all week. LETS GO BIG BLUE!

  3. Jason says:

    I see a combo of JPP, williams and rolle/philips on Davis today Giants 27- 49ers 14

  4. Big Daddy says:

    23-20

  5. hannah says:

    Sorry. Niners are going to win.

  6. WOPNESS says:

    You were real close with that prediction.

    (A lot better than the Green Bay game! LOL)

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