This time, the Giants left no doubt as to who the better team is.
After hearing all week about how the Niners were going to get their revenge for last years NFC Title game loss, it was San Fran who got beat up and down by the Super Bowl champs.
The result – a huge win for the Giants – 26-3.
The Giants defense slammed Alex Smith, with Antrel Rolle picking off two passes, Prince Amukamara picked off another and the Giants never allowed the Niners to get in the end zone.
Eli Manning threw for 193 yards and one touchdown, Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 116 yards and a score and New York (4-2) rode that dominant defense and four field goals by Lawrence Tynes to hand outspoken 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh the most lopsided loss of his tenure.
The 49ers had not allowed a 100-yard rusher in the previous 22 home games. The last one was Tennessee’s Chris Johnson, who ran for 135 yards on Nov. 8, 2009
”We were just waiting for them to play like we know they can play,” Manning said of New York’s defense. ”They played outstanding. They played really well, flying around.”
Victor Cruz caught six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown and the returning Hakeem Nicks hauled in three passes for 44 yards in the victory.
“The statement made is that we’re here to stay,” Cruz said.
Manning fired eight straight completions for 142 yards at one point during the opening half.
It was a statement game, and one that showed the Giants are still the team to beat in the NFL.