New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
The New York Giants punched their ticket to San Fran on Sunday when the Giants upset the mighty Green Bay Packers on Sunday in Green Bay. The 49ers are -2 point favorites over the Giants with an over/under point total set at 44.
The San Francisco 49ers had a tough task ahead of them last Saturday when the Niners and their stingy and aggressive defense had to face the record setting Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The 49ers play “throwback” football where the Niners like to run the ball, control the ball through efficient passing and play outstanding defense. San Fran also is one of the best teams in forcing their opponent into mistakes as the Niners have forced over 40 turnovers this season. Alex Smith was almost run out of town last season, and now Smith is the hero of the Niners and under new head coach Jim Harbaugh has completely resurrected his career. Smith threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints while not throwing one INT. The Forty Niners are going to have to stop Eli Manning and the Giants offense on Sunday and to do that the Niners will try and get pressure in the face of Manning. Aldon Smith the rookie first round pick for the Niners this season leads the team with 14 sacks and will be a key weapon against the Giants on Sunday.
The New York Giants are without a doubt one of the hottest and most dangerous teams in the NFL right now. The Giants basically had a “play-in” game where the Giants had to face the Cowboys in week 17 with the winner advancing to the playoffs. New York dominated the Cowboys in week 17, and since then New York has looked like one of, if not the best team in football. If it weren’t for the seasons of Brees and Rodgers, Eli Manning could very well be this year’s MVP. Manning threw for an incredible 4,933 yards in the regular season, and thus far into the postseason the Giants signal caller has thrown for over 600 yards in two games. The Achilles heel for the Giants this season has been their ground attack as the ground game was ranked last in the NFL, however the Giants have rejuvenated the ground attack the past few weeks, and Manning has simply been deadly with play action passes down the field off the play action. Defensively the Giants have a relentless pass rush that can force turnovers and make life miserable for quarterbacks.
The Niners are just 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games against the Giants, and the total has gone under in 8 of the last 12 games for San Francisco. The Giants are 5-1 in their last six games, and the total has gone over in four of the last five road games for New York.
This is a tough call, and honestly I cannot wait for Sunday night to watch these two teams go at it for the right to play in the super bowl. The Forty Niners are winning the old fashioned way, but it can’t be ignored that even though the Niners jumped out to an early lead against the Saints, and forced five turnovers in the game, New Orleans still lead with under two minutes remaining. Jim Harbaugh is a shoe in for coach of the year and the Niners are one of this season’s best stories, but I think the Giants are playing better than anyone in the league right now, and I have a hard time betting against Manning as Eli is playing as good or better than anyone in the quarterback position.
New York Giants +2 San Francisco 49ers