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Giants vs. 49ers Key Plays


1) Vernon Davis goes long

Taking over on the San Francisco 27-yard line after a Giants punt, quarterback Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis on second-and-10. The tight end outran safety Antrel Rolle, running down the sideline for a 73-yard touchdown. The play went under review to see if he stepped out of bounds, but was upheld, giving the 49ers a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. It was Davis' third touchdown this postseason, following seven catches, 180 yards and two scores against the Saints in the Divisional Round.

2) California native Pascoe scores first TD of career

On second-and-goal from the San Francisco 6, tight end received a pass over the middle from Manning, taking it in for the score. The first touchdown of his career knotted the game at 7-7 with 11 minutes to play in the first half. Growing up in Northern California, Pascoe attended nearby Fresno State. Before the play, center David Baas went out with an abdominal contusion. Left guard Kevin Boothe slid to center while Mitch Petrus substituted in for the scoring play.

3) Davis strikes again

Set up by a 24-yard punt return from Kyle Williams, the 49ers took over near midfield. Alex Smith then completed a 24-yard catch-and-run to running back Frank Gore. On first-and-10 at the New York 28, Smith hooked up with Vernon Davis once again, this time for a 28-yard score. The 49ers regained the lead, 14-10, with five minutes to play in the third quarter.

4) Giants challenge punt return, Manningham makes his first catch count

On fourth-and-15, Steve Weatherford punted 56 yards to the San Francisco 29 where the ball seemlingly bounced by returner Kyle Williams. However, Devin Thomas apparently saw the ball hit his knee, picked it up, and returned it to the end zone. The play was called down, but the Giants challenged. They were successful and took over on the San Francisco 29. On the ensuing drive after the challenge, the Giants worked their way down to the 49ers 17. On third-and-15, Manning hit Manningham over the middle in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. Manningham's first catch of the game gave the Giants a 17-14 lead with 8:41 to go in the game.

5) Giants force a fumble on punt return

On fourth-and-17 with 9:42 remaining in overtime, Steve Weatherford punted 37 yards to the San Francisco 19, caught by Kyle Williams. He was then immediately met by Jacquian Williams, who forced the fumble while Devin Thomas recovered it. The Giants took over in San Francisco territory on the 24. Lawrence Tynes kicked a 31–yarder to send the Giants to the Super Bowl, winning 20-17.

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