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Giants vs. 49ers: The Key Plays


**Key Play 1: Akers onside kick

**Akers orchestrated another successful onside kick late in the first half that caught Spencer Paysinger, Ramses Barden and Tyler Sash off-guard up front. The 49ers recovered the kick and turned it into a field goal for a 9-6 lead heading into halftime.

"His onside kicks are kind of abnormal because he doesn't give it away," Paysinger said. "You can usually tell when it is coming by the alignment and how (the kicker) places the ball, but his whole approach to the ball was like a deep kick. So you never know when it is going to come. So when he did kick it, it still caught us off guard because the height of the ball looked like it was going deep and then it just dropped. Even though we paused a little bit too late we just have to be better at it."

Key Play 2: 49ers TEVernon Davis runs free

Ahead by one to start the final frame, the Giants defense lost track of Davis coming across the field in New York territory. The Pro Bowl tight end, who was otherwise limited to two catches for nine yards, caught the pass in stride at the 25-yard line and ran it in essentially untouched before leaping through Kenny Phillips into the end zone. The touchdown gave the 49ers a 20-13 lead, one they wouldn't relinquish. Rookie linebacker Greg Jones took responsibility for the play.

"I should have been running with him," Jones said. "At least just trying to clear him off and get in his way, just try to disturb that route. We knew they were going to run that route."

Key Play 3:  Giants RBWare stopped on third downIn the middle of another fourth-quarter comeback, the Giants, down by a touchdown with less than a minute remaining, were faced with a 3rd-and-2 at San Francisco's 10. Out of the shotgun, Eli Manning handed off to D.J. Ware, who was stuffed for no gain, putting all the pressure on fourth down.

"They knew it was coming," Ware said. "They yelled it out before the play, but we thought we could out-execute them and get the two yards. But they came up with a good defense."

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