10 Things To Know About The 49ers
1)Aside from their own meeting in Week 10, the 49ers had seven common opponents with the Giants (NO, SEA, DAL, PHI, WAS, ARI, STL) this season. San Francisco was 8-2 against those teams, while the Giants went 5-5.2)The 49ers lead the franchise series, 18-17 (including the postseason), against the Giants. Meanwhile, San Francisco is 1-4 against Tom Coughlin teams (1-3 with the Giants). 3) 49ERS/GIANTS CONNECTIONS: Giants C David Baaswas a second round draft choice (33rd overall pick) by the 49ers in 2005, playing for them until signing with New York this offseason; Giants backup QB David Carr played for the 49ers in 2010; 49ers assistant secondary coach Greg Jacksonwas a third round draft choice (78th overall choice) of the Giants in 1989.4)Advancing to the NFC Championship for the 13th time in franchise history, San Francisco's postseason record improved to 27-18 and 20-9 at home.5) The 49ers were 3-1 against the NFC East(lost to Dallas at home).6)San Francisco tied New England with an NFL-best eight players selected to the Pro Bowl, including four starters. Six of the eight 49ers play on defense or special teams.7)Running back Frank Gore suffered an ankle injury during the Giants game, watching the second half from the sidelines. Before he was hurt, he had six rushes for zero yards. 8)Despite losing the time of possession battle by more than nine minutes, the 49ers still beat the Giants 27-20 in their Week 10 matchup.9)CLICK HERE FOR AN UPDATED 49ERS INJURY REPORT10)Back in Santa Clara, Calif., 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh broke down the Giants on Monday: "Healthier, is the biggest thing. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. Especially the linebacker unit that is playing outstanding. When we faced them, they were really down to one linebacker and two young linebackers and the one the linebacker was playing out of position. Those two linebackers have grown in experience and production. They added [LB Chase] Blackburn who's playing very well. They got another linebacker back and that has really fortified that group. That group has really played at a high level and much different than the team that we played earlier. The defensive line was strong when we played them and now they're stronger. One of the best in the National Football League. The secondary has grown in experience and playing together. That group has been intact.*
"The offense remains very potent. Eli Manning has played at a high level the entire season. The running game has been bolstered since we played the Giants. The receiver group has really asserted itself even since we played them. So yes, a much healthier team. A very good team from when we played them. That game when we played them here certainly could have gone either way."*
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