The San Francisco 49ers emerged Sunday with a win against the New York Giants, but they’re far from a polished team.
They sputter in the red zone. They fail to close games in the fourth quarter. But with a Seahawks loss Sunday, the flawed 49ers (6-4) are in a crucial second-place tie with Seattle in the NFC West. Whoever emerges from there likely claims one of the two wild-card berths in the conference.
“I think our team did what we had to do to get a very important win and those wins are huge right now,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said after the team’s 16-10 win over the Giants.
BOX SCORE: 49ers 16, Giants 10
San Francisco did just enough to pry the victory from New York. The 49ers dominated the middle stretch of the contest and scored 16 unanswered points to take the lead. After that, it was all missed chances.
The Giants kicked a field goal with eight minutes left in the third quarter to narrow the 49er lead to six points. From then on, San Francisco repeatedly relied on its defense to bail out the team with yet another big play.
The 49er defense was superb, forcing Giants quarterback Eli Manning to throw five interceptions. But mistakes on offense are tough to overlook.
Source: USA Today | Lorenzo Reyes