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As the Giants have been saying this week, they felt they moved the ball well enough to win in that earlier game in San Francisco. They outgained the Niners, 395 yards to 305, and they converted on 9 of 17 third- and fourth-down plays.
The defeat launched a four-game plunge for New York, but it took care of that by beating the Cowboys twice in the season’s final four weeks.
The Giants now have won four in a row and they’re feeling that 2007 postseason road-warrior momentum again.
"It’s just the idea of us against the world," defensive end Justin Tuck told reporters this week. "It’s just a mindset that’s been instilled in us since coach (Tom) Coughlin got here."
As the Giants have shown during their streak, Tuck and the defensive line have turned up the furnace on opposing quarterbacks. They may not run the ball for large chunks Sunday but, unlike the Saints, who were left with third-stringer Chris Ivory, the rushing threat should still be there.
After the opening, turnover-fueled burst against the Saints last week, the Niners were outscored 832-19. At home. On their next nine possessions after being handed a 17-0 lead, San Francisco gained just 90 total yards.
Too late for the Saints, but it speaks volumes for how the Niners probably will struggle offensively against the Giants.
The deciding matchup should be the quarterbacks, the 49ers’ Alex Smith and the MVP of Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning.
Who, outside of San Francisco, would pick Smith over Eli?
Who has it better on the road than the New York Giants?
Gil LeBreton is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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