Here they come again – the New York Football Giants are knocking over everything in their path once more, and are now 60 minutes away from their second Lombardi Trophy in five years, as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime to win the NFC Championship.
The Giants got two huge plays on special teams, including a forced fumble by Jacquian Williams on punt coverage and a recovery from Devin Thomas in overtime, his second recovery a fumble on punt coverage in the game. The recovery set up the Giants at the 49ers 24 yard line, and Ahmad Bradshaw moved the Giants inside the San Francisco 49ers ten-yard line on three carries.
Lawrence Tynes came on the field as he did in overtime of the 2007 NFC Championship game and booted the Giants into the Super Bowl, this time from 31 yards away, as Steve Weatherford and Victor Cruz charged downfield yelling "We're going to the Super Bowl!".
The weather conditions and two physical, stout defenses made it a retro NFC Championship, as the hard fought slugfest came down to which team made the biggest mistake. It was Kyle Williams of the 49ers, and the Giants said enough is enough.
Eli Manning was hit 20 times and sacked six times in this football game, but kept on bouncing right back up, as he threw for 316 yards and two scores without turning the football over, leading the Giants to the second Super Bowl appearance of his outstanding career. Victor Cruz had his biggest playoff game, with ten catches for 142 yards – proving far too explosive for the 49ers secondary to keep contained.
Defensively, the Giants were led by a strong performance up front from Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, while rookie Jacquian Williams played an outstanding game at the linebacker level.
The Giants are now headed to a showdown with the New England Patriots in what will be a very highly anticipated rematch of Super Bowl XLII.
From all of us at Giants 101, LET'S GO GIANTS! Stick with us for full analysis of this game tomorrow and coverage leading all the way up to the Super Bowl on February 5th.
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