San Fracisco 49ers 3-3-7-14 — 27
New York Giants 3-10-7-10 — 30
Eli Manning. Fourth quarter touchdown drive. We’ve been here before.
Manning finished the game with an absolutely incredible 441 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 41-of-54 passing. It was a single-game completion best for Manning as he became the all-time winninget quarterback in franchise history.
Oh, and for an added bonus, the Giants are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Those same New York Giants that were 0-2 to start the season.
Odell Beckham Jr., who returned on the final drive of the game after tweaking his hamstring, finished with 121 yards and one touchdown on just seven receptions.
Meanwhile, on the other side of things, the 49ers weren’t particularly bad – Colin Kaepernick threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns 0 – but the defense did not have an answer for a determined Manning on the final drive of the game.
Click here to see a full box score of the NFC matchup and read on for some of the game’s best highlights:
Larry Donnell – Somehow – Held Onto the Ball in the End Zone With 21 Seconds Left
So, this was a pretty good catch.
After it seemed the 49ers had stolen just about all the potential momentum on their previous drive, Eli Manning and the New York Giants answered in kind, staging their own down-the-field drive to seize back the lead. Manning found tight end Larry Donnell in the end zone on an absolutely ridiculous catch that he somehow managed to hold on to.
Big Blue and helmet catches, best friends forever.
Carlos Hyde Put San Francisco Up With Less Than Two Minutes to Play
Another fourth quarter, another stumbling point for the New York Giants.
Colin Kaepernick marched the 49ers down the field, moving the ball quickly and efficiently and, once again, helped by some Giants penalties, before Carlos Hyde barreled into the end zone to put San Francisco up by four points with just under two minutes left to play.
The 49ers Answered Every Giants Drive – Including a TD Pass to Garrett Celek
The San Francisco 49ers answered every one of the Giants momentum swings with one of their own, including a touchdown drive that ended with a Colin Kaepernick pass to Garrett Celek.
Although, the 49ers didn’t do it totally on their own. This also helped:
The foul on the rookie defensive back gave San Francisco the ball in the red zone and helped set up the five-yard touchdown play.
Manning to Beckham. Giants Lead.
Odell Beckham, Jr. is good at playing football. He also good at making defenses look bad.
The second-year wideout notched a 17-yard touchdown catch to put the Giants up late in the third quarter and his stutter-step in the San Francisco secondary seemed to stun just about everyone in a 49ers uniform. Check it out:
Also. These are some stats to be vaguely impressed by:
Anquan Boldin Tied the Game on the 49ers First Drive of the Third Quarter
The San Fracisco 49ers offensive woes have been prolific this season. Colin Kaepernick has been less-than-ideal. Neither things appeared to be a problem on the team’s opening drive of the second half as Kaepernick marched the San Francisco offense down the field, capping off a 10-play, 88-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.
The New York Giants defense forget how to tackle a bit on the drive. Plays like this were common place on the nearly five-minute long 49ers possession:
Shane Vereen Gave the Giants the Lead With a Second Quarter TD
Shane Vereen is quick and he proved it in the second quarter. The running back hauled in a two-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning early in the period to give New York the lead.
While Vereen got the end zone trip, Odell Beckham, Jr. really helped the drive move along, notching his second down-the-field reception of the game. Check those numbers:
The San Fracisco 49ers are sticking with Colin Kaepernick.
First-year 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he remains committed to the squad’s quarterback despite a less-than-ideal start to the season that saw him throw his only two touchdown passes in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers three weeks ago. He’s also thrown five interceptions.
“I want a confident man, just full-bore ahead at that position,” Tomsula said earlier this week. “I believe it’s critical and I believe in Colin Kaepernick.”
Through the first five games of the season, Kaepernick’s 67.7 passer ranking is last in the NFL and he’s been sacked a whopping 14 times. That’s not good. But it’s also not entirely his fault. The San Francisco offensive line hasn’t helped matters much and the ground game also leaves a lot to be desired.
So, San Fracisco is sticking with Kaepernick. For now.