In a battle between two of the better teams in the NFC, the 49ers were blown-out by the defending champions, the New York Giants, 26-3 Sunday. After outscoring the Bills and Jets by a combined 79-3 the last two weeks, the 49ers, now 4-2, were shut down on Sunday. “It wasn’t a great day for any of us,” Harbaugh said.
Alex Smith, who had been the model of consistency thus far this season for the niners, struggled mightily against the Giants. Smith was 19/30 for 200 yards, but he threw three interceptions over the course of the game. The Giants sacked Smith six times and had him under constant pressure, made worse when left tackle Joe Staley left with a concussion in the third quarter. The 49ers were also unable to get anything going on the ground, having Frank Gore rush eight times for only 36 yards. Moss and Manningham led the team in receiving yards Sunday, totaling 75 and 72 respectively.
Sunday also marked the first time that the 49ers allowed a 100-yard rusher in their previous 22 home games. The last time a back rushed for more than 100 yards was Tennessee’s Chris Johnson who ran for 135 yards on Nov. 8, 2009. Giants running-back Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 27 times for 116 yards and a touchdown.
“Coaches always let us know that we’re not the kings of the NFL, the Giants are,” 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “They won a title last year and they’re still that team to beat until somebody wins the Super Bowl.”
This week the 49ers take on the Seahawks at home on Thursday night football.