Defense powers victory

The defense bailed them out today. Another lousy offensive performance, but when your defense forces five interceptions, you’re probably going to win.

Such was the case at Met Life Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) held on to beat the New York Giants (3-7), 16-10. The offense was blanked, again, in the 4th quarter, but the defense would not let this one slip away. Chris Borland, who has been beyond exceptional filling in for Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, shined, leading the team with 13 tackles and two interceptions, including a crucial pick to seal the victory. Michael Wilhoite, Chris Culliver and Eric Reid added an INT apiece, and Ray McDonald and Aaron Lynch contributed with their first and third sacks of the season, respectively.

The offense, again, was pedestrian. Colin Kaepernick was a less-than-stellar 15-29 for 193 yards, but had a very nice touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree, who pulled in three grabs for 85 yards along with the score. Frank Gore, despite losing his first fumble of the season, carried 19 times for 95 yards in a solid outing. However, the 49ers have to solve their offensive woes, particularly in the 2nd half, quickly, or they’re going to have a very tough time making the postseason.

Speaking of the playoffs, the Niners still have a good chance of making it in. They return to Levi’s Stadium next week, where they’ll host the Washington Redskins before taking on the Seahawks on Thanksgiving night. San Francisco is currently tied with Seattle for second place in the NFC West, and a victory a week from Thursday would set the Niners up nicely to make that postseason push.

With six games left, Frank Gore’s prediction is still alive.

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