QB Eli Manning's performance will be remembered by the five INTs he threw, some of which rookies would not have thrown. He is pressing too hard at times and becomes desperate to make a play instead of checking down of throwing the ball away. He made plenty of good passes but the INTs and other poor throws killed the Giants' chance of getting the one more score they needed.
The offensive line continues to get outmanned in the run game and yesterday they were inconsistent in the passing game as well. When RT Justin Pugh (quad) went out and Charles Brown came in, the Niners spun him around like a top.
The playcalling is being compromised by the lack of execution. The team is not functioning at a high level and it is inhibiting them from realizing the more dynamic aspects in the playbook.
Overall Grade: D
QB: Eli had problems all day with his accuracy and decision making. That being said, he still threw for 280 yards against a top defense. He had a nice TD toss to Larry Donnell on the first drive that gave hope to Giant fans around the country. After that, he made mistake after mistake. He finished with a 36.6 QBR and seemed lost out there at times. Eli was once one of the game's top clutch players. I don't see that player anymore. He looks tentative and as a result is not making the big play when the team needs him to. Grade: C-
RB: As for a running game, the Giants don't have one right now. Rashad Jennings returned after four games and the Giants still only averaged 3.1 per carry. They gained only 65 yards on the ground and Jennings had 59 of those. If you take out Jennings' 15-yard run, the Giants only gained 50 yards on 20 carries. The RBs were just as invisible in the pass game. Jennings had only eight yards on four receptions while Andre Williams had one catch for four yards. They have to do better, offensive line issues or not. Grade: D
WR: Rueben Randle had a career best 112 yards receiving and Odell Beckham, Jr. had 93, seven short of logging in his third consecutive 100-yard game. Randle stepped up his game big time with seven catches, taking some big hits in the process. Beckham made some fantastic plays, further adding to his legend. He had 80 of his yards in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. Grade: B
TE: Larry Donnell had three grabs for 54 yards and a TD. The Giants have been trying to get him back on track ever since he caught three TDs against the Redskins earlier in the season. Yesterday, he made a nice acrobatic catch for a 30-yard gain and caught the game's opening score. He could not, however, reel in a fade pass in the corner of the end zone in the fourth quarter. Donnell could not get enough leverage on Niners' safety Eric Reid, who knocked the ball away from Donnell. Grade: C
OL: As predicted, they had difficult time with San Francisco's front seven. They only allowed two sacks, but gave up seven QB hits and the pressure was on all day. Again, they could not consistently support the run game and after Pugh left they appeared disorganized and vulnerable. The same old story week after week. Grade: D