NFC Championship: Giants 20, San Francisco 17 - OvertimeThe NFC Championship came down to overtime. Hey, why wouldn't it? All year long, different teams were in the driver's seat to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Philadelphia was all the rage after the lockout with their free-agent signings. Green Bay went 15-1 and was looking dynastic until last week. New Orleans and Detroit set records for offense and appeared to be headed for February.
But it was the Giants and the 49ers who ended up playing for the NFC Championship. And play they did. It was a championship game for the ages.
When it came to effort, you could not have asked for anything more. The 49ers brought their ferocity and trench warfare savvy. The Giants brought Eli Manning.
Eli (32/58, 316 yds, 2 TD) was hammered all night long by the San Francisco defense, was sacked six times and hit an incredible twenty times overall. He kept picking himself up, brushing himself off and making plays. He is as tough as they come. He proved tonight beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is not only one of the best QBs in the NFL, but one of it's best players.
"We couldn't give them turnovers," Manning said after the game. "That's the one thing we didn't do... we knew it was going to be a tough game."
The Niners, noted for their stingy takeaway ratio and excellent special teams play, blinked twice and the Giants capitalized both times. That is what champions do.
Lawrence Tynes' 31-yard FG in overtime won it, but it is the day-in, day-out regimen of the great Tom Coughlin that guided this team to the Super Bowl once more.
On to Indy!!!!