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Blowing out the Candle: On Monday night, the San Francisco 49ers defeated Atlanta 34-24 in the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park. San Francisco will move to Levi?s Stadium in Santa Clara, California next season.

The 49ers have called Candlestick home since 1971 and Monday marked the 36th time the stadium has hosted Monday Night Football, the most of any stadium in NFL history.?The NFL stadiums to host the most Monday Night Football Games in NFL history:

Candlestick Park - 36

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Victor Cruz a 49er? Perish the thought. But San Francisco has 47 picks (actually they'll have 15 after the Alex Smith deal goes through) in the upcoming NFL draft and would certainly hand over one of their two No. 1's to the Giants in exchange for one of the game's most exciting and productive wide receivers.

From NFC East blogger Jimmy Kempski:

Let?s assume the Giants tender restricted free agent Victor Cruz at the 1st round level, as expected. If some other team around the league wanted to sign Cruz, they would have to forfeit their first round pick to the Giants, if the Giants chose not to match the offer.

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Randy Moss was back on the podium today in New Orleans justifying his claim that he is the best WR in the history of the NFL.....

On Jerry Rice disagreeing that Moss is the greatest receiver of all-time: ?Everybody is going to have their opinion. I do not live on numbers. I really do not. If you sit here and just said who is the greatest running back? Statistically it is Emmitt Smith. People would say Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers or Jim Brown. Their numbers do not match Emmitt Smith, but people would say Emmitt Smith is the best running back.?

On how to judge the best receiver: ?You make your own judgment. You really do. I know what I think. I am not going to sit up here and tell you how to look at it and how to judge it. I think when it comes to going out there, making plays and helping the team do the things that they are able to do to win the game?I think I am the greatest receiver ever, point blank. Next question.?

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Harbaugh Brothers Will Face Off for NFL Title

By Jon Wagner

The ever-unpredictable National Football League, always replete with interesting storylines, took a couple more surprising twists to yield a footnote first on Championship Sunday.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVII
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Falcons' Tony Gonzalez will leave the game the NFL's most decorated TE. He'd trade it all in for a SB ring.

The NFC Championship Game features the top two seeds for the first time in three years. The second-seeded San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) return to the game for the second consecutive season. They lost, 20-17, to the Giants last year. The Atlanta Falcons (14-3) clinched the top seed in the NFC and won their first playoff game in the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era last week vs the Seattle Seahawks.

Kickoff: 3:00pm Eastern

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For those inquiring about the possibility of RB Brandon Jacobs returning to the Giants, the answer is simple: it ain't happenin'.

Jacobs is under contract to San Francisco and they hold all the cards. He is currently suspended without pay.

The reasons behind the suspension have been stated by the Niners. It is suspected that Jacobs' frustration regarding how the team was using (or not using) him, which he had continuously and publicly documented via social media, led the team to suspend him for conduct reasons.

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There has been some speculation on behalf of San Francisco 49ers fans that running back Brandon Jacobs, formerly of the New York Giants, helped out his old squad.

One 49ers blog included a post from a fan who claimed he saw Jacobs "do something fishy" ...

"I'm telling you man, I have a really hard time believing there's no chance Jacobs did something fishy. It straight up LOOKED like they knew our entire gameplan and everything we were gonna do, then when you factor in we have a player who's been documented as being pissed at the coaching staff for never playing, AND that he used to play for our opponent and is clearly still very buddy-buddy with them based on his post-game actions, it's very very very very VERY fishy."
The fan points out Jacobs visited the Giants' clubhouse after the game, and that players don't just visit opposing team's locker rooms. Then again, not every player was such a key component on two Super Bowl-winning teams.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Brandon Jacobs, Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers
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Most games played at Candlestick Park are affected by the weather. If you've ever been there, it's a strange convergence of wind, sun, fog and dew. Yesterday, after the fog lifted, the weather could not have been more perfect: Sunny with a kickoff temperature of 61? ; Humidity: 80%, Wind: Northwest 7 mph.

DT Rocky Bernard (quad), S Kenny Phillips (knee) and RB Andre Brown (coHe ncussion) did not make the trip. WR Jerrel Jernigan, TE Adrien Robinson, DE Adewale Ojomo and OL James Brewer were inactive. The Giants used all of their active players except backup QB David Carr.

Of the questionable starters who played, the Giants received a mixed bag. TE Martellus Bennett (knee) played 57 snaps (88%) on offense and 8 plays on special teams (29%). He was targeted only twice in the game, catching one pass for 9 yards.

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by Jon Wagner / SNYGiants Columnist

Not even last year?s Super Bowl champion version of the New York Giants did what this year?s Giants did on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

Last season, New York used a few lucky breaks to barely get by the San Francisco 49ers on the road, in overtime, to reach Super Bowl XLVI, eleven weeks after coming up just short in a close loss on the same field.

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Giants? safety Antrel Rolle is sometimes accused of doing more talking off the field than playing football on the field. However, that was far from the case this afternoon, as Rolle?s two interceptions paced a dominant defensive performance in Big Blue?s 26-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Rolle?s interceptions were incredibly timely and gave the Giants? offense great field position to put points on the board. Alex Smith, who came into the game with the league?s top quarterback rating (108.7), threw a total of three interceptions on the day after only throwing one in the prior five games.

The 49ers entered this contest as the leading rushing team in the NFL, averaging 196.2 yards per game. And if it was any consolation, San Francisco got off to a fast start offensively both on the ground and through the air.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, Alex Smith, Antrel Rolle, big blue, defense, giants, Giants Defense, New York Giants, NY Giants, Editorial Aside, prince amukamara, rolle, rolle defense, sacks, San Francisco 49ers
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Before the game, the talk was about about an unrelenting defense and a smash-and-bash rushing attack. The crowd was certainly treated to that, except it was the wrong team that provided it.

The Giants (4-2) came into Candlestick Park today heavy underdogs, without a chance. They left with their heads held high and everyone else without a clue. They simply beat the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) at their own game, physically beating them up and down the field and making them pay for their multiple mistakes.

When it was all over, the Giants had 26 points to the 49ers' 3. ?The Niners had been throttling opponents' running games not allowing a 100-yard rusher in the past 23 games at home and only one in the previous 43 games overall.

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Fourth Quarter:

- Eli Manning and Victor Cruz just barely miss on connecting deep for a touchdown.

- Both offenses look out of sync, but the Giants will be content running out the clock with Bradshaw and taking a double digit road win.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, giants, New York, San Francisco 49ers, week 6
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Inactive for the Giants this afternoon in San Francisco:

S Kenny Phillips, DT Rocky Bernard, RB Andre Brown, OL James Brewer, DE Adewale Ojomo, TE Adrien Robinson and WR Jerrel Jernigan.

WR Hakeem Nicks and OL David Diehl are active as are CB Jayron Hosley and TE Martellus Bennett.

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The Giants (3-2) travel to San Francisco to play the 4-1 49ers. The Niners are favored by 6 1/2 points. The over/under is 46.

The last time these two met, the Giants took advantage of the Niners' special teams failures and advanced to the Super Bowl on a FG in OT. They also played in early November, with the Niners stopping the Giants int he red zone in final seconds, 27-20.

Before we get into the numbers, let's review a few things that we know. The Giants need to be at critical mass to play their best football. They also play better on the road. They really play their best when no one gives them a chance.

Tags: Giants-49ers, New York Giants, NFL Gambling, NFL Matchups, Editorial Aside, San Francisco 49ers
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The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants (3-2) return to Candlestick Park to face the San Francisco 49ers (4-1) in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game. ?It is the 29th meeting between the the storied franchises, who have won a combined 9 Super Bowls between them. The series is tied at 14 wins apiece.

Kickoff: 4:25pm ET

Site: Candlestick Park

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The guys discuss whether it will be more difficult for the Giants to run on the 49ers or to stop San Francisco's ground game.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25394489&topic_id=6479520&tcid=vpp_copy_25394489&v=3

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Here are the staff predictions for this Sunday's game vs the 49ers out at Candlestick Park. The Niners are favored by 6 1/2 points and the over/under is 44.

Sam Spiegelman: This one is going to have the feel of a playoff game for sure, but right now, San Fran is the more complete team. The Niners are clicking on both offense and defense, and they have the fortunate position of being at home in Candlestick Park -- not to mention, they want to avenge their NFC Championship Game loss ... badly. The Giants, meanwhile, have had no pass rush to bank on and it's a question about what kind of performance they can expect out of Hakeem Nicks coming off of multiple injuries. Right now, San Fran looks to be the superior team, but it wouldn't shock me to see one of the trademark Eli Manning comebacks in the fourth quarter. Prediction: 49ers 23, Giants 20.

Jim Mancari: Expect a game similar to last season's NFC Championship game. Same teams, same location, and both teams will be coming after each other. The 49ers feel that they were robbed last year based on a few special teams blunders, so they should be ready to play in full force. San Francisco's defense has been downright stingy the past two weeks, allowing just three total points. However, that was to the Bills and jets, neither of which have Eli Manning at quarterback. It should still be a low-scoring game, but the Giants have to be able to stop the rushing attack of Frank Gore. The defensive front also needs to find a way to pressure Alex Smith, or it could be a long afternoon for the Giants defense. But if Hakeem Nicks plays and Ahmad Bradshaw is even half of what he was against the Browns, the Giants will be in the game the whole way. It might once again come down to a late-game or overtime field goal from wither Lawrence Tynes or David Akers. Prediction: Giants 23, 49ers 21.

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Giants' OC Kevin Gilbride has the Giants' offense percolating right now. They are second in the league in total offense behind New England: third in passing, and get this - 12th in rushing.

Last year, the Giants were dead last rushing the football. We wondered out loud if they would ever get anywhere near the days of Earth, Wind and Fire when they averaged a lofty fiver yards per carry.

They are currently averaging 4.8 YPC thanks to a healthier Ahmad Bradshaw and group of capable backups in rookie David Wilson and journeyman Andre Brown. Last week, against Cleveland, Bradshaw carried the ball 30 times for 200 yards.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants, NFL, Editorial Aside, San Francisco 49ers
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The Giants scored 20 points in both of their contests vs the 49ers last season. The way things are looking right now, that might not be enough to get it done against a much-improved San Francisco squad.

The Blue is averaging 30 points per game thus far, but they'll be hard-pressed to reach that number on Sunday. The Niners have given up only ten points in their last ten quarters. Ouch.

Traditional thought tells us that a good defense always beats a good offense. But San Francisco has a good offense, too.

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"It's scary good - scary good....The law of averages say that you're not going to keep getting the breaks, not going to stay at that spot....But if you understand the concept of scary good, then you got a chance. Stay on your toes, keep your guard up, stay paranoid and come out here every day and do what you believe in, which is the preparation."
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The rematch of the 2011 NFC Championship Game should serve as a measuring stick for the New York Giants.

Big Blue (3-2) is coming off of a convincing defeat of the Cleveland Browns, while San Francisco (4-1) has allowed all of 3 points in their last two contests, both against New York teams.

The all-times serious between the Giants and 49ers is knotted at 18 wins a piece, though San Fran owns an 11-8 edge in games at Candlestick Park.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Eli Manning, Jim Harbaugh, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers
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The Giants' next opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, are 4-1 and sit atop the NFC West which suddenly has become the most competitive division in the NFL.

After Week 5, there are 17 teams with a .500 or better record, including all four NFC West clubs ? Arizona, 4-1 (.800); San Francisco, 4-1 (.800); St. Louis, 3-2 (.600); and Seattle, 3-2 (.600).

Twenty teams are in or within one game of first place of their respective divisions, tied with 2005 and 2010 for the most through Week 5 since realignment in 2002. Only one game separates all four clubs in three divisions (AFC East, NFC East and NFC West), the most through Week 5 since realignment in 2002.

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In his first opportunity to shine with his new club, the San Francisco 49ers, former Giant RB Brandon Jacobs will be out of the lineup with a sore knee.

From Matt Maiocco at our affiliate site CSNBayArea.com:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Running back Brandon Jacobs and return man Ted Ginn were among the 49ers' seven inactive players announced 90 minutes prior to the team's regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

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Former Giants WR Mario Manningham officially inked his new contract with the San Francisco 49ers today, but still laments the fact that his old team could not retain him....

"Yeah, I was disappointed, but that?s me knowing the business part of that system. Who wouldn?t want to come back to the team that drafted them? But that?s in the past, and I won a Super Bowl with them. I give them credit for teaching me things. But this is my new team," Mario told reporters today.

He said that he almost signed withe the Rams and that the prospect of playing with Peyton Manning did not sway his decision towards the Bay Area...

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Joe Montana was on Dan Patrick's show yesterday and was grilled on several topics such as which current offensive system he'd like to play in and which of the league's current QBs he preferred. Montana chose Tom Brady, who can tie him and Terry Bradshaw for Super Bowl wins by a QB (4) by beating the Giants Sunday.

Montana made no mention of the Giants at all and it's no wonder. The 49ers may have been the team of the 80's, but let's not forget the Giants defeated the Niners three times in the playoffs during that decade (including 1990), knocking Montana out of two of those games.

From our partners at CNNSE.com....

Tags: Joe Montana, New England Patriots, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady
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The Giants are going to the Super Bowl!

Let that sink in for a moment. For a team that was 7-7 and fresh off a humiliating loss to the Washington Redskins, who here though that reaching the playoffs, let alone making it to the Super Bowl was even remotely possible?

Now the Giants are Super Bowl bound with a rematch set with the New England Patriots. Things can?t much better than they are right now. Everyone in Giants? Land should be on Cloud 9.

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Whoever said that weather would not be factor today, needs to have their head examined.

The 49ers, outside of the TE Vernon Davis 73-yard TD play and one other long incompletion down the middle of the field to WR Michael Crabtree, they have been true to form: conservative.

The Giants held the football for the majority of the first half (over 18 minutes), but did little with it for the most part. ?They had a nice, ten-play, 69-yard drive in the early part of the second quarter that ended in a Eli Manning to Bear Pascoe 6-yard TD pass.

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At GFB and SNY, we are covering every aspect of this game. ?The SNY remote team is at Candlestick with Giants insider Mike Garafolo. He will be tweeting along with all of the other beat writer on our Beat Tweet page. ?Check the tab above for all the latest.

Rich Resch will be covering the game here on the blog with quarterly updates. ?Nobody does it better, folks. Don't miss it.

I will be tweeting from my perch @SNYGiantsBlog - if you aren't following us, you gotta start....

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A few final thoughts before the NFC Championhip Game tonight. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:40. The game will be broadcast on FOX with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman providing the call (which is not a bad thing, b/c if they doing your games late in the season, that means things are going well..)

from Andy Furman of Ultimate NYG....

WHEN SF HAS THE BALL

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Giants-Niners Continue Tradition-Rich History Tonight

It?s been nine years since the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers last played each other in a contest that even approached the magnitude of the game they are about to play on Sunday in San Francisco, when the two adversaries will clash for the right to play in Super Bowl XLVI.

But, especially for a pair of non-divisional rivals on opposite coasts, the Giants-49ers rivalry has been a good one, mostly created through some very memorable postseason games that stretch back three decades, to 1981.

Tags: Giants-49ers, New York Giants, New York Giants History, NFL History, NFL Playoffs, San Francisco 49ers
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The Giants and the 49ers have a long. illustrious rivalry. The Niners were always a team with an explosive passing offense and an inconsistent defense. As great as they were in the Bill Walsh days, it was only when their defense played well that they went to Super Bowls.

The Giants have been traditionally known for their bruising rushing attack and their smothering defense. This time around, the teams have switched personalities.

The 49ers resemble the old Giants and the Giants are more like the 49ers of the 80's. It is a strange thing to watch. ?The one variable to keep an eye on is the Giants' ability to change their personality back to their old form.

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The Giants finally arrived in San Francisco last night after a long travel day. They were grounded at Newark Liberty Airport for two hours due to a mechanical problem and then spent six hours in the air, getting to their hotel less than 24 hours before kickoff, which is not the norm.

But keep in mind, the Giants are the team that was stranded in transit after the collapse of the Metrodome last year. Minor delays won't fluster them at this point of the game anyway. The Giants won't really get a chance to unwind, which means they'll still have their edge tonight.

Before the trip, the Giants were business as usual. QB Eli Manning leads the way with his calmness and professionalism....there's no reason to think anything's changed.

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The Giants (11-7) travel across the country to play the San Francisco 49ers (14-3) for the NFC Championship tonight in a matchup that no sane mind could have predicted at the beginning of the season.

San Francisco is the unlikeliest entry. They finished 6-10 last season and last qualified for the postseason in 2002. First year head coach Jim Harbaugh?(above) did not meet his entire team until training camp, five weeks before the regular season began. He has turned in one of the most remarkable coaching performances in NFL history.

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As the Giants close in on their goal of going to the Super Bowl, only one hurdle remains: beating the San Francisco 49ers on the road.

The Giants have withstood many challenges this year and have persevered to play in the NFC Championship. It?s time to finish what you started. As they say in Big Blue land, we are ?all in? now!

The 49ers bring an athletic, punishing defense to the table and they will be a tough bunch to beat on their home field. Expect this game to be won in the trenches, and as Chris Canty points out, you may just witness a bloodbath.

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From Greg Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com....

For much of his 13-year N.F.L. career, Erik Howard basically did the same thing on every play, and nobody noticed. As the nose tackle in the Giants? 3-4 defensive scheme, his role was as important as it was unglamorous: Play after play, he would engage the offensive linemen in front of him in a furious, split-second sumo wrestling contest. Winning this mini-contest would enable his more famous teammates to succeed on the portion of the play that was actually visible to fans.

Tags: 1990 Giants, 1990 New York Giants, Erik Howard, New York Giants, New York Giants History, NFC Championship Game, NFL, San Francisco 49ers
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If you're planning on taking aim at the Super Bowl, you better get yourself a battle cry or a motto or a slogan to take along with you. That's what the Giants have done with their "All In" campaign.

The origin of the motto is taken from a speech given by a local minister to some of the players the Friday before the regular season game against the Jets. Gian-Paul Gonzalez, who runs a ministry in Union City, handed out poker chips and told the group, "Sometimes we?ve got to step up and be all in. You have to be willing to say, ?I?m going to be all in and risk everything and bet everything.? ? (Read George Willis' article)

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a hit tip to our colleague Andy Furman over at Ultimate NYG for this find....
Since 1970, teams that KO?d the defending NFL champ in the conference playoffs have gone 0-13 SU the next week (1-12 ATS) and lost by at least 7 each time regardless if they were a double-digit home favorite or a road ?dog. (Excluded were teams that advanced next to the Super Bowl, largely because of the two-week break and assorted hoopla before games).

On the other hand, New York recently has proven to be a solid giant killer. Including its January 2008 Super Bowl victory vs. unbeaten New England, the Giants twice have beaten teams in the postseason that had six more regular-season victories than them. No other team in history has done that even once. FYI: San Fran had four more wins than NYG this season.

- Bob Christ, gamingtoday.com

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Here is the Friday injury/practice report for the Giants and the 49ers, who will meet Sunday in the NFC Championship Game...

Giants

Injuries...Questionable: TE Jake Ballard (knee) Probable: C David Baas (illness), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), LB Mark Herzlich (ankle), QB Eli Manning (illness), WR Hakeem Nicks (ankle), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)

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