Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw runs for 116 yards against tough 49ers defense
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ahmad Bradshaw's game can be summed up in one word: fight.
It was the word he used over and over again Sunday, describing the attitude and energy he and his offensive linemen used in doing something only one other running back had been able to do against the 49ers since 2008.
Bradshaw ran for 116 yards on 27 carries, only the second player to reach triple-digits against the Niners in the last 44 games. The only other one was Marshawn Lynch, who did it late last year for the Seahawks.
"We just kept fighting," he said. "If there's anybody I want to fight with, it's these guys [on the offensive line]."
It was the second game in a row in which Bradshaw went over 100 yards. A week after piercing the Browns for 200 on the ground, this 116 was nearly half as much but must have been twice as difficult, huh?
"It really wasn't," Bradshaw said. Did the Giants wear the 49ers down? "I think so."
The stat sheet showed that. The Giants had only 23 rushing yards in the first half, but on the opening drive of the second half, they matched that total. Bradshaw carried the ball the whole drive, including the last yard of it, when he met linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the goal line and wiggled through for a 1-yard score to make it 17-3.
"I was able to keep fighting," Bradshaw said. "Bowman grabbed me at the 1 and I just used my momentum to swing into the end zone."
With backup Andre Brown sidelined by a concussion and rookie David Wilson still trying to find a role in the base offense, it's been the Bradshaw Show for a while. He's had 56 carries in the last two games. "You're going to have to hog-tie [Bradshaw] to get him down," Tom Coughlin said. "He does fall forward most of the time."
Bradshaw ran behind a line that blocked its way to 149 rushing yards and didn't allow a sack of Eli Manning. That was a big key for a team that allowed its quarterback to be pounded by six sacks and 12 hits in the NFC title game.
"I think everybody was sick and tired of hearing about last year," guard Chris Snee said, speaking for the line. "The only way to put that to rest was to go out and [play]."
Play. And fight.