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Giants face tough test against 49ers

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants Credit: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants. (Getty Images)

The Giants offense hasn't looked this potent in years. Big Blue has posted 36 points or more in all three of its victories, including a 41-27 explosion against the Browns last Sunday. Points will be a bit harder to come by against the 49ers, who allow a league-low 13.6 per game. Here's how the Giants can get past San Francisco on Sunday.

Contain the ground game
The Niners are tops in the NFL when it comes to running the ball, and there really isn't a close second. Frank Gore splits his carries roughly 2-to-1 with Kendall Hunter andboth are averaging about 5.5 yards per carry. Linebackers Chase Blackburn and Michael Boley need to be on top of their game to keep San Francisco in check.

Pound the rock
Part of what has made the Giants such an offensive juggernaut this year has been a potent rush attack. Ahmad Bradshaw enters the matchup fresh off a 200-yard game against Cleveland, and backup Andre Brown offers a reliable substitute. However, few teams stuff the run like San Francisco. A 100-yard day for the Giants would certainly bode well for their chances.

Trust in Eli
As good as the 49ers are against the run, they're even better against the pass. Opponents are averaging 181.2 yards per game through the air against the tough San Francisco defense. In last year's NFC title game against the Niners, it took Eli Manning 58 pass attempts to accumulate 316 passing yards - coincidentally, the same yards per game he's averaging this year. Manning has a history of rising to the occasion, and the Giants will need this to be one of those times.

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