Forget about the Giants defense being weak in 2007, as Sunday this unit proved once again why they very well might be the comeback story of the season. After going 0-2, the Giants continue to roll as they won their fifth straight on Sunday, pounding the Trent Dilfer led 49’ers 33-15 at the Meadowlands. The Giants defense, led by Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan and others accounted for a big outing on an afternoon when the offense took the day off.
New York forced four turnovers, including a fumble that Umenyiora took back 75 yards for a score. Strahan did his part, with 2.5 sacks, his biggest outing since 2003. The offense was led by QB Eli Manning, who threw two scores, and Brandon Jacobs, who ran for 107 yards and another score. The Giants defense has given up just 53 points in its last five games, not counting 17 points on special teams and offensive mistakes.
Dilfer was on the run all day for the 49’ers and finished 23-of-38 for 209 yards in his second start. RB Frank Gore finished with 88 yards on 14 carries The 49’ers fall to 2-4, and have lost four straight since starting out 2-0 to start the season with wins over the Cardinals and Rams.
Manning was 18-of-31 for 146 yards with the two scores. The Giants built a 19-7 halftime lead with two TD’s and two Lawrence Tynes field goals. They then sealed the game with Umenyiora’s fumble return about two minutes into the third quarter to go up 26-7.