Veteran kicker David Akers is making the 49ers look smart for signing him over the offseason. Never was that more clear than Sunday, when he made four field goals and executed a perfect surprise onside kick.
The 49ers had an idea that the Giants would be looking to stop the run and force Alex Smith to beat them with his arm. The 49ers' quarterback did just that en route to a seventh straight win.
"He's a guy that they're trying to keep out of the position of having to win the football game," Justin Tuck said, among other things, about Alex Smith this week. After Smith's performance Sunday, Tuck changed his tune.
Frank Gore left Sunday's game against the Giants with a knee injury. Gore has been nursing an ankle injury but a knee issue limited him to six carries for 0 yards.