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.
After missing one game with a hamstring strain, defensive end Ray McDonald is active and is expected to be back in the 49ers' starting lineup. Who are the 49ers and Giants inactive players?
The man under the hood is former 49ers quarterback David Carr. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft attended every 'Camp Alex' session last summer. Will his knowledge of the 49ers' playbook help the Giants win?
Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, and Eli Manning, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft square off Sunday in San Francisco. Will the two quarterbacks dictate the outcome of the game?
The 49ers players are well aware of the jabs the Giants' Justin Tuck took at Alex Smith Friday. But they aren't biting.
Frank gore sprained his right ankle during the 49ers' 19-11 victory over the Redskins last Sunday. However, he practiced Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game. What about Ray McDonald?
Is Jason Pierre-Paul a pass-rushing superstar, or is there something more to his 9.5 sacks? We analyzed every sack and it was revealing.
DE Ray McDonald, who missed last week's game with a hamstring strain, was back on the practice field. He's just a little behind Frank Gore in his recovery, who also got a positive update Thursday.
Running back Frank Gore was upbeat Thursday at his locker prior to 49ers practice, saying he feels much better than he did the week earlier this season that he was listed as questionable with an ankle sprain.
It's only the mid-point of the season for Alex Smith and the 49ers, but there will be a lot at stake when San Francisco faces the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park.
Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Braylon Edwards were among the offensive weapons that had a limited participation in practice Wednesday. Matt Maiocco has the full report for both the 49ers and Giants.
This week, the Skywalker name found its way into the 49ers playbook. And with that name, don't expect a little 5-yard button hook.