Didn't see the game live but watching SF on NFL Replay last night made me see the 49ers are a good but not great team. Never mind the hold on Ballard by an "All Pro" linebacker in week 10, or the fact that 49er coach claimed, (Willis) never used his hands-(PS coach, hands are attatched to arms).
Alex Smith is a good runner but not a good scrambler, he doesn't avoid pressure well and throws from a "spot" from either a 3 step or 5 step drop. Get him moving around the pocket and he is not accurate. The Giants have seen the numerous sub packages and formations on Offense. A well prepared Giant defense is not going to give up big runs because the 49ers ran an unbalanced line.
The 49er defense is full of Pro Bowl players, I'm not buying it. They have been described as tough, physical team???? The Giants are clearly afraid of this wealth of talent and gritty phyical defense as apparently the Giants are a finesse team who can't punch people in the mouth.