SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants outplayed and certainly out-passed the 49ers in the first half, but they could only build a 10-3 halftime lead. Quarterback Eli Manning threw for 176 yards and a touchdown, and the 49ers secondary appeared overmatched by the Giants receivers.
However, a blocked field goal just before the end of the half and a curious decision to run Ahmad Bradshaw once inside the red zone left points off the board.
In particular, the Giants used the mismatch of Domenik Hixon against third 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver to get themselves in scoring position three times. Hixon caught four balls for 78 yards, and all of that came against Culliver.
But the Giants couldn't capitalize on that matchup after passing their way to a first down at the 49ers' 17. They then went with three straight runs that netted seven yards before Lawrence Tynes kicked a 34-yard field goal for the 10-3 advantage.