The Rewind: D makes opening statement


The Giants' defense turned in a dominant performance against the Niners on Sunday. Just check out the numbers: 80 rushing yards allowed, six sacks, three interceptions.

Impressive stuff, especially against a team that had gained 621 yards the week before.

According to Tom Coughlin, the Giants' D set the tone early against San Francisco.

"I thought that we did an outstanding job of just hanging in there in the very beginning when they unleashed their first 15 or 20 plays and moved up and down the field a couple of times, the offense hardly ever getting the ball in the first quarter. We hung in over giving up three points and that was most critical to us," Coughlin said. "After that, it kind of evened out."


Before the Giants' defense put the clamps down on the Niners, it put up a bend-but-don't break first quarter.

San Fran opened the game with a 12-play, 50-yard drive in the first six minutes of the quarter. On a third-and-6 from the Giants' 26, Jason Pierre-Paul stopped Frank Gore for no gain. David Akers then missed a 43-yard field goal.

The Giants then went three-and-out and San Francisco took over at its own 15.

Alex Smith led the Niners on a 12-play, 60-yard drive. On the drive, the Giants held Gore to 5 yards on two carries, which made it easier for the front seven to pressure Smith.

The drive ended with a 42-yard field goal from Akers.

From there, the Giants scored 26 unanswered points in the statement win.

"We played outstanding defense, let's face it," Coughlin said. "We played a team that had been on fire and we played very well, very sound, didn't give up a lot of big plays, gave some up, but hung in there and battled and scrapped."