EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --The fourth quarter couldn't have been scarier for the New York Giants on Sunday. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was on the sideline with a hamstring injury, and the woeful San Francisco 49ers had come back to take a four-point lead in the final two minutes. But Beckham returned to the field just as quarterback Eli Manning was leading an 82-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a Larry Donnell catch in the back of the end zone in a 30-27 victory.
What it means: The Giants have started 3-2 for the second season in a row and sit alone in first place in the NFC East. With the Cowboys ravaged by injuries, and Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington all 2-3, the Giants can take control of this banged-up division if they beat the Eagles and Cowboys in the next two weeks.
What were they thinking? The Giants were in easy field goal range with 11 seconds left in the first half and up 13-6 when Manning tried to force the ball to Beckham and threw an interception in the end zone. It was a bad decision and throw that cost the Giants points and a bigger lead going into halftime.
One reason to be excited: After a few early drops, Dwayne Harris continued to get reps as the Giants' slot receiver, and he made a couple of big third-down catches in the second half. The Giants need consistent production from that spot.
One reason to panic: The Giants' continued inability to generate any kind of pass rush allowed a clearly jittery Colin Kaepernick to get very comfortable in the second half. The Niners drove down the field repeatedly to stay in the game and nearly won.
Fantasy watch: It was Beckham's 17th career game and the ninth in which he exceeded 100 yards receiving. He finished with seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Ouch: Middle linebacker Jon Beason suffered a concussion on the first drive of the game and did not return. Safety Brandon Meriweather sprained his knee. Rueben Randle injured his hamstring late and was on the sideline during the Giants' game-winning drive.