Looking back at Giants-49ers

October, 21, 2008
10/21/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I went back and watched some of the Giants game in the Beast film room this morning. The defense was superb, but the offense wasn't that efficient. Should we chalk that up to the 49ers being a little underrated on defense or the Giants not executing?

Probably a little bit of both if you ask me. Mike Singletary has done a great with the 49ers' linebackers and Patrick Willis is the real deal. Mike Garafolo does a nice job of breaking down the game on his Star-Ledger blog, which deserves a much better display.

Garafolo thought defensive tackle Fred Robbins got cheated out of a half-sack, but he'll resume his torrid pace against the Steelers. Jon Kitna was the only quarterback sacked more than Big Ben last season. Unless something changes, defensive end Justin Tuck and Robbins should both make their first trips to the Pro Bowl after the season. Tuck's a no-brainer, but Robbins has been flying under the radar. He's quietly become a force in the league, and he's a big part of why the Giants are ranked second behind the Titans in sack differential.

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