The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
The 49ers converted four first downs on their first five third-down opportunities.
Randy Moss caught two passes for 75 yards, including one for a 55-yard gain.
Mario Manningham had a 36-yard reception.
Andy Lee had a 49.3-yard net average on four punts.
The 49ers' defense limited the Giants to field goals on successive third-quarter possessions beginning deep in San Francisco territory. One of those drives began at the 12-yard line. The other began at the 5.
The 49ers remain tied for first place in the NFC West.
Looking ahead: The 49ers are home against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7.