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Thursday, October 23, 2008
O'Sullivan, ground game were no match

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers' game against the Giants in Week 7 will be remembered as the final game of the Mike Nolan era in San Francisco. Let us also remember it as one of the more forgettable games Frank Gore and the 49ers' offensive line are likely to endure.

Quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan provided the only rushing first down. The Giants shut down the 49ers ground game in every aspect, particularly when San Francisco used the two-tight end groupings that worked so well in previous games.

Those with sturdy constitutions are welcome to digest the full breakdown. This Excel file features one sheet summarizing the 49ers' production by personnel group in Week 7 and another sheet with play-by-play information sortable by quarter, drive number, down, distance, yard line, personnel, play type, ball carrier, yards gained and more.

A few things that stood out in watching this game closely:

1. First-and-10 from the San Francisco 32 on the 49ers' 11th possession. Tuck tackles Frank Gore for a 2-yard loss.
2. First-and-10 from the San Francisco 20 on the 49ers' 12th possession. Tuck beats Sims to sack J.T. O'Sullivan and force a fumble, which the Giants recovered.
3. First and 10 from the San Francisco 36 on the 49ers' 13th and final possession. Tuck beats Sims to sack O'Sullivan and force another fumble.