SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers flips a pass to fullback Moran Norris #44 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Monster Park October 28, 2007 in San Francisco, California. New Orleans won 31-10. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)
Last week, the Giants showed everyone that the only thing you need to beat the 49ers' physical, intimidating, opportunistic team is to have a physical, intimidating, opportunistic team of your own with a better quarterback. Here's some specifics on how New York earned their road victory (and how the Seahawks can pull off the same feat tonight):
1) Pressure Alex Smith
Through most of his career Smith has been best known for his almost preternatural ability to throw panicked, back-breaking interceptions at the drop of a hat. Under the tutelage of Harbaugh the Angrier, however, Smith has become a reasonably competent game manager who is mainly asked to throw the ball in order to give San Francisco's running backs a rest between carries.