Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/13/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- The New York Giants had to work overtime to beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in the NFC Championship Game last season. In the rematch Sunday at Candlestick Park, the defending Super Bowl champion Giants took care of business early, handing the 49ers a convincing 26-3 defeat in a battle of NFC heavyweights. The Giants intercepted 49ers quarterback Alex Smith three times, two by safety Antrel Rolle and one by cornerback Prince Amukamara. Smith entered the game with just one interception this season and hadn't had a three-pick game since Dec. 20, 2009, against Philadelphia. The Giants also sacked Smith five times, two of those by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for 193 yards and a touchdown -- a six-yard strike to Victor Cruz -- while Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 27 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Giants and 49ers left Candlestick Park with identical 4-2 records and could meet again in the playoffs, just as they did las...
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