When San Francisco and New York met in January with a Super Bowl berth on the line, the 49ers committed crucial turnovers and their offense couldn't do much against the Giants' stingy defense.
A similar performance seems unlikely in Sunday's NFC championship game rematch, considering Alex Smith and the 49ers are coming off one of the most impressive offensive showings in NFL history and the Giants are struggling defensively.
San Francisco (4-1) has been eagerly awaiting this game after New York won 20-17 in overtime at Candlestick Park on Jan. 22, costing the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl. The loss was especially disheartening given that Kyle Williams muffed two punt returns - one in the fourth quarter leading to a touchdown and another in OT setting up the Giants' winning field goal - and Michael Crabtree's catch for three yards was the lone reception by a San Francisco receiver.
"Of course after what happened last year I definitely want to get back at ...