Found November 12, 2011 on In Reese We Trust:
New York Giants (6-2) at San Francisco 49ers (7-1), 4:15Eastern in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Ben Kelly - 11/12/11What happened last week?San Francisco improved to their best record since 1997 inknocking off the Redskins in DC, 19-11. The 49ers are 4-0 in road games and returnto the Bay Area for a two game home stretch. Candlestick Park is the site ofJim Harbaugh’s lone loss this season, where the Niners fell in overtime in weektwo to Dallas. San Francisco reeled off six straight wins largely because ofits defense, good for second in the NFL in scoring defense and second indefensive turnovers. San Francisco’s formula against Washington captured itsmodel throughout the six game win streak: Frank Gore rushing for 100+ yards,efficient play from Alex Smith (one interception during win streak) and disruptivedefense (2+ turnovers in seven of eight games). San Francisco holds a five gamelead in the NFC West. San Francisco’s weak spot is…If you had to p...

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