In a matter of months, Jim Harbaugh has transformed the San Francisco 49ers into an NFL power.
Yet none of them could have envisioned it going quite this well: pulling off a monumental win in Week 10 against fellow NFC division leader New York that could go a long way toward a possible first-round bye come January.
''I don't take any credit. It's these men. These mighty, strong men,'' Harbaugh said. ''They deserve the credit.''
Justin Smith batted down Eli Manning's pass in the closing seconds of the quarterback's latest comeback attempt, and San Francisco stopped the Giants on fourth down for a 27-20 victory in Sunday's NFC showdown.
The Niners hadn't celebrated a victory of this magnitude in nearly nine years, since rallying from 24 points down to stun the Giants 39-38 in the NFC wild-card game.
''This is big. I'm happy I'm a part of it,'' running back Frank Gore said. ''I hope we keep it ...