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SAN FRANCISCO â€• This time, Mario Manningham made the play.
With 8:41 left in regulation and the Giants facing third-and-15 from the San Francisco 17, Manningham lined up in the slot. At the snap, he ran upfield, slanted to the inside,Michael Kors Canada Outlet Cheap Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online (32), and leaped to catch a picture-perfect pass from Eli Manning in the end zone.
The fourth-quarter touchdown gave the Giants a three-point lead in their eventual 20-17 NFC Championship Game victory Sunday night over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime at Candlestick Park. And for Manningham, it also provided a measure of redemption, even if it was his lone catch of the game.
The last time the Giants had faced the Michael Kors Outlet Online Niners, on Nov. 13, Big Blue left Candlestick Park with a 27-20 loss, and Manningham had failed to dive for a late Manning TD pass that would have tied the game.
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â€śHe made the play,â€ť said fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks. â€śThat was big.â€ť
TOM KNOWS SCORE
On Saturday night, Tom Coughlin gave a moving speech â€• and the coach also predicted the Michael Kors Outlet Online Store margin of victory, receiver Devin Thomas said.
â€śHe said we would win by a field goal,â€ť Thomas said.
The Giants took note of that after Sundayâ€™s win. According to Nicks, theyâ€™ll expect that Coughlinâ€™s next prediction will come true as well.
â€śYeah, he said that,â€ť Nicks said. â€śNow, we believe.â€ť
Perry Fewell could have a few options whenever the Giantsâ€™ season is over. According to a report on CBS on Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts are interested in speaking to the defensive coordinator about their head coaching vacancy. And as the Daily News reported two weeks ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also are expected to ask permission to interview Fewell when the season is over.
Both teams missed their window to talk to Fewell during the week before the divisional playoff round. Now they canâ€™t even seek permission to talk to him until after the Super Bowl.
THIRD AND WRONG
Niners quarterback Alex Smith said he felt â€ścrappyâ€ť after the loss.
The 49ers, often facing third and long,Michael Kors Bags Uk Cheap Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online \(20\), were just 1-for-13 on third down and that one conversion came on the last play of the first half when the Giants were defending the deep ball. Smith completed just one ball to a wide receiver.
â€śWe were awful on third down. We got ourselves in a lot of third and longs and even when we were third and manageable we didnâ€™t convert. Itâ€™s just bad,â€ť he explained. â€śI think it was the difference between us . . . I mean, really, on offense that was what stands out to me between us controlling the game a little bit more.â€ť
Asked how the Giants took away his wide receivers, Smith said, â€śThey were good. They mixed it up a lot today, coverage-wise. It wasnâ€™t one thing that jumps out at me. They pressed us, they played coverage, they played Cover 2 . . . mixed it up all throughout the game. We just werenâ€™t able to get into a rhythm, get any guys going outside. It limited us.â€ť
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â€śWeâ€™re proud of the way our players played,â€ť Harbaugh said. â€śThey prepared, they worked, they Buy Michael Kors competed. It wasnâ€™t there for us today and in a lot of ways we played well enough to win and we donâ€™t come away with it. It will take a while to get over it but weâ€™ll get over it. This team is not defeated by any stretch of the imagination. A man can be destroyed but he canâ€™t be defeated.â€ť
Nicks injured his shoulder in the first quarter, but returned and finished with five catches for 55 yards. He said he fell on the AC joint in his shoulder, but added that he did not think the injury was serious. . . . Center David Baas briefly left the game for a drive,Michael Kors Hamilton Tote Cheap Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online (28), but he said he was merely â€śhit in the ribs.â€ť He plans to rest this week and hopefully be recovered by next week. â€śAdd it to my list of injuries,â€ť Baas said. . . . Baas, who played for the 49ers last season, said he spoke with a few of his ex-teammates after the game, and they wished him well against the Patriots. â€śThey said go get that Super Bowl title,â€ť he said. â€śThey know these things donâ€™t come along often. Our jobâ€™s not done yet.â€ť