David D’Annibale, Staff Writer |
For the second straight week the Giants lost, this time to the 49ers with a final score of 36-9. Since their last game, the 49ers were able to overcome multiple injuries to help win against the Giants at MetLife Stadium this Sunday. The team lost defensive ends Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas for the entire season due to injuries as well as had their backup quarterback Nick Mullen start for the game.
In the first quarter, the 49ers were the first team to score after a nice drive by Mullens. Kicker Robbie Gould punted a 52-yard field goal to make the score 3-0. On the Giants’ first drive, quarterback Daniel Jones fumbled the ball after failing to pitch to tight end, Evan Engram. The Giants’ defense held the 49ers out of the endzone, but the 49ers were still able to take advantage by kicking a 32-yard field goal. At the end of the first quarter, the 49ers led 6-0.
On the Giants’ first drive in the second quarter, they were able to score after their kicker Graham Gano made a 52-yard field goal making the score 6-3. After the 49ers missed a field goal, the Giants were able to drive inside 49er territory and tie the game with a field goal making the score 6-6. The 49ers took the lead on their next drive after a 75-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Jerick McKinnon. Down by a touchdown, Jones threw his first interception of the game. The 49ers took advantage by scoring a field goal pushing their lead to ten points, leaving the score 16-6 at the end of the second quarter.
The Giants had the ball to start the third quarter and needed to score. The Giants were able to score after a 53-yard drive that ended in another field goal, cutting the deficit to seven. However, the Giants wouldn’t score again for the rest of the game. The 49ers scored 20 unanswered points to close out the game. The Giants’ offense was unable to get going as they couldn’t convert on the fourth down and another costly interception by Jones. Mullens had an excellent performance for the 49ers, throwing for 343 passing yards and one touchdown. Rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk had a great day for the 49ers. Aiyuk caught five passes for 70 yards and had one rushing touchdown. The Giants struggled on both sides of the ball and committed too many costly penalties. The Giants also struggled running the ball on Sunday. The team is searching for a running back after Saquon Barkley was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Devante Freeman signed with the Giants earlier in the week and is expected to help fill the role as the lead back.
The 49ers will look to win their third straight game as they take on the 0-2-1 Eagles Sunday night at home. The Giants will try to win their first game of the year as they face off against the 2-1 Rams at 4:05 P.M.