By the numbers: 49ers beat Giants

It wasn't the most visually appealing win for the 49ers Sunday in East Rutherford, but they improved to 6-4 after two straight road wins. Now, they enter a stretch run that features four home games over the next six weeks, including just one more plane ride this season up to Seattle.

The 49ers are coming off a stretch in which four of their last five games were on the road. They finished 2-2, and now are in a a more favorable position for a run at the playoffs after Sunday's 16-10 win over the Giants.

It wasn't a great game offensively as their red zone struggles continued. The 49ers entered the day as the NFL's second-worst red zone offense and went 0-4 on their trips. Their one touchdown came from 48-yards out when Michael Crabtree ran past the New York secondary for his fourth score of the season.

Let's take a look at 15 key numbers from the game.


That was the 49ers' run-pass ratio. They are 5-0 when they run as many times or more than they pass. They are 1-4 in games when they pass more than they run.


Frank Gore's average yards per carry - his second-best clip of the season. He averaged 5.94 in Oct. 5's win over the Kansas City Chiefs.


The number of points scored off Eli Manning's five interceptions. The 49ers won by six, but this would have been the most telling stat had they lost.


The number of snaps for fullback Bruce Miller. When Miller plays 30 or more snaps, the 49ers are 5-0.


The numbers of yards after the catch on Crabtree's 48-yard touchdown. Per ESPN Stats and Info, Crabtree had not had more than 31 YAC in a game before Sunday.


The rate the 49ers pressured the quarterback, courtesy of our friends at Pro Football Focus. The secondary that forced five picks spoke very highly of the pass rush that had Aldon Smith back for the first time this season. Coming into Sunday, San Francisco pressured quarterbacks at a 27.9-percent clip. Their next-best game pressure-wise came in Oct. 23's loss to the Rams- 39.1 percent.


The number of tackles for Chris Borland during his three starts in the place of Patrick Willis. He's inserting himself into the team-MVP discussion should he continue to play at this level if San Francisco can get back to the postseason. He's also on the short list for NFL defensive rookie of the year.


The number of rookies that played 50 or more snaps on defense: outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (67), Borland (60) and corner Dontae Johnson (56). All made big plays throughout the game, including Lynch...


Lynch's number of quarterback pressures (9 hurries, 1 sack), per Pro Football Focus. While Lynch continues to ascend, the 49ers' have to love the potential they're seeing our of their fifth-round pick. Smith had six hurries in his 54 snaps. They 49ers are going to have to continue to pressure the quarterback at that clip, particularly against teams that like to push the ball down field, like Arizona, Green Bay and Detroit. But the Ahmad Brooks situation will be worth keeping an eye on.


The number of completions and targets combined to Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis. It's clear Davis is a shell of himself and cannot adjust to the ball down field because of his back injury that he said will likely stay with him for the remainder of the season. His catch radius has is about as wide as his shoulder pads right now.

He finished with one catch for 7 yards Sunday and has caught just nine of his last 23 targets (39 percent). He caught 59 percent of his targets in 2013. Crabtree, meanwhile, has caught three of eight targets in consecutive weeks. However, he made the two most important receptions in the wins over the Saints and Giants.


Colin Kaepernick's completion rate over his last two games. He completed 64.2 percent of his throws in the previous eight.


Sacks allowed by the 49ers' offensive line. The Giants came in with 17 sacks in their first nine games.


Pro Football Focus' grade on Vance McDonald from Sunday, tied for the highest of his career with last year's game against the Falcons. His 2.9 run-blocking grade was also a career best.


Drops for Anquan Boldin after dropping four prior against the Saints. Boldin finished with five catches on six targets for 53 yards.


The number of games the first-place the Arizona Cardinals (9-1) are up on both the 49ers and Seahawks, who both sit at 6-4. The Cardinals beat the Lions 14-6 Sunday. The Chiefs beat Seattle 24-20.

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