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The New York Giants edged out the 49ers thanks to an Eli Manning TD pass with 20 seconds remaining

The 49ers were dealt a crushing loss in the final minute of Sunday night's game.

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey - Larry Donnell's 12-yard touchdown catch over NaVorro Bowman thwarted what could have been the 49ers' second win of the season.

The 49ers put together their best all around performance since their season opening win over the Vikings, only to have Eli Manning deal Jim Tomsula's a heart-wrenching loss with his second touchdown pass of the game, coming with 20 seconds remaining, giving New York the 30-27 victory.

San Francisco was behind for most of the game, until they took a lead late in the fourth quarter. It appeared the game was over, when cornerback Tramaine Brock intercepted Manning on that final drive. But replay review proved the ball hit the ground while Brock attempting to make the catches, breathing life back into the two-time Super Bowl winner.

Manning completed 41 of 54 for 441 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, which came in the end zone to Brock at the end of the first half.

After three straight rough outings, Colin Kaepernick threw a pair of touchdowns, completing 23 of 35 for 262 yards and did not turn the ball over. The 49ers (1-4) have lost four straight games.

Running back Carlos Hyde gave the 49ers the lead with 1:45 remaining with a two-yard run over left guard, culminating an encouraging seven-play, 80-yard drive taking 2:44, which Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin for 26 yards, which followed a 25-yard bubble screen to Torrey Smith.

The Giants, who were without their top two receivers because of hamstring injuries, drove into to the 49ers' 12, thanks to a 23-

Kaepernick threw his first touchdown since the second game of the season in the third quarter, which tied the game at 13, when he found Anquan Boldin in the right flat from three yards out. It was Kaepernick's first touchdown pass since the second half of Week 2's 43-18 loss to the Steelers.

The 10-play, 88-yard drive was highlighted by one of Kaepernick's better throws of the season, when he hit Boldin for a 37-yard gain up the right side of the field. Carlos Hyde ran for 35 yards on four carries, after netting just 12 yards on eight runs in the first half.The Giants would reclaim the lead with 1:14 in the third, when Manning found Beckham on the left flat. Beckham spun toward the sideline, leaving cornerback Kenneth Acker in his wake, and won the race to the front pylon, making it 20-13.San Francisco tied the game at 20 with 11:49 remaining, when Kaepernick found tight end Garrett Celek in the middle of the end zone. Kaepernick converted three third downs on the drive, including the touchdown, and was aided by a 28-yard pass interference penalty on rookie safety Landon Collins, who hit receiver Torrey Smith well before the ball arrived.Without Beckham, who suffered an apparent hamstring injury during his touchdown play, the Giants notched another field goal.

The 49ers offense, which came into Sunday night's game against the Giants as lowest-scoring unit in the NFL, could only muster a pair of field goals in the first half, and were down 13-6 before going to the locker room.

At the end of the first half, the Giants drove deep into 49ers' territory, in under a minute, with the help of two 18-yard completions to tight end Will Tye and receiver Dwayne Harris. But Manning threw an interception to cornerback Tramaine Brock while looking for Odell Beckham Jr. in the right corner of the end zone. with :05 remaining.

The 49ers and Giants both hit field goals on their opening drives, with a 49-yard connection from Eli Manning to Beckham setting up Josh Brown’s 22-yard field goal. Beckham got behind Brock while safety Eric Reid arrived late.

The Giants elected to kick the field goal on fourth and 2 despite running back Rashad Jennings averaging four yards per carry on the drive.

Interception aside, Manning was efficient in the first half, completing 21 of 28 for 227 yards. Beckham paced the game with five catches for 89 yards. 

San Francisco opened the game with a 43-yard Phil Dawson field goal after Kaepernick found Bruce Ellington on bubble screens for his first two completions of the game, including a 30-yarder aided by a good kick-out block from left tackle Joe Staley.

Running back Shane Vareen scored the Giants’ first touchdown, when he beat NaVorro Bowman on a short out toward the right sideline. The score was catalyzed by another big play to Beckham, who beat rookie safety Jaquiski Tartt with a move from the left slot, and then put a move on safety Antoine Bethea leading to a 31 yards.

That play came on a third-and-7, which was the result after San Francisco was penalized for 12 men on the field when defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey did not substitute out of the game, negating a potential third-and-12 play.

The Giants made it 13-3  after Harris dropped a third-down pass, leading to a 41-yard field goal with 3:47 remaining in the half.

The 49ers host the Baltimore Ravens next week.


Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.

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