Giants: 24, 49ers: 6

Fast facts Giants record: 6-2 This time last year: 5-3 Time of game: 2:59 Attendance: 63,820 Stat worth noting: The Giants, who have had trouble stopping opponents on third down this season, prevented the Niners from moving the sticks on all but three of their 14 attempts.

Stat worth noting II: The Giants entered the fourth quarter clinging to a 10-6 lead, but held the ball for 11:09 and added two TDs to salt San Fran away.

Turning point: Late in the first half, the 49ers and Cody Pickett were certainly hanging around much more than the Giants would have liked. However, with 1:03 to play in the second quarter, Pickett threw a terrible pass that Brent Alexander picked off before he lateraled to Will Allen, who advanced the ball to the 49ers 41. Then, on a fourth-and-one from the 32, the Giants went for it and Manning threw a perfect pass to Jeremy Shockey, who made a beautiful diving catch into the end zone for a 10-0 halftime lead they would never relinquish.

Play to remember: San Fran receiver Brandon Lloyd turned in just about the best catch you'll ever see. Fortunately for the Giants, it was called back due to a penalty. Lloyd leapt a high as possible, grabbed Pickett's pass with one hand and tucked it away. But instead of getting the ball at the Giants 2-yard line after Lloyd's 31-yard catch, Anthony Clement's holding penalty on Osi Umenyiora brought it all back.

Play to forget: Late in the first quarter, Eli Manning and Tiki Barber collided on a handoff attempt, as Chris Snee's man Julian Peterson penetrated and dropped Barber for a six-yard loss. The Giants were at least fortunate they didn't lose the ball.

By the numbers

1: Number of turnovers in the game, a huge interception by Brent Alexander that helped Big Blue extend its lead to 10-0.

2: Number of fourth downs converted by the Giants, as Tom Coughlin showed full confidence in his offense.

3: Number of gigantic catches by the each member of the dangerous trio of Jeremy Shockey, Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, all of which led directly to touchdowns.

4: Consecutive three-and-outs by the Niners to start the game.

What they said

"It was a hard-fought game no question. We were glad to get a win on the road. This was our first road win, and that's always important. That's special for us and I'm proud." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin

"We are not where we wanted to be at this point at 2-6, but we feel there are an awful lot of things going in the right direction with a lot of young players." – 49ers coach Mike Nolan

What went right

The defense limited San Francisco to only 138 total yards and a mere three yards per play.

The offense started quickly with a 28-yard catch by Jeremy Shockey on the first play that led to New York's first points.

Jeff Feagles was phenomenal, averaging just shy of 40 net yards on his five punts, helping the defense keep the Niners at bay.

The Giants suffered several injuries, but none seemed serious enough to warrant anyone missing any future playing time.

While Cody Pickett may end up being a decent NFL quarterback, the Giants caught him at the right time, as he often looked confused and overmatched by New York's defense.

They clinched another 3-1 quarter, leaving them on pace for a 12-4 finish.

What went wrong

Twice the Giants shot themselves in the foot with penalties that wiped out big plays. Shaun O'Hara's holding infraction negated Plaxico Burress' 22-yard catch in the first quarter, and Luke Petitgout's holding penalty in the second stanza washed away a 30-yard Amani Toomer catch.

In the third period, Joe Nedney missed a 47-yard field goal, but got another chance after the 49ers were called for illegal procedure. Of course, he then calmly drilled the 52-yarder.

The strength of the 49ers defense, the run stoppers, did their job seemingly all afternoon. On numerous occasions, the Giants were stuffed or thrown for a loss in short-yardage situations.

The Giants were flagged 10 times for 81 yards on the afternoon.

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