Story and Photos by R. Mascardo
SANTA CLARA—The November 12 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants may have looked unexciting on paper, considering the teams came into the night with just three wins between them.
But it was a thriller that went down to the final play as the Giants held off the 49ers, 27-23, to come out of Levi’s Stadium with a win.
The 49ers took a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter with a field goal from Robbie Gould.
But the Giants responded with a nine-play drive that put them up 27-23 after an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with less than a minute remaining.
The 49ers moved the ball down to the New York 21-yard line on the next possession and had one final play with one second left on the clock.
But quarterback Nick Mullens threw the ball out of the end zone sealing the win for the Giants.
Manning finished 19 of 31 for 188 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to wide receiver Odell Beckham.
Mullens went 27-of-39 for 259 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Running back Matt Breida played a strong offense for the 49ers, running for 101 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries along with three catches for 31 yard and a touchdown.
Tight end George Kittle also chipped in nine catches for 83 yards in the loss.
For the Giants, running back Saquon Barkley was held to 61 yards on 20 carries while adding four catches for 33 yards.
NEXT: The 49er play Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 25 and the Seahawks on December 2 before they play at home against the Denver Broncos on December 9