49ers Vs. Giants: San Francisco Stifled By New York Defense

The San Francisco 49ers are hosting the New York Giants in what is so far a fairly evenly-matched 2012 NFC Championship Game. As the end of the first half of play draws near, the score is tied, 7-7.

The 49ers were able to get a key sack on Eli Manning on a 3rd-and-2 situation to force the Giants punt and start a drive on their own 16.

Alex Smith pitched the ball to Frank Gore on first down, who seemed to lose his footing behind the line of scrimmage and was tackled for a short loss. Smith opted to let the clock run down to the two-minute warning without a snap, giving the Niners a few moments to plan their approach.

Gore picked up two yards on a carry following the two-minute warning and set up a 3rd-and-9 situation for the Niners on their own 17 yard line. Smith took the shotgun snap but was forced to scramble out of the pocket and was tackled short of the first down. The 49ers had to punt the ball away with 1:49 left in the half.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to their matchup, visit 49ers blog Niners Nation, Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York and SB Nation Bay Area. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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