The Niners came up with another big stop on New York's first possession of the half, forcing a punt. San Francisco started on their own 32 yard line and quarterback Alex Smith was sacked on the first play of the possession for a significant loss. On 2nd and 17, Smith hooked up with Frank Gore for a gain of three yards. The Niners were charged with a false start and found themselves looking at a 3rd-and-19 situation.Smith took the snap out of the shotgun, shook off a tackle and scrambled out of bounds. There was a flag on the play as the Giants were charged with illegal contact prior to Smith being forced out of the pocket, giving the 49ers a new first down.
Kendall Hunter took a pitch and reversed to the right side, cutting through the New York defense and picking up a first down for San Francisco. Frank Gore picked up four yards on the next play with a run up the middle. Smith targeted Vernon Davis on 2nd-and-6, but the pass came up short. Smith was pressured again and saw another pass get broken up, leading to another San Francisco punt.
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