The San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants are all tied up in the fourth quarter of the 2012 NFC Championship Game. The score stands at 17-17 with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter.
Kyle Williams was able to grab some small measure of redemption after allowing a Giants punt to glance off his knee a few minutes earlier, leading to a Giants recovery and go-ahead touchdown. On the kickoff, Williams returned the ball 40 yards to start the San Francisco drive at their own 45-yard line.
Alex Smith started the drive by overthrowing Delanie Walker downfield. There was a flag on the play for illegal hands to the face by the Giants, leading to a new first down and a five-yard gain to put the Niners at midfield. Alex Smith was forced out of the pocket on the next snap and found room to run, picking up another first down. Smith then pitched to Kendall Hunter, who ran for another 18 yards and yet another San Francisco first down, putting them in the Giants red zone.
Smith completed a pass to Gore for a gain of five yards to get the team to the 10-yard line. Smith faked a handoff but was pressured into throwing the ball away. Smith completed a pass to Michael Crabtree short of the first down, which was the first pass of the game to a 49ers wide receiver.
David Akers came on for the 25-yard field goal attempt. He nailed it to tie the game with 5:43 left in regulation.
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