The Niners were able to stop the New York Giants on the opening possession in overtime, under the new NFL overtime rules. On first down, Alex Smith faked a pitch and came up short on a pass to Kyle Williams. A handoff to Frank Gore resulted in a loss of two yards, leaving the 49ers quickly looking at 3rd-and-12 on their own 21 yard line.
Smith took the snap out of shotgun and completed to Vernon Davis, who was tackled just short of the first down. The field position make a fourth-down conversion attempt too risky and the 49ers punted it away.
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