The New York Giants started five-for-seven on third down in the 2012 NFC Championship Game. Since that point, they have gone two-for-13. That's a pretty succinct explanation of why the Giants have just 17 points in this game, and it's also why the San Francisco 49ers can now win in overtime with a field goal.
The Giants did not go three and out in overtime, as they did multiple times in the second half and fourth quarter, but Eli Manning was unable to get anything going on the first possession of the first NFC Championship Game played under the NFL's new overtime rules.
That means that the 49ers can win the game with any points on their first drive of overtime.
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