This morning, the New York Giants (3-6) will play host to the San Francisco 49ers (5-4) at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The 49ers are coming off of a 27-24 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Giants are coming off of a 38-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The week, the 49ers announced that star linebacker Patrick Willis' season would be coming to an end. He will have surgery to repair a muscle strain in the big toe on his left foot.
Rookie linebacker Chris Borland has filled in well in place of Willis. He recovered the fumble in overtime last weekend against the Saints that led to the Phil Dawson game-winning field goal. He has had a combined 35 tackles in the past two games.
Beginning with today's game, the 49ers will be welcoming back linebacker Aldon Smith, who has completed a league issued nine-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. His return is just in time as the 49ers hope to make a strong late-season push and make the playoffs. The team remains in third place in the NFC West, three games behind the division leading Arizona Cardinals and a game behind the Seahawks.
The Giants have currently lost four straight games. Last weekend, they gave up an embarrassing 350 rushing yards to the Seahawks, which is just 16 short of the franchise record set in 1978.
Eli Manning's QB rating is 93.1, which matches his career high from 2009. After a rough start to the season, he has just one interception in his past five games.
The Giants offense will get a boost today as they welcome back running back Rashad Jennings, who missed the past four games with a knee injury. He was averaging 4.4 yards per carry for the team. In fact, the Giants averaged 83.3 rushing yards per game in their past four losses. In their three wins preceding that, they averaged 157 yards per game -- a huge difference.
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The 49ers have never played the Giants at MetLife Stadium. However, they are 1-0 at MetLife Stadium, having beaten the New York Jets there in 2012.
With a win today, Jim Harbaugh would improve his record against NFC East opponents to 7-2, including 3-0 this season.
The 49ers defense has given up just 16 rushing plays of 10 or more yards this season, ranking 2nd best in the NFL.
Since taking over as a starting linebacker during Week 7, Chris Borland ranks 1st in the NFL with 43 tackles.
The 49ers have rushed for 122.2 yards per game this season, which ranks 4th in the NFC and 9th in the NFL.
The 49ers rank 17th with 343.9 yards per game. The Giants rank 18th with 343.4 yards per game.
The 49ers rank 3rd, allowing 306.4 yards per game. The Giants rank 32nd, allowing 404.9 yards per game.
The Giants beat the 49ers 26-3 in 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
The game kicks off at 10:00 AM PT.
The 49ers are 3.5 point favorites.
At Yahoo! Sports, 73% of fans believe that the 49ers will win this game. Within our Pick 'em contest, 95% of fans believe that the 49ers will win this game.
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