Niners look to take advantage of reeling Giants

The NFL is giving the New York Giants a rare chance for a do-over.

A week after their fourth-quarter debacle in Seattle, the reeling Giants (3-6) will get a chance to get things right this time when they face the 49ers today.

The color of the jersey may be different, but Tom Coughlin's team should know what to expect.

The Niners (5-4) feature an option quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, a strong running back in Frank Gore and one of the NFL's top defenses.

It's similar to last week when the cast of characters were Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman and company.

New York stayed with Seattle for three quarters before getting blown out 38-17 in a game in which Seattle rushed for 350 yards and had 510 yards in total offense in handing New York its fourth straight loss.

San Francisco comes east off a big win in New Orleans, when it rallied to tie the game late and won 27-24 in overtime when its defense forced a fumble to set up a game-winning field goal.

The Giants are in need of a win. They not only trail Philadelphia (7-2) and Dallas (7-3) in the NFC East, they have losses to Arizona (8-1), Detroit (7-2) and Seattle (6-3) in the event they finish tied at the end of the regular season.

San Francisco can't afford a loss either. It is a game behind Green Bay (6-3) and Seattle in the playoff hunt. The Seahawks pounded the Giants with their running game and the 49ers have the backs to do the same thing this week.

“It's what we want to do, be balanced,” San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin said.

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