NFC Championship Game | 49ers vs. NY Giants

NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: The San Francisco 49ers take the field against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Members of the grounds crew squeegee water off of the field prior to the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants the field during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Members of the grounds crew remove a trap off of the field prior to the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Members of the grounds crew remove a trap off of the field prior to the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers warm ups against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during warm ups against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during warm ups against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during warm ups against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants warms up against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Matt Bigby, fan of the San Francisco 49ers shows support for his team against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Fans of the San Francisco 49ers dress as the likenesses of 49er legends Joe Montana #16 and Jerry Ride #80 in the parking lot prior to the 49ers hosting the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: The San Francisco 49ers Goldrush perform before the start of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: A fan of the New York Giants and a fan of the San Francisco 49ers tailgate in the parking lot prior to the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Fans of the New York Giants and fans of the San Francisco 49ers tailgate in the parking lot prior to the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Giants and 49ers fans get fired up for the NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park .  (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Fans of the New York Giants and of the San Francisco 49ers get fired up for the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Giants and 49ers fans get fired up for the NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park . (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Kristin Chenoweth performs the National Anthem at the start of the NFC Championship Game with the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: An American flag is opened on the field before the start of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers takes the field during player introductions against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Delanie Walker #46 and Isaac Sopoaga #90 of the San Francisco 49ers take the field against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Kendall Hunter #32 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against Spencer Paysinger #55 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Kendall Hunter #32 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled after he ran the ball against the New York Giants uring the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a 73-yard toucdown reception against the New York Giants in the first quarter during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 (C), Delanie Walker #46 (L) and Adam Snyder #68 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate after Davis scored a 73-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a 73-yard toucdown reception against the New York Giants in the first quarter during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a 73-yard toucdown reception against the New York Giants in the first quarter during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a 73-yard toucdown reception against the New York Giants in the first quarter during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Isaac Sopoaga #90 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants makes a catch in the first half against Carlos Rogers #22 and Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
A fan of the San Francisco 49ers supports his teams defense. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: A fan of the San Francisco 49ers supports his teams defense against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
A fan of the San Francisco 49ers supports his teams defense. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: The mascot for the San Francisco 49ers performs against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball in the second quarter against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass as he rolls out of the pocket against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers takes a hand off from Alex Smith #11 against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass under pressure against Isaac Sopoaga #90 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball during the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball during the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Alex Smith #11 and head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers talk during a timeout against the New York Giants in the second quarter during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers dives for extra yardage against Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Brad Paisley performs at halftime during the NFC Championship Game with the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Members of the Gold Rush, the San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders, performs during the NFC Championship Game with the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Kyle Williams #10 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball as Aaron Ross #31 of the New York Giants defends during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a 28-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a 28-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers look sto pass as he rolls out of the pocket in the third quarter against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Kendall Hunter #32 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against Chase Blackburn #93 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with Frank Gore #21 after David caught a 28-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates towards the fans after he scored a 28-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Kendall Hunter #32 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against Chase Blackburn #93 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers tends to Tarell Brown #25 after they collided on a play against the New York Giants in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Justin Smith #94 and Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate a defensive play in the second half against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Tarell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers is assisted off of the field after he was injured on a collision with teammate Dashon Goldson #38 (not pictured) against the New York Giantsduring the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is tackled by Ray McDonald #91 and Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is tackled by Ray McDonald #91 and Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is tackled by Ray McDonald #91 and Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants during the second half of the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants during the second half of the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants makes a catch against Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Jason Pierre-Paul #90 and Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants react afetr they sacked Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers kicks a successful 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: A New York Giants fan waves a flag during the second half of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers pressures Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Delanie Walker #46 of the San Francisco 49ers fails to make a catch on a ball thrown to him in the second half against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants sackes Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants pressures Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants pressures Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants pressures Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball during the second half of the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after he sacked Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Victor Cruz #80 and Steve Weatherford #5 of the New York Giants celebrate after they won 20-17 in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Lawrence Tynes #9 and Steve Weatherford #5 of the New York Giants celebrate after Tynes kicked a game-winning 31-yard field goal in overtime to win 20-17 against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship - New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field at the end of the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants beat the 49ers 20-17. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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