49ers’ DC Vic Fangio’s defense forces five INTs, beat Giants 16-10

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The San Francisco 49ers (6-4) squeezed out another victory as they beat the New York Giants (3-7) 16-10. It wasn’t pretty but nonetheless a win is a win, and the 49ers came out on top. In what I predicted to be a 49ers blowout, it was the exact opposite as both teams struggled to find the end zone as the lone touchdown came on a 48-yard touchdown catch by WR Michael Crabtree.

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However, the storyline of the day continues to be rookie third-round pick (No. 77) ILB Chris ‘my favorite’ Borland. A true student of the game who relies more on his football savvy and instincts rather than his athleticism continues to make a name for himself as he replaces two All-Pros. In his last two games, Borland has led the team in tackles with 18 and 17 respectively. Fast forward to today and it was no different as Borland finished with 13 tackles, three pass break-ups, and two interceptions. (all team-highs).

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Borland wasn’t the only defensive player making plays as CB Chris Culliver, FS Eric Reid and ILB Michael Wilhoite all recorded interceptions of their own. If you’re keeping track that’s five interceptions for DC Vic Fangio’s defense. And with the pass defense doing their part it was the run defense that did theirs as they held the Giants to only 65 rushing yards. But it was without OLB Ahmad Brooks on the field. Last year’s second-team All-Pro was on the sidelines as OLB Aldon Smith and OLB Aaron Lynch garnered the lion’s share of the snaps. And with OLB Corey Lemonier subbing in one has to wonder if Brooks was unhappy with his limited role. After the game, Brooks said:

While Harbaugh went on record saying; “We need Ahmad Brooks to win a Championship.” With the 49ers improving to 6-4 they will now face the Washington Redskins at home.

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