NY Giants-San Francisco Capsule

By United Press International  |  Jan. 4, 2003 at 5:39 PM
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Capsule summary of Sunday's NFC Wild Card game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers:

NY Giants (10-6) vs. San Francisco (10-6) at 3Com Park, San Francisco.

Kickoff -- 4:30 p.m. EST

All-time Series -- 49ers lead, 16-14

Streaks -- 49ers have won five in a row.

Coaches vs. Opponent -- Jim Fassel (NY Giants), 0-1; Steve Mariucci (San Francisco), 2-0.

Against Common Opponents in 2002 -- NY Giants 7-2 (St. Louis 1-0, Seattle 1-0, Arizona 0-1, Dallas 2-0, Philadelphia 1-1, Washington 2-0; San Francisco 7-2 (Washington 1-0, St. Louis 1-1, Seattle 2-0, Arizona 2-0, Philadelphia 0-1, Dallas 1-0).

Playoff Record -- NY Giants 16-20; San Francisco 25-17.

Last Week -- Giants beat Philadelphia, 10-7 in overtime; San Francisco lost to St. Louis, 31-20.

Last Meeting -- 49ers won at New York, 16-13, on Sept. 5, 2002. San Francisco WR Terrell Owens made a 33-yard catch-and-run to set up a 36-yard field goal by Jose Cortez with six seconds remaining.

Last Playoff Meeting -- 49ers won at home, 44-3, on Jan. 15, 1993. San Francisco RB Ricky Watters established an NFL single-game playoff record with five rushing touchdowns. The defense held New York to 41 rushing yards.

Statistical Leaders:

Passing -- Kerry Collins, NY Giants, 335 of 545 for 4,073 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions; Jeff Garcia, San Francisco, 328 of 528 for 3,344 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Rushing -- Tiki Barber, NY Giants, 304 for 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns; Garrison Hearst, San Francisco, 215 for 972 yards and eight touchdowns.

Receiving -- Amani Toomer, NY Giants, 82 for 1,343 yards and eight touchdowns; Terrell Owens, San Francisco, 100 for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Offensive Yards Per game -- NY Giants, 364.1; San Francisco, 356.3.

Turnover Margin -- NY Giants, plus two; San Francisco, plus 10.

Defensive Yards Per Games -- NY Giants, 309.3; San Francisco, 322.4.

Sacks -- Michael Strahan, NY Giants, 11; Andre Carter, San Francisco, 12.5.

Interceptions -- William Peterson, Jason Sehorn, Shaun Williams, NY Giants, 2; Tony Parrish, San Francisco, 7.


Clubs split six playoff games all-time, with point differential of 122-118 in the favor of San Francisco. 49ers won three of four playoff games at home in series with Giants lone win in SF in 1990 NFC Championship Game (15-13). Giants captured only Wild Card meeting between clubs (17-3 at NY, 1985).

NY Giants -- Club advances to playoffs for third time in six seasons under head Coach Jim Fassel. QB Kerry Collins set team single-season passing records with 335 completions and 4,073 yards passing. Had career highs with 61.5 completion pct., third highest in team history, and 85.5 passer rating in 2002. Passed for 342 yards vs. San Francisco in Week 1 and has three career 300-yard passing games vs. 49ers, his most vs. any club. RB Tiky Barber rushed for career-high 203 yards last week, second-highest single-game total in team history. Finished second in NFC with 1,387 yards rushing and led conference with 1,984 yards from scrimmage. WR Amani Toomer set franchise record with 82 receptions & 1,343 yards receiving. Had nine receptions for 134 yards in last meeting vs. San Francisco. TE Jeremy Shockey led NFL TEs and rookies with 74 receptions and 894 yards receiving. Ranked second among rookie TEs in league history in catches (81, Keith Jackson) and receiving yards (1,076, Mike Ditka). Eclipsed Mark Bavaro (66) for club single-season record for receptions by TE. Was only rookie selected to Pro Bowl and first rookie TE since Jackson in 1988. Club has surrendered one touchdown in first quarter in 2002 and 279 points overall, third-fewest in NFL. DE Michael Strahan seeks sack in fifth consecutive playoff game and has 5.5 sacks in past four postseason contests. DE Kenny Holmes tied career high with 8.0 sacks in 2002. K Matt Bryant finished with 108 points, second-highest in club history among kickers (127, Ali Haji-Sheikh).

San Francisco -- Club seeks third consecutive Wild Card win at home and advances to playoffs for fourth time in six seasons under head Coach Steve Mariucci. QB Jeff Garcia led NFL with 107.6 third down passer rating, including 13 touchdowns, one interception. Joined Joe Montana and Steve Young as only QBs in franchise history to pass for 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Club

14-1 all-time and 1-0 in playoffs when RB Garrison Hearst rushes for 100 yards. RB Kevan Barlow finished second on club with 675 yards rushing. WR Terrell Owens had career-high 100 receptions in 2002 and led NFL with 13 touchdown catches. Ranked second in NFL with 30 third-down receptions

(433) and first with seven third-down touchdown receptions. Had three 150-yard receiving games in 2002 and averages 92.9 receiving yards per game, second-most in NFL (Marvin Harrison). WR Tai Streets had career highs with 72 catches for 756 yards and five touchdowns. G Ron Stone joined club in offseason after six years as starter with Giants and is one of six 49ers headed to Pro Bowl, tied with Miami for second-most in NFL. Club's 17 giveaways are third-fewest in NFL. DE Andre Carter had career-high 12.5 sacks and led club for second consecutive season. DT Bryant Young earned fourth Pro Bowl selection. LB Jamie Winborn earned NFC Defensive Player of Week honors following his 16 tackle, 1.0 sack performance in Week 1 win vs. Giants. S Tony Parrish led team with career-high seven interceptions in first season with club.

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