NFL: N.Y. Giants 20, San Francisco 17 (OT)

Jan. 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Lawrence Tynes kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime Sunday, handing the New York Giants a 20-17 victory over San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.

Placeholder Steve Weatherford corralled a low snap and set it up for Tynes, whose boot 7:06 into the extra frame sent the Giants into the Super Bowl against New England in a rematch of the 2007 championship game.

The Patriots, who lost to New York 17-14 in that game, reached the Super Bowl with a victory over Baltimore earlier Sunday.

The winning kick was set up when 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams had the ball knocked out his hands by the Giants' Jacquian Williams and Devin Thomas recovered at the San Francisco 24-yard line.

Eli Manning went 32-of-58 through the air for 316 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while surviving six sacks for New York, which improved to 5-0 in NFC championships.

Victor Cruz made 10 grabs for 142 yards in the victory.

Alex Smith completed 12-of-26 passes for 196 yards and a pair of TD tosses for the 49ers.

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