It looked like the San Francisco 49ers had taken momentum away from the New York Giants when they pressured Eli Manning and forced a punt deep in their own territory, but a miscue by Kyle Williams on the punt return gave the football back to New York. Eli Manning then made a connection with Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Jacobs before finding Mario Manningham in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown to make it 17-14.
The 49ers responded quickly to tie things up. A big return by Williams put San Francisco at midfield. Two big rushes by Alex Smith for 17 yards and Kendall Hunter for 18 yards set up a David Akers 25 yard field goal to tie things up with just over five-and-a-half minutes left. Both San Francisco and New York's offenses stalled after that, and couldn't get into field goal range after that.
The Giants won the toss in overtime to get the ball first. Click here for a discussion of playoff overtime rules.