Even though the San Francisco 49ers are now sporting a record of 8-1, somehow they manage to make every victory seem like a pleasant surprise. Their win on Sunday over the visiting New York Giants was more of the same, a nail-biting 27-20 affair that came down to the final moments. Let's take a moment to pull apart some of the numbers, shall we?
Kicker David Akers was a huge part of the Niners offense. He was responsible for the entirety of the San Francisco scoring in the first half and allowed his team to enter halftime with a 9-6 lead thanks to field goals of 36, 52 and 39 yards. He added a fourth 28 yard field goal in the third quarter and was also able to contribute an extra point following a fourth quarter 49ers touchdown. Akers is 5-for-5 on 50+ yard field goal attempts this season, one of only three NFL kickers to be perfect from 50+ yards. Akers has also made 15 consecutive field goals, which is the fifth longest streak in franchise history. If none of that seems particularly impressive, how about this tidbit: Akers is on pace to record 162 points this season, which would smash the old San Francisco record for points in a season -- the mark was set at 138 by Jerry Rice in 1987.
The defense for the 49ers was also exemplary, particularly considering their formidable opponent they faced in the Giants. The Niners have not allowed a rushing touchdown in 10 straight games, which matches the third-longest streak in team history. Even more impressive is the fact that the rush defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 31 straight games, the longest active such streak in the NFL.
Quarterback Alex Smith had another solid game, finishing 19-for-30 with 242 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. He added 27 rushing yards on six carries with a long of 14. His one touchdown was a 31 yard pass to tight end Vernon Davis early in the fourth quarter. The reception was the 33rd career touchdown for Davis, tying him with Brent Jones for most TD receptions by tight ends in franchise history.
As always, you can find all your San Francisco news and coverage at Niners Nation.