The New York Giants defeated the 49ers in the waning moments of last season's NFC Championship Game en route to a Super Bowl victory. A late fumble by Kyle Williams set up the game-winning field goal.
"We lost a game; it wasn't our time," 49ers tight end Vernon Davis told USA Today. "I'm sure my teammates as well as myself, there's a bitter taste in our mouth because, that game, it hurt. We lost that game, and we're still thinking about it a little bit. But we can't jump out of our skin. We have to continue to stay focused."
"Players were talking about it, like, 'You got my ring on,' " Manningham said.
Coach Jim Harbaugh has publicly preached that this week is "new business." That's the necessary public stance, but the 49ers absolutely see this as an opportunity to right a wrong. The Giants know that, too.
Those lingering feelings are why this could be the most entertaining game of the week.Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.