Why this game is intriguing: Does this take us back or what? To back to the late 1980s, when New York Giants defensive lineman Jim Burt was nearly decapitating San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, with Leonard Marshall doing the same a few years later. Maybe, for the youngins, it takes you back to the Trey Junkin failed snap that ruined the Giants' 2002 season. These old foes have waged so many battles it seems like they are division rivals. Oh, did we forget to mention last year's NFC title game circus, featuring key special teams gaffes and numerous heart-stopping moments? It's always must-see TV when the 49ers and Giants get together.
What to watch: Ex-Giants Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham squaring off against their old team. Jacobs claimed this summer he hadn't thought about it. Clearly, he was lying. This game has been highlighted and circled since the G-Men decided both players weren't worth the money. But this game also has some football intrigue. Can the Giants' vaunted pass rush get to Alex Smith or are the sackless days of late here to stay? Can this San Francisco secondary cover Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks (maybe) and company? Are the Giants tough enough to stop an in-your-face running attack that gains yards by the gobs?