The San Francisco 49ers managed to intercept Eli Manning five times, leading to dominant victory over the New York Giants. They turned all o-- wait ... what? I got that wrong? No, it clearly says five interceptions, and I can't imagine a football team snaring five interceptions and not winning big, especially when that football team has the kind of offensive weapons the 49ers do.
Ah ... well it appears that's exactly what happened.
I didn't get a chance to watch the entire game, but I was tuning in here and there, usually when my Twitter exploded. I was watching, instead, the New Orleans Saints vs. Cincinnati Bengals game for work, and it looks like I made a great decision on the matter.
The 49ers won, but only on the back of a huge defensive performance from just about everyone involved (with a special mention, of course, to Chris Borland, who has been playing out of his mind since Patrick Willis went down with an injury). Aside from the interceptions, the 49ers looked about the same as the Giants on offense, save for one key difference:
New York's defense didn't play that well. The 49ers simply stunk up the place, converting just six of 14 third-down attempts, putting up just 6 yards per pass and going 0-4 in the red zone. Yes, you read that right -- 0-4 in the red zone. But the absolute worst aspect of this offensive showing, is that a grand total of three points came off of four interceptions. Three points!
Let's take a look at them, shall we?
First Interception: 1st and 10 at NYG 29 -- 3-yard run, incomplete pass (timeout), incomplete pass, field goal is GOOD
Second Interception: 1ST and 10 at SF 15 -- Fumble, recovered, 2-yard gain, 25-yard pass, 1-yard loss, incomplete pass, incomplete pass, punt
Third Interception: 1st and 10 at SF 31: 1-yard run, 8-yard pass, 11-yard pass, 5-yard run, 5-yard run, incomplete pass, 4-yard run, 2-yard run, fumble and incomplete pass on field goal attempt
Fourth Interception: 2-yard run, 7-yard pass, 3-yard run, 5-yard pass, 1-yard run, incomplete pass (drop), punt
Fifth Interception: 8-yard run, 3-yard run, 11-yard pass, 1-yard run, 2-yard run, 5-yard run, punt
To be fair, that fifth interception came very late in the game, but the 49ers did ultimately give the Giants the ball back with some time on the clock, and that's disappointing. The 49ers' offense is just laughably bad at times, and I kind of feel that's unacceptable given the talent on the team. The offensive line is too talented to mess up like they do, Michael Crabtree is too talented to make those drops, Vernon Davis is too gifted to disappear like he has and Colin Kaepernick has too many tools to make the mistakes he does.
A win is a win is a win is a win, and that's great. The 49ers made up some ground on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and there's cause for celebration, but San Francisco's offense really needs to start taking advantage of the huge breaks they're being given by the defense.