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49ERS INSIDER

SUNDAY'S STAR

The Giants' defense, which sacked San Francisco quarterback Trent Dilfer six times, forced four turnovers and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

SUNDAY'S GOAT

Dilfer, who tripped over himself on his first pass attempt (it allowed Michael Strahan to get his easiest sack since Brett Favre took that dive in 2002), was the source for all four turnovers (with an assist from Frank Gore on a botched handoff).

KEY PLAY

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora got a rare double-dip with 12:53 left in the third quarter when he came in untouched on a speed rush and stripped Dilfer for his third forced fumble this season. The ball dropped to the turf, and the 6-foot-3-inch, 261-pound defensive end scooped the ball and chugged 75 yards into the end zone, strutting across the goal line backward. The score gave New York a 26-7 advantage.

BY THE NUMBERS

4: San Francisco has lost four in a row after opening the season 2-0.

24: The Giants scored 24 of their 33 points off of four 49ers turnovers.

25: New York has recorded 25 sacks during its five-game winning streak.

THEY SAID IT

"He got the tackle, sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, touchdown ... That's a lot of production right there. I don't think I have seen a guy get all four on one play. It was perfect. It was textbook. It will definitely be on somebody's coaching tape."

-- Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce on Umenyiora's touchdown

"They bring enough pressure right when you think you're getting comfortable. They do a good job making adjustments and overloading you. By the end of the deal, they are going to be one of the better defensive teams in the league."

-- Dilfer on the Giants' defense

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Coming soon to classifieds near you: 49ers playoff bandwagon, just like new, will give to a team with an offense.

If anything, watching Trent Dilfer for three weeks makes Niner Nation appreciate Alex Smith that much more.

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