The third week of the 2022 NFL season started on Thursday night with a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers came into the game undefeated while the Giants were 1-2 after a thrilling comeback victory over the Cardinals in week 2.
Both teams were missing key offensive players – Giants running back Saquon Barkley was out with an ankle injury and 49ers receiver Brandon Aiyuk had a shoulder issue.
In the opening drives, both teams moved the ball into the red zone but had to settle for field goals. San Francisco methodically marched down the field but Jake Moody kicked a 28-yarder. Graham Gano answered with a 44-yard field goal for New York.
The 49ers dominated the first half, controlling time of possession and outgaining the Giants 242 to 88 total yards. 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey made NFL history by scoring a rushing touchdown, his 12th straight game finding the end zone. One more touchdown next week would break Jerry Rice’s 49ers record from 1987 of most consecutive games with a score.
The Giants kept it close in the first half but couldn’t match the 49ers’ offensive consistency. San Francisco was able to control the ball and sustain longer drives.
McCaffrey is on a historic scoring streak, showing how dangerous the 49ers offense is. The Giants need Saquon Barkley back to help counter the 49ers’ attack. Still, San Francisco looks like one of the top NFC teams right now.