Our 49ers-Giants picks: Can the Nick Mullens Train flatten Eli and OBJ?


No one is conjuring dramatic visions of the NFC Championship game that got away from the 49ers on Jan. 22, 2012 at Candlestick (Thanks, Kyle Williams!) or the crazy Jeff Garcia-led wild-card comeback a decade earlier.

But our guys are calling for an interesting football game Monday night when the 1-7 New York Giants come to town to face the 2-7 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. (5:15 p.m., ESPN)

Here’s what they’re predicting. Pick your own winner below.

Cam Inman

49ers 31, Giants 24

Nick Mullens moves to 2-0 and, this time, airs it out deep to Marquise Goodwin and Richie James Jr. Also, Matt Breida comes through with his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 2 and does his best to outduel Giants star Saquon Barkley. Could this be Eli Manning’s final start for the Giants?

Dan Brown

49ers 27, Giants 26

Nick M has a chance to pull a Jimmy G by igniting a midseason hot streak. Mullens will have help from George Kittle, the first tight end since 1972 with two 70-plus yard catches in a single season. Even the pass rush (remember that?) perked up last week with Cassius Marsh registering his first career multi-sack game. The 49ers’ biggest weapon, as they showed against the Raiders, is that there’s no trace of locker room dysfunction, even in this lost season.

Dieter Kurtenbach

49ers 20, Giants 17

This Niners defense is sneaky good against the run, while the Giants’ pass offense is overtly terrible. It’s up to Eli Manning to score points — not a great situation for the Giants. Meanwhile, Nick Mullens was solid (though unspectacular) in his first start and Kyle Shanahan will keep scheming guys open for him — only competent execution is needed to put points on the board for San Francisco. Add in the Giants’ cross-country travel and you have a nice formula for victory.

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