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NFC Championship Q&A -- Eli Manning

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NFC Championship Q&A -- Eli Manning

Giants quarterback Eli Manning outplayed Aaron Rodgers on Sunday and now he's coming to San Francisco to try and improve on his previous visit in November, when he threw for 311 yards and two TDs, but also served up a pair of interceptions and lost 27-20.

New York's Super Bowl-winning QB met the media Monday and gave his first glimpse into his mindset for the NFC Championship against the 49ers.

Eli ManningJanuary 16, 2012

Q: What does this win do for you moving forward?
Manning: Its a big win and obviously going against a great team talented on both sides of the football. Their offense had a great year. Their defense did outstanding. Stopping them, getting turnovers and then offensively we did well on third down, hitting some big plays and not giving them turnovers. Theyve been great at getting turnovers all season. We gave them one, but played smart football on both sides of the ball and found a way to win.

Q: How gratifying was the success the team had on third down?
Manning: Thats big. Obviously thats extending drives. Thats giving us opportunities to make big plays. Early on, from the first series, we had a couple big third-and-long conversions. The second series, we had a third-and-long conversion where I hit Hakeem. The next play I throw an in-cut to Hakeem. He breaks a tackle and scores a touchdown. Giving yourself an extra three plays thats big for us. We know offensively that the more plays we get the more opportunities were going to have to hit some big plays and get some touchdowns.

Q: Whats it like to get another shot at San Francisco in the NFC Championship?
Manning: Were excited. Its a big game and theyre playing great football. We know what to expect with them. Theyre very a sound team. Theyre very good. They have good players. They play with great energy. Their secondary has good players in it. Theyre good all around. They play smart football. Their offense doesnt turn the ball over. They run the ball. Alex Smith is playing well. We know were going to have to play that same way. Were going to have to play smart. Offensively, were going to have to be very consistent. Everybody is going to know their assignments. Its just about execution.

Q: How much fun is it to see the confidence building?
Manning: Its fun when youre playing good football, when everybody is executing, when the team is playing well together. And thats both sides of the ball. Offense doing our part scoring points, third down conversions, making big plays. Defensively, theyre getting after the quarterback, theyre getting stops. When things are clicking as a team its a great feeling.

Q: Is revenge a factor this week or is just the fact that its the NFC Championship game enough?
Manning: This is about the NFC Championship. Its an opportunity to get this win and go on to the Super Bowl. We played them once before. We know theyre a good team. Theres no denying that. Theyre playing great football. Theyre playing with great confidence. Its going to be exciting going out there and having another shot and seeing what we can do.

Q: How do the 49er linebackers stack up?
Manning: Theyre about as good as they get. I dont know if there is a better corps in the NFL with their 3-4 scheme and Patrick Willis and Bowman and their outside backers. Theyre talented. Their front seven is as good as you can face in the NFL. And their secondary is talented as well. Theyre solid. They dont have many weaknesses on defense. Its just going to come down to execution and everybody doing their assignments.

Q: Youre one game away from the Super Bowl. Thats another notch up from a playoff game isnt it?
Manning: Definitely. This is exciting. This is where you want to be. We always talk about finishing and playing your best football at the end of the season. Thats what were doing now. Were playing great football on both sides of the ball. We have to continue to do that. Were playing smart. We cant turn the ball over. Hopefully our defense can continue to get some turnovers for us and continue to play well. If were going to continue this thing, its going to take both sides of the ball playing to the best of their ability.

John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'

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John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'

Running back Carlos Hyde has proven to be a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.

And the man in charge of stocking the 49ers roster has taken notice of what Hyde has done on and off the field.

General manager John Lynch entered the playing field more than two weeks ago to greet Hyde with enthusiasm after Hyde was ejected for his tussle with Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.

Hyde got involved during the scuffle that ensued after Cardinals safety Antoine Beathea delivered an illegal hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard as he was sliding.

“I was proud of Carlos because he fought for his teammate. He had his teammate’s back,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Sticking up for teammates was a lesson Steve Young and Jerry Rice imparted on the current team when they spoke to the team during training camp in August, Lynch said.

“That’s what I saw from Carlos,” Lynch said. “He got sick and tired of the refs not doing anything about our quarterback getting hit in the head. He finally had enough. I think at some point – particularly when you’re trying to build something – someone’s got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not having it. We’re not going to pushed around any more.’

“And did my emotions get the best of me? Maybe. But I was proud of Carlos, and not because he was kicked out of a game, because of the reason why. Because he had his teammate’s back. And I wanted to let him know that. I appreciated that.”

Hyde, whose contract is set to expire after the season, ranks 11th in the NFL with 592 yards rushing while averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. He is sixth among running backs in the leauge with a 49ers-leading 42 receptions for 274 yards.

“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things -- the way (running backs coach) Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you're going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

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49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.