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NFL Capsule: Giants at 49ers

NFL Capsule: Giants at 49ers

NEW YORK GIANTS (3-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (4-1)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - 49ers by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 2-1-2; San Francisco 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Tied 18-18

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 7; 49ers No. 3

LAST MEETING - Giants beat 49ers 20-17 OT, Jan. 22, 2012

LAST WEEK - Giants beat Browns 41-27; 49ers beat Bills 45-3

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (12), PASS (3)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (16), PASS (22T)

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (1), PASS (27)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (7), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams split meetings last year with Giants winning NFC championship game in San Francisco 20-17 in OT after Kyle Williams botched two punt returns into turnovers for 49ers. ... These are most efficient offensive teams in NFL with Giants scoring on league-best 51.8 percent of drives and 49ers second at 49.1 percent. ... Giants average 469.3 ypg last four weeks. ... Giants QB Eli Manning thrown for at least 200 yards in 24 straight games, second longest streak ever. ... New York RB Ahmad Bradshaw coming off career-high 200 yards rushing vs. Cleveland last week. ... Giants WR Victor Cruz had three TD catches last week and 10 catches for 142 yards in NFC title game. ... Giants S Stevie Brown and LB Michael Boley tied for fifth in NFL with three takeaways apiece. ... 49ers outscored past two opponents 79-3. ... San Francisco became first team to top 300 yards rushing and passing in same game last week vs. Buffalo. ... 49ers on record-setting pace with 6.1 ypc. Cleveland in 1963 has record at 5.7. ... San Francisco gained at least 10 yards on more than one-fifth of carries. ... 49ers one of three teams running on more than half offensive plays. ... 49ers QB Alex Smith leads NFL with 108.7 passer rating and is coming off third career 300-yard game.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.

 

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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.

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