Mul­lens to share stage with Man­ning when 49ers host Gi­ants

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While Mul­lens is just get­ting started, Man­ning is near­ing the end of his ca­reer as he plays his 15th sea­son for a team that is strug­gling might­ily. New York has lost five straight games and the ques­tions are mount­ing about how much longer the two-time Su­per Bowl MVP Man­ning has as quar­ter­back.

“I think there’s ur­gency to get things go­ing, for sure,” Man­ning said. “We got to get some wins. We got to get go­ing, and every­body wants it. The team needs it, for the morale and for just the hard work and ev­ery­thing we put in. Just need to reap the ben­e­fits of the work, and feel good about what we’re do­ing.”

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Rookie Saquon Barkley has been a rare bright spot for the strug­gling Gi­ants, top­ping 100 yards from scrim­mage in seven of his first eight games. Barkley has been a bit hit and miss with 16 runs for neg­a­tive yards, tied for fifth worst in the league, and 11 plays that gained at least 20, which is tied for sec­ond most among run­ning backs. Barkley is just the ninth player to gain at least 1,000 yards from scrim­mage in the first eight games of his rookie sea­son.

“I’m not one of those guys that says, let me see my stats, let me see how much I ran for this or that. I just play,” he said. “I’m not go­ing to stand here and lie, I am very ac­tive on so­cial me­dia, so there’s fan pages of me and I can go on In­sta­gram or even on my ex­plore page and they just hap­pen to pop up. I’ve seen pre­dic­tions of what I’m ca­pa­ble of do­ing, but it means noth­ing to me.”


The strug­gling pass rush for the 49ers broke through in a big way last week with eight sacks against Oak­land. Cas­sius Marsh led 1the

way with a ca­reer-best 2 ⁄2,

and Dekoda Wat­son had 11⁄2 in his first game af­ter com­ing off IR. San Fran­cisco had eight sacks in a game only once in the pre­vi­ous two decades, do­ing it against the Rams in 2009.


San Fran­cisco tight end Ge­orge Kit­tle has been a big-play threat all sea­son. He had a 71-yard catch-an­drun last week against the Raiders, mak­ing him the first tight end since Rich Caster in 1972 to have two 70-yard catches in the same sea­son. Kit­tle ranks sec­ond among all tight ends with 692 yards re­ceiv­ing and is sec­ond to Barkley among all play­ers with 496 yards af­ter the catch.


Twenty-eight years af­ter th­ese fran­chises met in the best matchup in “Mon­day Night Foot­ball” his­tory, they now play in one of the worst. In 1990, the 49ers beat the Gi­ants 7-3 in a matchup of 10-1 teams that pro­vided the high­est win­ning per­cent­age ever for a Mon­day night game played af­ter Hal­loween. The teams come into this meet­ing with a com­bined win­ning per­cent­age of .176, the sec­ond low­est for a Mon­day night game played Nov. 1 or later.

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