EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -– Again, the 49ers rode the success of their defense to a road victory.
The offense? There is still plenty of room for improvement in the final six weeks of the regular season.
The 49ers managed only one touchdown -- Colin Kaepernick’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the first drive of the second half. The offensive performance was marked by possessions in which they failed to build on a lead to give the defense some margin for error.
“You want to score as many points as you can,” Kaepernick said. “But at the end of the day, we got the win and that’s what matters.”
The 49ers continued a troubling trend in which they have failed to get a touchdown from their first-team offense in the fourth quarter.
“There’s always something you can do to fix it,” Kaepernick said. “Execution is No. 1 on that list. I think the biggest thing for us is we just have to make sure we’re on top of everything when we get to those situations.”
Kaepernick completed 15 of 29 passes for 193 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Frank Gore gained 95 yards on 19 rushing attempts. The 49ers did control the ball for 35 minutes, 10 minutes more than the Giants.
Gore fumbled on the 49ers’ first possession of the game after moving into the red zone. The 49ers settled for three Phil Dawson field goals. Another opportunity for a field goal slipped away in the third quarter due to Kyle Nelson’s low snap to hold Andy Lee.
“Our defense played great,” Kaepernick said. “I think that was the biggest thing we got from this game. They continue to play great and put us in position to win.”
Since the 49ers’ loss to the St. Louis Rams at Levi’s Stadium, the 49ers (6-4) have won at New Orleans and New York to move into a tie with Seattle for second place in the NFC West.
“At this point, we’re just taking it one game at a time,” Kaepernick said. “Trying to make sure we’re ready for the week that we’re in, and that’s going to be our approach the rest of the way.”