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5 Playmakers to Watch on the New York Giants

After blowing double-digit, fourth-quarter leads in their first two games, the New York Giants are back on track as winners of their last two contests.

In Week 5, the Giants will welcome the San Francisco 49ers to MetLife Stadium for a showdown on "Sunday Night Football."

The game will mark the 49ers second of four primetime contests. San Francisco won its first such game in Week 1, beating the Minnesota Vikings, 23-3, on "Monday Night Football."

As the week is still young, here are five Giants playmakers that will be talked about often leading up to kickoff in the Meadowlands.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr.

OBJ, as he's often referred to, put up historic numbers in his first 16 games of his NFL career. Beckham's 115 receptions and 1,612 receiving yards are both records for any player in his first 16 games.

The second-year receiver out of LSU is best known for his ridiculous catch against the Dallas Cowboys last season.

This season, Beckham leads the Giants with 24 receptions for 307 yards and two touchdowns (tied with Rueben Randall). Beckham is the centerpiece of the Giants passing game, averaging more than 10 targets per game. The receiver's 41 targets are nearly double those of tight end Larry Donnell, who ranks second on the team in the category. QB Eli Manning

Manning has been solid, but unspectacular to start the 2015 campaign. The 12-year veteran has seven touchdowns to just one interception through four games.

Last season, the 49ers intercepted Manning five times in their trip to MetLife Stadium, tying his career high. San Francisco won that game, 16-10, and will look to replicate their defensive performance on Sunday.

RBs Rashad Jennings & Andre Williams

The Giants deploy a three-headed running back by committee, led by Jennings and Williams. Jennings leads the team with 42 carries and 134 rushing yards. Williams has nearly identical numbers at 37 carries for 121 yards. Both have one touchdown.

Jennings' big play came in the receiving game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. In the fourth quarter, the running back took a short pass from Manning 51 yards to the house.

The third member of the committee is longtime New England Patriot Shane Vareen. The first-year Giant has 20 carries for 77 yards and 12 catches for 122 yards.

CB Prince Amukamara

The fifth-year cornerback is off to a hot start in 2015. In addition to his one interception, Amukamara is tied for fifth in the NFL with seven passes defended. The corner also has a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Amukamara's 21 tackles leads the Giants defense.

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