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Giant players scored and/or drove in seven of the NL All-Star team's eight runs.
The NL scored five runs in the first, all yielded by a Tiger, ace Justin Verlander.
Their World Series berth was their second in three years (since 2010, when they defeated the Texas Rangers in five games).
San Francisco's notable preseason acquisitions were outfielders Melky Cabrera and Ángel Pagán.
The San Francisco Giants held home field advantage for the best-of-seven World Series: San Francisco hosted Games 1 and 2, and would have hosted Games 6 and 7 if these had been necessary to decide the Series.
The 2012 series began on Wednesday, October 24, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California and ended on Sunday, October 28, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, with the conclusion of the fourth game.
Their World Series sweep was the first by a National League team since the Cincinnati Reds swept the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 series and the first NL sweep not by the Reds since 1963, when the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Yankees.
The Giants became the first major league team to win three straight road games in a best-of-five playoff series after losing the first two games at home.The last time, before 2011–2012, that the Tigers franchise had made consecutive playoff appearances was 1934–1935.The Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics in the American League Division Series three games to two.Louis Cardinals, in a seven-game series to capture the National League pennant.
The manner in which the Giants defeated the Reds and then the Cardinals created some historical firsts.
Cabrera set the Giants' franchise record for hits in the month of May, with 51, All-Star Buster Posey finished the regular season with a .336 batting average to win the 2012 NL batting championship.