San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints: Matchups Favor the Niners

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San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints: Matchups Favor the Niners
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If the coaching thing doesn’t work out, Jim Harbaugh may have a future as a psychic

I wonder how his handshake with rival Miss Cleo would go down.

We may never know; the coaching thing is working out quite nicely. 

After success at the college level, Harbaugh was hired as head coach of the 49ers in a five-year, $25 million deal.

Expectations were high, and they were exceeded. 

Quicker than it takes to make Top Ramen, he has transformed the team from pretender to contender. 

His successful rookie season has the team back in the playoffs, well prepared to play the blazing hot New Orleans Saints on Saturday.  

Before the Saints vs. Lions game, the coach admitted the team’s focus would be aimed at a specific opponent. 

“More the Saints,” Harbaugh said during the interview. “The greater share would be preparing for the Saints.”

Good call, coach. 

After crushing the Lions 45-28, the Saints come marching into Candlestick to face the No. 2 seed 49ers, their polar opposite. 

The Saints beat you through the air; the 49ers pound you on the ground. 

The 49ers have a stingy defense; the Saints have a generous one. 

The Saints score touchdowns in the red zone; the 49ers kick a lot of field goals.

The 49ers excel on natural turf; the Saints’ natural habitat is inside a dome.  

And on and on and on. 

Let’s take a closer look at the matchups and locate the advantages for both teams. 

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