NFL Playoff Picture: How the San Francisco 49ers Control the New Orleans Saints

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NFL Playoff Picture: How the San Francisco 49ers Control the New Orleans Saints
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This Saturday, the San Francisco 49ers will face the electric New Orleans Saints, who eased past the Detroit Lions last weekend.

Despite playing in Candlestick, the 49ers are considered underdogs.  Nevertheless, those who expect Drew Brees and the Saints' offense to be able to cruise through San Francisco like they did Detroit are mistaken.

The Lions' air-it-out game plan played to the strengths of the Saints.  In contrast, the 49ers will focus on slowing the pace of the game in order to lull the Saints into submission. 

If San Francisco can dictate the flow of the game, then the 49ers will earn a trip to the NFC Championship game.

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