The San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints finished the regular season with identical 13-3 records. The 49ers received the first-round bye, while the Saints displayed their high-powered offense in defeating the Lions, 45-28.
Drew Brees threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns in an amazing display of aerial excellence. If Brees gets in that type of rhythm against the 49ers, it will be all over for San Francisco.
This game is quite unique in that it pits the top offense against the top defense in the NFL. If the 49ers are able to contain Brees and the vaunted New Orleans passing attack, this will be a great game.
I have isolated five advantages that have not been major topics—under the radar, if you will—that favor the 49ers in this playoff contest.
Let's take a look at these five keys.