When you think of the Saints led by Drew Brees, the monster stats jump out first.
Deservedly so, as the quarterback has had a record-breaking season:
5,476 yards, 71 percent completion rate, 46 touchdowns and a 110.6 rating.
But (pause for dramatic effect), lurking behind the impressive numbers are other stats that significantly improve the 49ers chance of upsetting the Saints.
I'm not usually a stats guy, but these are hard to ignore.
Brees is having a superior season against mostly inferior opponents. Eleven of the Saints' 16 regular season games were against defenses ranked 21st or worse.
Remember: The 49ers have arguably the best defense in the entire NFL.
Home Sweet Dome
The Saints are 9-0 at home this season, averaging 41.6 points and 507.4 yards per game, compared to 5-3 on the road with averages of 27.3 points and 441.6 yards. That's a two touchdown difference.
Also, the Saints defense surrenders 24.5 points per road game.
Remember: Saturday's NFC Divisional game will be played at Candlestick Park, home of the 49ers.
The Saints have committed 12 of their 19 turnovers (65%) on the road.
Remember: The 49ers lead the league with 38 forced turnovers, 23 of those while playing at home.
Oh, and the New Orleans Saints have never won a single road playoff game in franchise history. Included in that is last year's stunning loss at the hands of a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks squad that had no business being in the postseason.
The 2011-12 Saints are a great team, but are a different team when playing on the road.
Have I mentioned the location of Saturday's game between the 49ers and Saints?
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