Saints vs. 49ers: Takeaways the Story of the First Quarter
The San Francisco 49ers had 38 takeaways during the regular season, and continued the trend against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter.
New Orleans' first four possessions looked like this: Pierre Thomas fumble, Drew Brees third-down sack, Drew Brees Interception and Courtney Roby fumble.
The 49ers' 17-0 lead was a surprising start to a game in which most people expected the Saints to be the team with the explosive offense. Instead, Niners quarterback Alex Smith connected with Vernon Davis on a 49-yard touchdown, and later hit Michael Crabtree on a short slant route for a second TD.
The Saints' multifaceted offense made things look easy on its first drive, only to lose the ball on the 49ers' 2-yard line when Thomas was hit by Donte Whitner of San Francisco.
All in all, it's been a different ballgame from the one people had expected. Join me at halftime and we'll talk more.
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