Saints vs. 49ers: Stagnant Third Quarter
Neither team could get much done in the third quarter. The Saints gave up their fifth turnover of the game, resulting in another David Akers field goal and a 20-14 San Francisco lead.
The game has turned into a trench-fighting affair, with defenses dominating. The Saints' widely disregarded defensive line has stepped up, holding the Niners' running game in check. Meanwhile, the Saints' offensive line has done well in pass protection, giving Brees time to throw.
Brees, however, hasn't connected in the big way that he did against Detroit last week. Stout 49er play in the defensive backfield has limited the effectiveness of the Saints' receivers.
Still, it's just a one-possession game as the fourth quarter begins.
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