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The Saints are favored in this matchup, and for good reason. They boast the hottest offense in the NFL and an underrated rushing attack. Their defense is not as good, but they should be able to hold off offenses enough for Brees and Co. to take care of the rest.
The 49ers, on the other hand, are a defensive-minded team. They have one of the best rushing defenses in NFL history and their offense is led by a true beast, Frank Gore. I love the 49ers, and I feel like they should be able to win this game, especially playing at home and coming off a remarkable regular season with a first-round bye.
The only thing, though, is the 49ers defense is not one of the best pass defenses in NFL history. While I'm not saying that diminishes their defense in any way, it does allow the Saints to focus their entire game plan on the passing game. The Saints aren't going to run the ball on Saturday, and if they do it will be unsuccessful.
Drew Brees, however, is playing so well that I think Frank Gore will have to be in beast mode to win the game for the 49ers. In my opinion, I think Gore is up for the challenge.
And so is Alex Smith.