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Vernon Davis Video: Watch 49ers TD Seal Thrilling Victory over Saints

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Who said the San Francisco 49ers couldn't keep up with the New Orleans Saints in a shootout?

Apparently, Alex Smith and Vernon Davis never got the memo.

With 14 seconds left, 14 yards to go and three points to make up on the scoreboard, Smith found his Pro Bowl tight end, who hung onto the ball through a big hit by Saints safety Roman Harper and landed in the end zone for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.

It was the fourth lead change over a four-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter between these two teams, during which the Niners offense proved more than capable of going tit-for-tat with one of the NFL's elite offenses.

That score sewed up San Fran's first playoff win in nine years, since "The Snap" against the New York Giants in 2002. Ironically enough, the Niners just might play host to Big Blue next week, pending Sunday's result against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

For now, though, the Niners deserve a moment to celebrate their triumphant return to football relevance. Jim Harbaugh has been an instant success in the Bay Area, leading the Niners to the NFC West crown, a No. 2 seed in the playoffs and his first postseason win all in his first season since leaving behind Andrew Luck and Stanford for the pros.

If the method to Harbaugh's madness is any indication, this probably won't be the last time the Niners taste the sweet nectar of success on his watch, either.

And even if it is, at least it'll be something that Niners fans will cherish forever.

 

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