With all the talk before the game about the Saints' dynamic duo of quarterback Drew Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham, it was the 49ers' combo of their own quarterback and tight end—Alex Smith and Vernon Davis—that came through in the clutch.
Trailing 32-29 with 1:37 to play in the fourth quarter, Smith completed a long completion to Davis that set the Niners up in the red zone. Then, with just nine seconds to play, Smith went over the middle to the end zone and hit Vernon Davis, between two defenders, for the game-winning touchdown.
This should sound familiar to 49ers fans. In the 1998 NFC Wild Card Game, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young delivered a strike to Terrell Owens for the game-winning touchdown with just four seconds to play.
Read on to watch and compare the two eerily similar plays.