Saints-49ers: 4 Reflections from San Francisco's Epic 36-32 Victory

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Saints-49ers: 4 Reflections from San Francisco's Epic 36-32 Victory
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Like a spring break student overlooking in the hotel room after a long night of partying, sometimes the only thing to do is keep going. No need to worry about the consequences, the epic nature of the previous day brings on a sense of singularity.

And with that, fans of the San Francisco 49ers around the world can linger on the 36-32 NFC divisional playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints just a little longer. In party terms, it’s “hair on the dog,” or in literal terms, a Bloody Mary for breakfast to keep the celebration going.

Looking back, there were so many big plays, and the comments afterward from both sides reveal much about this game. And from them we see why the 49ers went from epic losers to epic winners, thanks to the heroics of one Alex Smith, seventh year quarterback out of Utah.

 

[Note: All quotes taken from 49ers press relations release after the game, or otherwise noted.]

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