San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The 49ers defeat the Saints 31-21 at the Superdome
With Colin Kaepernick behind center, the San Francisco 49ers improved to 8-2-1 on the season. In an exciting back-and-forth contest, the Niners came out on top. Kaepernick was able to make the throws he needed to make, and ran when necessary.
On a short week, Kaepernick came out and continued to show what he brings to the table.
However, he was supported by an outstanding defensive performance. The 49ers D had two pick-6's on the day, limiting Brees and his high-powered offense.
Meanwhile, Alex Smith watched the entire game from the sideline with his helmet on, ready to go -- but he never got the call. This story will only develop this coming week. The Niners could be moving into the Kaepernick era as they gear up for a title run this year.
Even though this is a joyous time for 49ers fans, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Kaepernick just took out two NFC juggernauts in the Bears and Saints in back-to-back weeks. We'll see where the team goes from here.
#49ers Improve to 8-2-1.
— Kyle Bonagura (@KyleBonagura) November 26, 2012
With different QBs...
49ers beat Rodgers and Packers 30-22. Leading Brees and Saints 31-21. Both on road.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@espn_nfcwest) November 26, 2012
That's the only time today that anyone has noticed Brodrick Bunkley was on the field. Classless.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 26, 2012
1:00 remaining in the fourth quarter...
The Saints are backed up in their own zone with possession. The game is just about wrapped up, pending a miracle.
Broderick Bunkley ejected from the game for kicking Alex Boone
Broderick Bunkley ejected for kicking Alex Boone in head on FG attempt— Cam Inman (@CamInman) November 26, 2012
1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter...
And the David Akers FG is BLOCKED! But there is a flag on the play...
2:14 remaining in the fourth quarter...
Alex Smith looks disgruntled and speechless. He just watched the entire game standing up on the sideline with his helmet on. He also saw his team outscore the high-octane Saints at the Superdome. Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day at the office.
3:49 remaining in the fourth quarter...
Saints are out of timeouts in this game, down two scores while their offense watches from the sidelines. It's pretty safe to assume the 49ers are going to walk away with a 'W' today.
Ahmad Brooks just destroyed Jermon Bushrod for a sack. 49ers now have 5.— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) November 26, 2012
DOWN GOES BREES
They get to him again! The 49ers are blowing up their schemes in no time at all. Brees is under heavy duress.
How good is Kaepernick?
Whodathunkit? Colin Kaepernick has outpassed Drew Brees in this game. CK: 16-24, 231 yards, 94.3 rating. DB: 21-33, 202 yards, 85.7 rating.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) November 26, 2012
5:00 remaining in the fourth quarter...
The 49ers offense takes over with a two-score (10 pt.) lead over the Saints.
T BROWN BREAKS UP THE 4TH DOWN PASS
What? No yellow hankie? 49ers take over after Brees' pass knocked down by Brown.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 26, 2012
WILLIS AND BROOKS SANDWICH BREES
On third and short, Brees got smothered. They will go for it.
Play Stands, 49ers Charged With Timeout
6:35 remaining in the fourth quarter...
The 49ers have an opportunity to get the football here. Goldson lowered his shoulder on Moore and the ball came loose. It will be up to the officials, whether or not they have enough evidence to overturn the call on the field of down-by-contact.
Challenge Flag Thrown By Harbaugh, Play Under Review
That looks like a fumble to me.— Samuel Lam(@SamuelYLam) November 26, 2012
A totally legal hit by Dashon Goldson. He is quickly becoming one of the best hitters in the NFL. It looks like Lance Moore (the target) fumbled on the play...
MORE PENALTIES FOR SAN FRANCISCO
Big penalty on Chris Culliver to keep the Saints' drive alive.
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