The San Francisco 49ers went on the road to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 13 and came away with the victory, winning by a score of 31-21.
Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick looked good in his second-career start, passing for 231 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also pitched in another 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground—the first touchdown of the game for either team.
Frank Gore and the 49ers rushing attack pounded away at the Saints defense for 144 yards, and the 49ers defense did the rest. Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner both returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and Brooks all had 1.5 sacks.
Drew Brees managed to put up 261 yards and three touchdowns on the 49ers' vaunted defense, but his turnovers and the offensive line's inability to protect him doomed the Saints.
The score may not have ever gotten as close as it did if not for Ted Ginn's muffed punt near the 49ers' goal line in the second quarter—a play that allowed the Saints to go up 14-7 early in the game.
The 49ers improved to 8-3-1 on the season and will travel to face the St. Louis Rams in Week 13, while the Saints fell to 5-6 and will travel on short rest to face the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football.