49ers vs. Saints: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers rolls out to pass against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 32-7. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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In a rematch of one of the most exciting playoff games of last season, the New Orleans Saints host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12.

New Orleans has completely turned around its season after an 0-4 start, and at 5-5 it is very much in the playoff picture.

Meanwhile, the 49ers have not lost since Week 6, although a tie against the St. Louis Rams could hurt in the standings. However, a big 32-7 win over the Bears has the team back on track.

With one of the league's top offenses versus the No. 1 scoring defense, this is certain to be one of the best games of the week. 

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

When: November 25 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Betting Line: 49ers (-1.5) via Vegas Insider

Injury Report (via ESPN) as of Nov. 20


QB Alex Smith (Concussion) Questionable

WR Randy Moss (Finger) Probable

RB Frank Gore (Ribs) Probable


RB Darren Sproles (Hand) Questionable

DE Junior Galette (Ankle) Questionable

What They're Saying

The big story following the Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears is the potential quarterback controversy on the 49ers between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quoted coach Jim Harbaugh when he told the media, "I usually tend to go with the guy who's got the hot hand. And we've got two quarterbacks that have a hot hand."

This is telling in the fact that Smith's hold on the job is not secure. However, tight end Vernon Davis had an even bolder quote, saying, "I felt like somebody took the handcuffs off me."

Davis had not been a big part of the offense in recent weeks, but he apparently likes the potential of a new quarterback at the helm. 

Fantasy Big Plays

Frank Gore

The receiving corps is deep enough that any player can have a big week. However, Frank Gore is the safest option of the group. 

He is currently in the top 10 in the NFL in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, and he is certain to get plenty of touches throughout the game.

New Orleans has statistically the worst rushing defense in the league, so Gore should be ready for a big day.

Jimmy Graham

San Francisco has a top defense, and it will be tough for anyone on the team to be productive. 

That being said, Graham has five touchdowns in the last four games and is averaging almost 80 yards per game in that time. 

Against the 49ers in the second round of the playoffs, he was able to manage 103 receiving yards and two touchdowns. While he might not be able to replicate this performance, he should be able to get into the end zone at least once on Sunday.

Key Matchup: Saints Receivers vs. 49ers Secondary

In addition to Graham, Marques Colston and Lance Moore have been on fire in the last few weeks. They all know that Drew Brees will find them if they get open.

However, cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown have been playing well also. Not to mention the playmaking ability of Dashon Goldson at safety. 

If these players can handle their matchups, it will go a long way in deciding this game. 

Prediction: 49ers 27, Saints 20

The matchup between the Saints offense and 49ers defense will be one for the ages, but there is enough fire power on offense for San Francisco to dominate.

San Francisco should be able to win this battle between two of the most talented teams in football.

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