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Justin Smith on Saints offense: “They’re not Houdini out there”

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Standout 49ers defensive end Justin Smith has a healthy respect for the Saints offense.

He says guards Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans are the toughest group he’ll face all year. Smith says the Saints uniquely keep opponents guessing with play calls because of their underrated running game.

The key, in Smith’s eyes, is to get pressure on Drew Brees without losing sight of the game plan.

“It always comes down to blocking, tackling and catching the football,” Smith said via the San Jose Mercury News. “They’re not Houdini out there. They can’t run one way and go the other.”

(Don’t give Sean Payton any ideas.)

The Titans did a very nice job against the Saints by shortening the game and doing exactly what Smith said. They played fundamental football, held the Saints to 22 points, and had a chance to win in the closing seconds.

New Orleans has averaged 25.8 points-per-game on grass this year and 38.6 points in domes.

“If we just go out there and play sound football, we’ll be alright,” Smith said.

We think he’s right. The 49ers defense is good enough to slow down the Saints attack.

The game may rest more on Alex Smith handling the Saints’ blitzes and creating a little magic of his own.

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106 Responses to “Justin Smith on Saints offense: “They’re not Houdini out there””
  1. test2402 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:49 PM

    Houdini is reserved for Tim Tebow’s heroics.

  2. thefnlimit says: Jan 12, 2012 12:50 PM

    He’s right, no magic, no smoke and mirrors. They just come out and beat you right away, right in front of your own eyes and all you can do is watch. Good luck this weekend Smith, although I will be rooting against your team.

  3. mattsffrd says: Jan 12, 2012 12:51 PM

    Justin Smith = BEAST

    give ‘em hell Niners!!!

  4. dallasholeinroofcowboys says: Jan 12, 2012 12:51 PM

    Can’t really tell you who’s gonna win…divisional match ups are always 50/50.

  5. explosionsauce says: Jan 12, 2012 12:52 PM

    Cue the arrogant Saints bandwagoneers…..

  6. 40zntallcanz says: Jan 12, 2012 12:52 PM

    49ers played the saints last year on monday night football and almost beat them with singletary as head coach. as for the preseason game, the 49er offense had only known the playbook for a few weeks or so, and looked awful against the saints ridiculous amount of blitzes. Drew brees also didnt do much against that 49er defense with about 20 snaps. well see sunday! should be a great game.

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 12, 2012 12:53 PM

    Wanna bet?

  8. fittytuckin says: Jan 12, 2012 12:54 PM

    And you’re no Criss Angel.

  9. cwmorga says: Jan 12, 2012 12:57 PM

    ready for a trick?

    *poof*

    Niners disappear from the playoffs.

  10. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 12, 2012 12:57 PM

    Prepare to get smoked! Saints 42-20…you’ll see soon enough.

  11. willsco16 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:59 PM

    Justin is a fantastic athlete, it will be great to see what the saints I’ll try to do to combat him and Aldon

  12. deadeye says: Jan 12, 2012 12:59 PM

    “They’re not Houdini out there.”

    ============================

    Correct, the Saints aren’t Houdini. They are better than that, they are Doug Henning.

  13. Nevis says: Jan 12, 2012 1:00 PM

    The Saints running game that allowed them to plow Detroit will not be the same factor against the 49ers, if a factor at all.

    They’re the #1 run defense and have been since Week 1. They have given up one 100-yard rusher in 36+ games. They allowed 3 rushing TDs all year (NFL record) and all three came in the last 2 games of the season.

    No, the Saints will be one-dimensional, which doesn’t mean they can’t win…it just won’t look anything like Detroit.

  14. klutch14u says: Jan 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    Kinda seems like it though, eh?

  15. shoooootum says: Jan 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    who’s got it better then us? The Who Dat Nation that’s who,.,.,

    Justin Smith wont be able to close the window to stop the Breese,.,.

    Who Dat

  16. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 12, 2012 1:07 PM

    After this weekend you will think the Saints are Houdini.

    Now you see it, now you don’t TOUCHDOWN!

    Where’s the ball? In the endzone, TOUCHDOWN!

    Where is Meachem, TOUCHDOWN!

    Now Brees has it, now Brees doesnt, Colston does, TOUCHDOWN!

    All day long. Houdini strikes and ends the 49ers fluke season. 38-17

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    Saints run the same signature plays and try to project an image of complexity by running them through a myriad of different of formations. That offense is really basic. It’s the old Gruden Raider offense, which Gruden copied from Shanahan’s Broncos’ offense.

    You beat it by jamming WRs and pressuring the QB.

  18. rj88888 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    Alex who?

  19. jb24fan says: Jan 12, 2012 1:11 PM

    Kind of like the 49ers offense.

  20. franknunley57 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:16 PM

    this game reminds me of super bowl xxv when the giants led by jeff hostetler and a great defense beat the high scoring,no huddle offense of jim kelly and the bills.

  21. bornnraisedwhodat says: Jan 12, 2012 1:20 PM

    I think people that continue to reference the Titans game needs to go back and look at the film. Saints (and the Refs) slowed themselves down, not the Titans defense, although they fought admirably. For ex. a kickoff return by Sproles called back for a penalty for a block in the back by a linebacker that wasn’t even on the field, two 3rd down conversions called back for very ticky tacky holding calls, and Touchdown by Jimmy Graham called back because the tip of his cleat was touching a part of the white grass. Not saying the refs were out to get the Saints, but all agree that was a very ticky tacky game called by the refs, and the Saints uncharacteristically shot themselves in the foot a few times. Dont expect that to happen in the post season.

    This will be a great hard fought game, but I think people are overrating 49ers defense a little bit. The average scoring offense they’ve faced all year is 23rd. They have not faced an offense like this one. Saints wont be putting up a 40 burger, but if this game is close in the end, I’d trust the ball with Drew Brees rather than Alex Smith.

  22. jigwig13 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:20 PM

    Being a 49ers fan…I am actually ok with the idea of alex smith creating his own magic to help us win..this yr when everyone expected us to run against the giants…we came out passing he did good and we won the game..I am nervous about the blitzes..hopefully the oline can get it going..we don’t need another performance like the ravens…with that being said let’s go Niners I been waiting for 10 yrs to see this again

  23. neuteronomy says: Jan 12, 2012 1:22 PM

    I would like the Saints a whole lot more but for their fans. Geaux home, already.

  24. radrntn says: Jan 12, 2012 1:23 PM

    if it comes down to Alex Smith, I’ll take the saints…..

  25. fngs1 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:24 PM

    test2402 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:49 PM
    ——————————————————
    Why don’t you go and sit on the Tebow posts. Since you never have anything to say, but make the same comments on every other post.

  26. tigger0924 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:25 PM

    If they run the same signature plays then stop them if you can. I smell a 40 burger on your overrated defense. Two offensive threats on offense want get it done.

  27. dubblelznhell says: Jan 12, 2012 1:27 PM

    If the Niners gave up 3 rushing td’s in the last 2 weeks of the season, that suggests to me that teams have already looked at those two games. Saints included. So I’d expect a rushing TD or two from the Saints and they will win. If not, it’ll be close.

  28. dexterismyhero says: Jan 12, 2012 1:29 PM

    @deadeye says:Jan 12, 2012 12:59 PM

    “They’re not Houdini out there.”

    ============================

    Correct, the Saints aren’t Houdini. They are better than that, they are Doug Henning.
    ==================================
    You do know that Henning has been dead for over 10 years right?

    You & boisestatewhodat are common idiots.

  29. wherezwaldo says: Jan 12, 2012 1:32 PM

    they’re still the Aints to me. Go Niners !!!

  30. lookatthefarside says: Jan 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    Drew Brees is awesome but it’s now time for the Niners to take the torch!

  31. Nevis says: Jan 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    boisestatewhodat says:
    Jan 12, 2012 12:57 PM
    Prepare to get smoked! Saints 42-20…you’ll see soon enough.

    ——————

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints will go the Candlestick and drop 42 points on the 49ers defense.

    Learn the game or keep your mouth shut.

  32. turbodog1027 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:36 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    Saints run the same signature plays and try to project an image of complexity by running them through a myriad of different of formations. That offense is really basic. It’s the old Gruden Raider offense, which Gruden copied from Shanahan’s Broncos’ offense.

    You beat it by jamming WRs and pressuring the QB.

    I’ve read some incredibly stupid comments on this site before but this one might be the most ignorant of all.
    The Saints have finished 1st in total offense 3 of the last 5 years and have been in the top 5 in each of the last 5 years. Don’t you think if it was just as easy as ‘jamming WR’s and pressuring the QB’ somebody would have already stopped them by now???
    hahahahaha—idiot

  33. southcakpanther says: Jan 12, 2012 1:38 PM

    I was a Giants fan last weekend. I am a 49er fan this weekend. (I bet most of these Saint fans can relate to that as most of them recently jumped onboard the Saints bandwagon)

    Go 49ers! Beat the dog out of the Saints.

    That would make this Panther fan happy.

  34. yamchargers says: Jan 12, 2012 1:39 PM

    Im just cheering for the team I think can beat the Pack, and I just dont think that team is SF, yet. Next year who knows.

  35. klunge says: Jan 12, 2012 1:44 PM

    Something I find interesting is that the Saints score on average 25pts in their losses. That is also the average points Than Franthithco thcores in it’s wins. Not a fan of either (at all) but in a lesser-of-two-evils choice I’ll take the Saints. Smith vs. Brees? Come on…

  36. cwmorga says: Jan 12, 2012 1:49 PM

    @raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    Saints run the same signature plays and try to project an image of complexity by running them through a myriad of different of formations. That offense is really basic. It’s the old Gruden Raider offense, which Gruden copied from Shanahan’s Broncos’ offense.

    You beat it by jamming WRs and pressuring the QB.
    ————————

    …and also run different plays out of the same formation. Regardless, I don’t think they’re trying to project an image of complexity. They’re trying to be unpredictable.

  37. grudenthediva says: Jan 12, 2012 1:49 PM

    “Cue the arrogant Saints bandwagoneers…..”

    Not a Saints fan by any means but I had to chuckle at the thought of a Niners fan talking bandwagon. Oh, how I miss the days from 1995-2002-ish where everyone was either a “die hard” Niners/Cowboys, Braves, Red Wings and Bulls fan.

    Then they all became Pats fans.

  38. seahawksfan25 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:53 PM

    49ers actually got a chance as long as the saints don’t jump out to a big lead early. If its close through 3 quarters. Sanfran pulls this one out

  39. salmen76 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:59 PM

    Justin. You have done none other than awakened a sleeping giant! And Gregg, you agreed with him. On Saturday, 14 January 2012, at candlestick park (what a puney name for a stadium) the Best team in pro football, the New Orleans Saints will beat the 40 whiners into submission. I can’t wait to watch the post game interviews and watch harbogg eat his words and make excuses. He’ll be saying, oh, the Saints blitzed too much, they hurted our wittle quater-back. Our wittle quaterback couldn’t throw the ball cuz he was knocked around in a hurtfull violent way. Ha Ha. Wha wha Wha. Geaux Saints!

  40. jackybadass says: Jan 12, 2012 2:03 PM

    49ers have a great d but smith is a bum. should have taken rodgers! ha ha go packers!

  41. southcakpanther says: Jan 12, 2012 2:03 PM

    bornnraisedwhodat says:
    Jan 12, 2012 1:20 PM
    I think people that continue to reference the Titans game needs to go back and look at the film. Saints (and the Refs) slowed themselves down, not the Titans defense,
    —————————————

    A Saint fan talking about the refs making ticky tack calls AGAINST them is laughable. I’ll bet Detroit fans would like to hear your analysis.

  42. steelerfanjo says: Jan 12, 2012 2:04 PM

    the Niners are a team who has not won crap for years and all they do is talk and act like it is 1988 again. You are gonna get beat, and your coach is going to blake it on the refs – like he does every game. Professionals act liek they have been there before. Justin Smith – you were A Bengal!!!!!!

  43. jaggedmark says: Jan 12, 2012 2:04 PM

    Wow. A Doug Henning reference posted in the comments. This site really does have diversity among its readers.

    Nice reference, by deadeye

  44. calbeartc says: Jan 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    Drew Brees and Saints organization: no true road playoff wins. People are overrating them a bit thanks to two home blowouts of a lousy Detroit secondary.

  45. garyman1 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    Yeah, but don’t forget that Houdini died after getting punched in the stomach….and never recovering.

  46. jackntorres says: Jan 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    Next he’s gonna say its not like they have the MOST yards offense in regular season history AND MOST yards offense in a playoff game last week.

  47. dvdman123 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:13 PM

    Okay Niner fans let remind you again your QB is “Alex Smith” it is not Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady……….enough said. Anyway I don’t like the Niners chances in this game unless there are earthquakes everytime the Saints have the ball.

  48. bubba9er says: Jan 12, 2012 2:14 PM

    Justin Smith has paid his dues. He was on a bad 9ers team for years, and before that was on the Bengals, enough said. I think he has earned the right to enjoy whatever success they achieve.
    Go Niners.

  49. goodguyjohn says: Jan 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    cwmorga says:Jan 12, 2012 12:57 PM

    ready for a trick?

    *poof*

    Niners disappear from the playoffs.
    __________________________________

    I’m a die hard Niner fan but this was probably the funniest post I’ve read all week. Well done

  50. magnumpei says: Jan 12, 2012 2:17 PM

    test2402 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:49 PM

    Houdini is reserved for Tim Tebow’s heroics.

    —-

    Is your mission in life to mention Tim Tebow in every PFT talkback?

  51. trollhammer20 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:24 PM

    This is the kind of game that ‘Frisco could totally dominate for 50 minutes….and still lose.

    Control the ball, work the clock, convert first downs, win the field position battle…all well and good, but if all it leads to is 1 TD and 5 Akers field goals, a couple of late drives by the Saints…who have scored almost at will over the past two months…to take the game away.

    Conversely, if New Orleans dictates the pace and tempo of the game for the first 50 minutes, only the most die-hard Saints fans will be watching the last 10, because it will have been over for a very long time.

    2 keys to this game:

    1) SF’s redzone offense. Field goals are useless. They need TDs.

    2) Turnovers. The last five teams to lead the NFL in turnover ratio have gone 0-5 in the playoffs, and committed 17 turnovers in those games. SF must reverse that trend. They’ve been exceptional at not turning the ball over in the regular season. If that changes, they’re done.

  52. franknunley57 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:26 PM

    @steelerfanjo says:

    after which game did jim harbaugh “blake” the refs? cause there were only 3 losses this year. The 9ers wrecked the steelers season on mnf.

  53. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 12, 2012 2:28 PM

    Fine Bevis…49-20. How’s that? And only a delusional 40 1 and doner fan would assume that the best offense in NFL history isn’t capable of hanging at least 40 on your defense.

  54. sf69ers says: Jan 12, 2012 2:41 PM

    Don’t think the Saints are going to come into Candlestick and light up a score board. Last year Alex Smith torched the Saints. For all Alex Smith doubters out there, he has quietly played great football this season and had only 5 interceptions through 16 games. They don’t play to win big, but they can win ugly and frustrate the Saints offense by long drives and not allowing the Saints to have much YAC. The screen passes they run won’t work versus Willis and Bowman. Alex can make big throws when needed.

  55. zappa69 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:45 PM

    The Saints defense will hit Smith on every pass play. Late hits and shots at the feet and knees, expect it.

  56. ebeg420 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:47 PM

    Even with Ingram and Moore injured, the Saints are LOADED!!!! BEST O-Line in the NFL, Brees, Ivory, Sproles, Thomas, Colston, Henderson, Meechum, Graham….. If Jim Harbaugh doesn’t have those sprinklers going all week, the Niners are in some deep bleep……

  57. thinwhiteduke76 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:47 PM

    It’s not a good idea to give Sean Payton material to motivate the team against you. Not like N.O. don’t already have enough to build up motivation since they are winless on the road in playoffs,and everyone constantly badmouthing them on the road.

    I want this to be a really good game. If the 49ers win it, they’ll be proving that they are a real elite team. If the Saints win it, I don’t think many will be surprised.

  58. salmen76 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:48 PM

    The 40 whiners set an NFL record this year for kicking field goals. Thats right. The 40 whiners set an NFL record for kicking the most field goals in one season. And they play in that scrub division and still had to resort to kicking field goals. Their offense is high school level at best. They lost to the cowboys cuz all they did was get field goals. ha ha. And yall didn’t know about the 40 whiners field goal record did you. Because Harbogg and his fellow whiners know that ain’t nothin to bragg about! Ha Ha. They think they can beat the best team in pro football by kicking field goals. That is just too funny. Geaux Saints!

  59. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 12, 2012 2:51 PM

    The Saints have just as much a chance to blow this game as they do to blow out the 9ers.

    The Saints have never won a road playoff game in the club’s history, however this year history has been broken several times by Payton & Co.

  60. jimboslice208 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:57 PM

    @Salem

    Yeah the Niners did break the field goal record and still went 13-3! Pretty funny huh?

    Wanna hear something else thats funny? AJ Feeley and the Rams beat you…or should i spell it yeaux?

    Go Niners

  61. sonoco says: Jan 12, 2012 2:59 PM

    If the Lions had the All-Pro tandem of Willis & Bowman roaming the middle not missing tackle after tackle last Saturday that game would have been very different. The Lions must have bled about 120 yards and numerous 3rd down conversions due to blown tackles. That won’t happen this weekend. The 49ers defense is so damn good because it’s probably the most fundamentally sound unit in the league. They rarely bleed free yards because of missed tackles. It might not sound like a big deal, but it is.

    Niners 27 – Saints 23

    The Saints road playoff futility will continue.

  62. usmutts says: Jan 12, 2012 3:14 PM

    Saints fan here. This is the golden era of Saints football. Payton and Brees and Colston and Nicks and Graham, etc. A Super Bowl victory. Wow.Who would ever have thought it? And it may never come again, once it’s over.

    If the Saints beat the Niners I’ll be happy. If they don’t I won’t be too disappointed. Just having the Saints in a game like this was unthinkable not too long ago. I have tons of respect for this year’s Niners team, especially for the two Smith guys, given what they’ve been through over the last few years. If the Niners win, more power to them. It will still be the golden era of Saints football and nobody can take that away from them.

  63. discosucs2005 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:15 PM

    I like how you can tell which Saints fans jumped the bandwagon in the last few years. The original Saints fans are so humble about any success because they remember every other year in Saints history besides the last few. The high schoolers who Wikipedia’d Bourbon Street and still laugh at the “and New Orleans is a town that knows how to party” jokes after every Saints win, are the ones throwing around the words “Whiners” and calling a blowout.

    All that said, the Saints either lose in SF or not at all in my opinion. And as a 49ers fan I would have no shame (other than the crippling shame that comes with all losses) in losing to the Saints. They’re a great team.

  64. franknunley57 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:18 PM

    sean payton is a scab. period. yeaux goeaux root for him.

  65. theninerfan says: Jan 12, 2012 3:25 PM

    The 49ers have the best defense in the entire NFL. Bottom line is points. The 49ers have only given up 229 total points on the season. That’s an average of 14.3125 points per game. The 49ers have given up only 10 points in the last 3 home games. We will also control the clock. The 49ers ground game will eat the clock. The 49ers special teams will pin you deep. There is nothing the Saints can do. You are about to be Harbaughed!

    Welcome to the Stick! Home of sudden winds and bad soggy turf!

    Good Luck Saints!

  66. phelbin says: Jan 12, 2012 3:38 PM

    I feel like a broken record. Yes, the Niners are in the NFC West. Fine. But they went 5-1 against their division, and 8-2 against everyone else. 3-1 against the AFC North (3 of which were playoff teams). They played 5 of the other 11 playoff teams, and beat 4 of them.

    The Saints put up impressive numbers at home, but this Saturday they’ll face the best defense they’ve seen all year (14.3 ppg). And it won’t be in a climate controlled dome where they can spread things out. Candlestick is windy and the field gets sloppy.

    The 49ers don’t need to score 60 points to win when the defense and special teams limit their opponents to 14 points per game. They won’t win a shoot-out. But their defense means they don’t have to.

  67. miamisaint3255 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:39 PM

    seahawksfan25 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 1:53 PM
    49ers actually got a chance as long as the saints don’t jump out to a big lead early. If its close through 3 quarters. Sanfran pulls this one out

    ———
    Yes, if the niners are not a lot of points behind in 4th quarter they will still be in the game. If they have more points at the end, they will win. But it looks like the Saints will jump to the big lead. Then Alex Smith will have to have the game of his life and niners D will have to cause turnovers for their to be a comeback.

    38-7

  68. travisblink619 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:47 PM

    You know, we 49er fans have been quiet for years whole our team has grossly underperformed. We finally get a great season, and want to stand up a scream about it. We’re excited, we’re not dissing your team, saying you’re a fluke and your QB is a bum, or making up lame connotations from your coaches last name. Quit trying to blow my buzz, let the teams show up to play. And whether or not the 49ers advance past this weekend, I’m happy because this only Harbaughs first season. Next year the NFL will be on notice. Nobody got it better than us.

  69. schmitty2 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    Nevis says:
    Jan 12, 2012 1:34 PM
    boisestatewhodat says:
    Jan 12, 2012 12:57 PM
    Prepare to get smoked! Saints 42-20…you’ll see soon enough.

    ——————

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints will go the Candlestick and drop 42 points on the 49ers defense.

    Learn the game or keep your mouth shut

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints couldn’t score 42 points against the 49er’s “tough defense” who just gave up 27 points 2 weeks ago to the 12 points per game Rams

  70. sxt004 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:53 PM

    “Alex smith has quietly had a great season….”

    You do realize that he operates the worst red zone offense in the league and He’s only thrown 17 td passes…thats only more than

    Matt Moore-16
    Matt Schaub-15
    Tavaris Jackson-14
    Jay Cutler-13
    Carson Palmer-13
    Blaine Gabbert-12

    I would show yardage but TJ is the only one who started all year and everyone else is less that 1k yards behind him…So yeah….seems like a winner. Lets be real, the DEFENSE is what has kept San Fran in every game and also the reason for a 13-3 record…Not Smith. Don’t make him out to be this great QB. You know who he reminds me of…Trent Dilfer and the Ravens. Trent Dilfer was a hell of a QB though right?

    I say this on every post, if you’re a fan and not a bandwagon wanna be, then talk real football please.

  71. dickpoundsit says: Jan 12, 2012 4:06 PM

    Being a Packers fan, I sincerely hope the Saints lose this one, but I have a very bad feeling they are going to torch the Niners.

  72. sonoco says: Jan 12, 2012 4:11 PM

    schmitty2 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints couldn’t score 42 points against the 49er’s “tough defense” who just gave up 27 points 2 weeks ago to the 12 points per game Rams

    *******************************

    Yes, a game where several Niner defensive starters were pulled after we were up 34-13 in the fourth. Yet another vacant point from Saints fan not paying attention.

  73. turbodog1027 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    I feel like a broken record. Yes, the Niners are in the NFC West. Fine. But they went 5-1 against their division, and 8-2 against everyone else. 3-1 against the AFC North (3 of which were playoff teams). They played 5 of the other 11 playoff teams, and beat 4 of them.

    The Saints put up impressive numbers at home, but this Saturday they’ll face the best defense they’ve seen all year (14.3 ppg). And it won’t be in a climate controlled dome where they can spread things out. Candlestick is windy and the field gets sloppy.

    The 49ers don’t need to score 60 points to win when the defense and special teams limit their opponents to 14 points per game. They won’t win a shoot-out. But their defense means they don’t have to.

    Forecast for saturday is SUNNY AND 65 with winds expected at 4MPH.
    The A/C in the dome blows harder than that.
    Looks like the best weather the Saints could hope for.

  74. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 12, 2012 4:23 PM

    For the uneducated, uncultured persons using the “-eaux” incorrectly. Words such as “yeaux” would actually be pronounced “yo”.

    It just makes you look like you’re even less cultured and more suburbanized than ever. You’d probably be the tourist on Bourbon St. drinking hand grenades and going to strip clubs claiming that you’ve experienced New Orleans.

  75. saintsfan1111 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:28 PM

    Ask the might Suh how he got his butt kicked all game.

  76. rushmatic says: Jan 12, 2012 4:30 PM

    sxt004 says:
    “Alex smith has quietly had a great season….”

    You do realize that he operates the worst red zone offense in the league and He’s only thrown 17 td passes…thats only more than

    Matt Moore-16
    Matt Schaub-15
    Tavaris Jackson-14
    Jay Cutler-13
    Carson Palmer-13
    Blaine Gabbert-12

    I would show yardage but TJ is the only one who started all year and everyone else is less that 1k yards behind him…So yeah….seems like a winner. Lets be real, the DEFENSE is what has kept San Fran in every game and also the reason for a 13-3 record…Not Smith. Don’t make him out to be this great QB. You know who he reminds me of…Trent Dilfer and the Ravens. Trent Dilfer was a hell of a QB though right?

    I say this on every post, if you’re a fan and not a bandwagon wanna be, then talk real football please.

    _______________

    I don’t care how much you “know” about football, you sound like a condescending a#*hole.

  77. thomas2727 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:35 PM

    I am a neutral observer but the last time I checked the 49ers have 5 Super Bowl rings to the Saints 1.

    Hey Saints fans, stop acting like you’re the Yankees

  78. theysone says: Jan 12, 2012 4:40 PM

    Wow, reading all these Saints fans posts, you’d think they’re a bunch of 10 year olds who’ve never seen their team go to the playoffs before (notable exception being usmutts, who actually put together an intelligent, respectful post). Forty Whiners? Come on.

  79. kylehealy says: Jan 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    I don’t get the Saints fans coming on and running their mouths how they’re gonna put up 42 points and end the 49ers fluke season. What the hell are you guys talking about? Didn’t the Ryan brothers teach you guys anything about running your mouths before a game? Not to mention, didn’t you guys lose in the playoffs last year to a team with a losing record? Last I checked, that’s never happened before.

    And fluke season? I suppose not letting up a rushing touchdown over 15 games was a fluke too. The 42 points isn’t even worth addressing. Yea, Brees and Co have been tearing it up…..in domes. But their last 2 times outdoors they haven’t put up more than 22 points and even lost to the Bucs. The same Bucs that lost to the 9ers 48-3 and lost their final 10 games.

    Should be a great game featuring arguably the best offense against the best defense. If the Saints win, by all means talk all you want Saturday night, but until then, I’ll leave you with some advice my father told me about saying dumb things. Think about what your gonna say before you say it…..then think about it again….then think about 10 more times then just don’t freaking say it.

  80. norcalmafia says: Jan 12, 2012 4:49 PM

    Funny how there used to be a couple Saints fans now theres thousands..just saying..

  81. mdd913 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:50 PM

    Saints offense can steamroll any defense and the Niners offense is practically nonexistent.

    45-10 Saints

  82. theysone says: Jan 12, 2012 4:50 PM

    schmitty2 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    Nevis says:
    Jan 12, 2012 1:34 PM
    boisestatewhodat says:
    Jan 12, 2012 12:57 PM
    Prepare to get smoked! Saints 42-20…you’ll see soon enough.

    ——————

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints will go the Candlestick and drop 42 points on the 49ers defense.

    Learn the game or keep your mouth shut

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints couldn’t score 42 points against the 49er’s “tough defense” who just gave up 27 points 2 weeks ago to the 12 points per game Rams
    __________________________________

    You mean, the same exact Rams that BEAT the Saints by putting up 31 points, limiting your offense to 21 points?

    The 49ers were resting several of their All-Pro defensive starters in the 2nd half (14 of those points came after the Niners went up 3 scores.

  83. thefnlimit says: Jan 12, 2012 4:55 PM

    dexterismyhero says:Jan 12, 2012 1:29 PM

    @deadeye says:Jan 12, 2012 12:59 PM

    “They’re not Houdini out there.”

    ============================

    Correct, the Saints aren’t Houdini. They are better than that, they are Doug Henning.
    ==================================
    You do know that Henning has been dead for over 10 years right?

    You & boisestatewhodat are common idiots.

    ===============================

    And how long has Houdini been dead? You sir are also a common idiot.

  84. southcakpanther says: Jan 12, 2012 4:57 PM

    kylehealy says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    And fluke season? I suppose not letting up a rushing touchdown over 15 games was a fluke too.
    ———————————

    This was truly an amazing statistic. Has that ever happened before? I can’t believe it didn’t get more hype nationally. To not give up a rushing touchdown in the NFL over 15 games is just crazy.

  85. thefnlimit says: Jan 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    thomas2727 says:Jan 12, 2012 4:35 PM

    I am a neutral observer but the last time I checked the 49ers have 5 Super Bowl rings to the Saints 1.

    Hey Saints fans, stop acting like you’re the Yankees

    ==============================

    True, they do have 5. The last one in 1994. Needless to say, the franchise has changed a little in 17 years…..

  86. theysone says: Jan 12, 2012 4:59 PM

    turbodog1027 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    Forecast for saturday is SUNNY AND 65 with winds expected at 4MPH.
    The A/C in the dome blows harder than that.
    Looks like the best weather the Saints could hope for.

    _____________________________________

    Psst, your ignorance is showing!

    Quoting the forecast of the weather in San Francisco as the conditions at Candlestick? That’s almost as bad as quoting the forecast of New Orleans as what the conditions will be like in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

    1) Candlestick isn’t even in the city of San Francisco. It’s in Brisbane. 2) It’s located on Candlestick point, which is subject to swirling winds.

  87. cullenand99 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:09 PM

    This coming from a real Saints fan, please excuse all the obnoxious bandwagoneers. They aren’t real fans. Us real Saints fans have been through the horrible times and are just glad that we have a Super Bowl caliber team now. As someone else said most of us are humble. Again, the 4o whiners people don’t reflect true Saints fans, those are the bandwagoneers that every great team has had.

    Anyway this game should be a very good game. I sure hope we win but if we don’t then we always have next year. I just hope someone knocks out the Packers. Whether it be the Saints Niners, or Giants, just somebody please don’t let them repeat.

  88. turbodog1027 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:18 PM

    theysone says: Jan 12, 2012 4:59 PM

    turbodog1027 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    Forecast for saturday is SUNNY AND 65 with winds expected at 4MPH.
    The A/C in the dome blows harder than that.
    Looks like the best weather the Saints could hope for.

    _____________________________________

    Psst, your ignorance is showing!

    Quoting the forecast of the weather in San Francisco as the conditions at Candlestick? That’s almost as bad as quoting the forecast of New Orleans as what the conditions will be like in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

    1) Candlestick isn’t even in the city of San Francisco. It’s in Brisbane. 2) It’s located on Candlestick point, which is subject to swirling winds.
    ………………………………………………………..
    here’s the official forecast.. You were right. Wind speed is different in Brisbane..thanks. Forecast calls for winds to be a brisk 3mph….hahahaha..here ya go retard ………….http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USCA0131

  89. schmitty2 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:18 PM

    sonoco says:
    Jan 12, 2012 4:11 PM
    schmitty2 says: Jan 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints couldn’t score 42 points against the 49er’s “tough defense” who just gave up 27 points 2 weeks ago to the 12 points per game Rams

    *******************************

    Yes, a game where several Niner defensive starters were pulled after we were up 34-13 in the fourth. Yet another vacant point from Saints fan not paying attention.

    Too bad I’m not a Saints fan and only a few starters were pulled. You guys gave up over 200 yards to KELLEN CLEMENS. Brees is quite a bit better than him

  90. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:23 PM

    Such deep thoughts from the non-Saints fans….profound…I learn so much from their insight….amazing what you can conceive during your lunch break from your shift at Walmart….

  91. kylehealy says: Jan 12, 2012 5:25 PM

    @southcakpanther

    They actually tied the record for games without letting up a rushing TD with 15. Had Marshawn Lynch not scored week 17 and they would have made it the whole season without allowing one. The only other team to match their 15 games though was the ’85 Bears and they were pretty good ha.

  92. dmp5687 says: Jan 12, 2012 7:52 PM

    I have read several articles and tons of comments on this game and I don’t think I have seen anybody talk about playoff experience and how it affects the players. Since SF has not been in the playoffs in several years I could see how, if they fall behind real quick, their nerves could start to get to them….if that happens NO offense will run laps on them.

  93. tmtz2112 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:09 PM

    Idiots like salmen76 have been eating to much bp oil battered fish and shrimp its rotting your brain cells, once the aints get humbled on game day you can get your retro saints brown bag so no one can see your tears when you geaux cry to all the other aints fans and can say who dat who dat its the niners who kicked our asses thats who dat

  94. discosucs2005 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:29 PM

    @kylehealy

    It’s the record for a single season. The Bears record is continued from a previous season I believe. Also the Rams were week 17 and scored 2 TDs. Lynch was the week before.

  95. forever8young says: Jan 12, 2012 9:29 PM

    Saints fans are a bunch of slack-jawed in-bred hicks if you ask me.

  96. sxt004 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:49 PM

    So then all 49er fans must be butt pirates? Or is that incorrect. Let me rephrase..I live in lafayette, la. One of the richest, fastest economic growing cities in the United States. Dont know anyine in-bred here however i know about 4 lesbians and 3 gay guys who are from san fran. Guess that means everyone therw is huh? What you just said has nothing to do with football. It does show how ignorant you are and what little your brain is capable of. As for the oil spill, you fools must listen to liberal media all day, the seafood and “terrible” disaster wasnt as bad and thi gs are relatively the same as before.

  97. sxt004 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:55 PM

    Yes rushmatic i guess you are correct. sad thing is im only 27 so i can only get worse.

  98. saintij says: Jan 12, 2012 11:01 PM

    Seams each side has a lot to say about this game. What I will say is I’ve watched this Saints teams since forever and I have seen a team go from nothing to a parenial playoff team they are mature well versed in there scheme and have learned how to finish. Battle tested. That means they can weather that NINER STORM and get through it and just like everything else it looks different in person. LMHO😂😝LET’S GO SAINTS!!!!!👍

  99. sixjak says: Jan 12, 2012 11:34 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 3:51 PM
    Nevis says:
    Jan 12, 2012 1:34 PM
    boisestatewhodat says:
    Jan 12, 2012 12:57 PM
    Prepare to get smoked! Saints 42-20…you’ll see soon enough.

    ——————

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints will go the Candlestick and drop 42 points on the 49ers defense.

    Learn the game or keep your mouth shut

    Only someone completely clueless would think the Saints couldn’t score 42 points against the 49er’s “tough defense” who just gave up 27 points 2 weeks ago to the 12 points per game Rams

     ————

    And only someone completely clueless would bother to take a closer look at why a team suddenly bucked their own trend against one of the teams in the league. Did the KC vs GB game expose who GB really is? Justin Smith, Patrick Willis (Remember that guy? Do the Saints have a guy who can play like him? The 9ers do. His name is Bowman.) and Ray MacDonald were nicked up the last few games. SF gets a bunch of ppl back on Sat that have been injured. NO does have some key injuries and have struggled in road games and in playoff games. We all can speculate and bloviate away like children do about who has the tougher dad but anything can happen. The 9ers should be well rested and hopefully they aren’t rusty. FTR, I don’t see NO going into GB should they beat SF and doing anything but losing. They just aren’t built for outside-cold weather-real grass-football. I think the Giants are probably the best hope for preventing GB from returning to the SB. However if the 9ers win then they can probably go to GB and stifle the Pack too. What better destiny could you ask for? The opportunity to conquer Breeze, Rodgers and then Brady is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Alex, this your chance to become legendary. Do it.

  100. forever8young says: Jan 12, 2012 11:55 PM

    norcalmafia says: Jan 12, 2012 4:49 PM

    Funny how there used to be a couple Saints fans now theres thousands..just saying..

    ==================================

    They’ll go back to the paper bags right around 5pm our time on Saturday.

  101. sixjak says: Jan 12, 2012 11:59 PM

    What i meant to say: “And only someone completely clueless wouldn’t bother to take a closer look at why a team suddenly bucked their own trend against one of the worst teams in the league.”

  102. forever8young says: Jan 13, 2012 12:11 AM

    @ sxt004:

    Seems I struck a nerve there, Cletus. The thing is you guys are unbelievably obnoxious for having won a single title in your 45 years of existence. You might learn something from Packers fans. They’re the reigning champs and coming off a 15-1 season and yet the vast majority here seem like reasonable people. I guess it’s because they’ve been there before. There seems to be a shortage of class in southern Louisiana, despite all that “economic growth.”

  103. forever8young says: Jan 13, 2012 12:16 AM

    Now I see why hometown hero Dwayne Carter is a Packers fan. I’d be singing Green & Yellow too if I was from that dump.

  104. captainwhodat says: Jan 13, 2012 7:26 AM

    Justin Smith and the other 49ers need to wear their prettiest smocks to the games as the manly Saints will have their way with them…

  105. jackntorres says: Jan 14, 2012 10:23 AM

    forever8young says:
    Jan 13, 2012 12:16 AM
    Now I see why hometown hero Dwayne Carter is a Packers fan. I’d be singing Green & Yellow too if I was from that dump.
    ——
    Man Cali is so classy! Trust me, your intellectual insight will affect the game. NOT

  106. jackntorres says: Jan 14, 2012 10:26 AM

    forever8young says:
    Jan 13, 2012 12:11 AM
    @ sxt004:

    Seems I struck a nerve there, Cletus. The thing is you guys are unbelievably obnoxious for having won a single title in your 45 years of existence. You might learn something from Packers fans. They’re the reigning champs and coming off a 15-1 season and yet the vast majority here seem like reasonable people. I guess it’s because they’ve been there before. There seems to be a shortage of class in southern Louisiana, despite all that “economic growth.”
    ——
    We are showing less than half of the obnoxiousness demonstrated by your fan base which has not won in 15 years. You sir are an ignorant bigot. Stay on the west coast please.

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