With five turnovers from the Saints (two interceptions, three fumbles), the 49ers arguably should be blowing out the visiting team.
Instead, the Niners lead by only six points.
The latest miscue, a fumble on a punt return by Darren Sproles, gave the Niners the ball deep in the Saints’ end of the field. But the San Fran offense, thanks to the third drop by Michael Crabtree, couldn’t generate a first down.
Instead, David Akers banged home a 41-yard field goal.
It’s 20-14, with more than 25 minutes to play.