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Five turnovers for Saints translates to mere six-point lead for 49ers

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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.

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42 Responses to “Five turnovers for Saints translates to mere six-point lead for 49ers”
  1. eddddddd says: Jan 14, 2012 6:49 PM

    This Niners team reminds me of the Steelers teams from a few years ago. Great defense with an offense that can’t score.

  2. nevd83 says: Jan 14, 2012 6:50 PM

    So you guys are just going to ignore the Crabtree touchdown which came 3 plays after the first INT by the 49ers D.

    Good decision, the way Crabtree is playing he probably doesn’t deserve the recognition…

  3. nesuperfan says: Jan 14, 2012 6:55 PM

    If I were a 49er’s fan, I would be changing my soiled undies right about now.

    I still remember the Pats-Indy AFCC game, where the Pats were up a ton. I can honestly say that when the Pats had that 21-6 lead, I was not remotely comfortable because of what the opposing QB was capable of.

    Brees is similarly capable, so no chicken counting yet.

  4. nflfollower says: Jan 14, 2012 6:57 PM

    Defense is great, it’s nice to have, but in today’s NFL, either you have a great QB or you don’t.

  5. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 14, 2012 6:59 PM

    Goes to show how good the saints are that they are still in this game with 5 turnovers. That’s unheard of in the NFL.

  6. textexington says: Jan 14, 2012 7:05 PM

    Bring whoever to Green Bay!!! Go Pack Go!

  7. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:06 PM

    Niners secondary playing out of their mind….

  8. profootballwalk says: Jan 14, 2012 7:07 PM

    ilovefoolsball says: Jan 14, 2012 6:59 PM

    Goes to show how good the saints are that they are still in this game with 5 turnovers. That’s unheard of in the NFL.
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    No, it shows how pathetic the Niners offense is.

  9. jdandcoke says: Jan 14, 2012 7:11 PM

    saints will win this game 28-23. niners look clueless on offense against a very mediocre saints D.

  10. binarybulge says: Jan 14, 2012 7:13 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jan 14, 2012 6:59 PM
    Goes to show how good the saints are that they are still in this game with 5 turnovers. That’s unheard of in the NFL.

    Credit the 9ers suspect offense for that. Any other team in the NFC would be capitalizing so much more.

  11. nflfollower says: Jan 14, 2012 7:14 PM

    49ers offense looks desperate with all these illegal pick routes. They need to get back to running the ball. Alex smith is not going to carry this offense.

  12. 12thman88 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jan 14, 2012 6:59 PM
    Goes to show how good the saints are that they are still in this game with 5 turnovers. That’s unheard of in the NFL.

    I think thats a lot more indicative of the 49ers offense than anything the saints are doing

  13. miamidolphins1 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:28 PM

    this 49ers offense( or lack of) is pathetic.

    im pulling for the 49ers and all this game, but they gotta be able to finish the saints off. its pathetic how they cant muster a long sustained scoring drive since the 1st half.

  14. hmpennypacker says: Jan 14, 2012 7:28 PM

    Smith can’t find a receiver and we can’t run the ball. At the moment there’s only one outcome unless Smith and the offensive line makes some plays. Defense can’t do it all.

  15. hmpennypacker says: Jan 14, 2012 7:31 PM

    Justin Smith – the original #beastmode!!!!!!

  16. crazybeardedjack says: Jan 14, 2012 7:32 PM

    How have the Saints not been called for holding?!!! Bushrod is routinely tackling the Smith boys.

  17. therealstats says: Jan 14, 2012 7:32 PM

    First of all, I am a big fan of FOX, CBS, NBC, ESPN coverage of NFL Football…………….but could someone tell Moose and Goose that sometimes a play is the result of a breakdown or an error from a player or players. Every play, a player is given accolades. It’s not always the result of the player who makes a tackle/sack/catch/run, it could be the error of someone on the other side of the ball………………….wow

  18. test2402 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Tim Tebow is warming up. Get ready.

  19. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    If the 49ers win this, the offense should definitely pick up the defenses’ tab for the lobster, prime rib, and lap dances tonight.

  20. binarybulge says: Jan 14, 2012 7:36 PM

    I’m loving the overall silence from the Saints fans. Can’t contribute anything when they’re not celebrating wins or broken records.

  21. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:40 PM

    12thman88 says:
    Jan 14, 2012 7:15 PM
    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jan 14, 2012 6:59 PM
    Goes to show how good the saints are that they are still in this game with 5 turnovers. That’s unheard of in the NFL.

    I think thats a lot more indicative of the 49ers offense than anything the saints are doing

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    That Niners defense is relentless…they arent allowing Brees to step up into the pocket.

  22. scoob766 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:40 PM

    Saints fans are idiots regardless of what happens here, blah blah 38 points, dominate offense. Who dat? Dat’s the Niners, who the eff are you the Aints?

  23. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:43 PM

    Niners about to bounce these guys out.

    under 5;00 minutes now

  24. ham1 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:46 PM

    One intense game. Wow.

  25. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:48 PM

    OK, lets see what Alex Smith’s got! 24-23, Saints

  26. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:50 PM

    What a play, Vernon Davis! Yeah, Alex Smith wants this!

    lets see if its a fantastic finish by Brees, appears as if Niners will score…in FG range

  27. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:54 PM

    Touchdown Alex Smith!!!!!

    they’ll have to go for 2 on the conversion

    Could Niners be headed to NFC Championship!!

  28. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 14, 2012 7:58 PM

    Wow, nice drive by the Niners, but Harbaugh looks like he’s ready to kill Smith for that audible on the 2 pt conversion.

  29. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:05 PM

    This Saint team

    is unbelievable. Crowd in stunned silence.

    Lets see if Alex Smith has got one more drive in him.

  30. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:09 PM

    Niners in FG range with 47 seconds left!

    what a game!

  31. Foresight2012 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:11 PM

    WOW Touchdown 49ers Alex Smith, Clutch?

  32. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 14, 2012 8:11 PM

    Ok 49er offense, you actually DON’T have to pick up any tabs now.

  33. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:13 PM

    Game, Blouses.

  34. tobiasjodter says: Jan 14, 2012 8:14 PM

    This is what the NFL has become. Pitch and catch. 4 easy back-to-back TD drives to end the game. No defensive play at all. Yawn.

  35. scoob766 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:15 PM

    Where you at Saints?

  36. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 14, 2012 8:15 PM

    Wow…Peter King wrong once again

  37. vikingdoode says: Jan 14, 2012 8:16 PM

    Saints have a better chance beating the Pack

  38. kingpel says: Jan 14, 2012 8:16 PM

    Wow. That was a great game!

  39. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 14, 2012 8:36 PM

    If the Giants win tomorrow…next weeks NFC Championship is gonna be awesome

  40. Henry says: Jan 14, 2012 8:51 PM

    Awesome game!

  41. japadacktle49 says: Jan 15, 2012 6:22 AM

    SCOREBOARD ! Eat crow Aints fans ! We had no chance huh ? WE DAT GO 9ERS !!!!!!

  42. thegreatness34 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    Reading some of these posts…. There’s a reason fans are fans, and should be completely ignored. So Alex Smith can’t get it done huh??? I wonder how many idiot fans were yelling for the backup during the game during that 3rd quarter?

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