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Colin Kaepernick and a ferocious defense lead 49ers over Saints

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The Colin Kaepernick era for the 49ers has officially begun, and the folks in San Francisco have to like what they see.

Kaepernick, who has supplanted Alex Smith as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, had a solid game as the 49ers beat the Saints 31-21 in New Orleans.

Smith has been a fine quarterback for the 49ers since coach Jim Harbaugh arrived last season, but it was easy on Sunday to see why Harbaugh chose to bench Smith for Kaepernick: Kaepernick has a much stronger arm and is a much better athlete than Smith, and he’s able to do things in the 49ers’ offense that Smith cannot. Kaepernick ran for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown, showed good zip on his passes and showed poise against the Saints’ blitz. There’s no doubt that Harbaugh made the right choice.

But the 49ers are Super Bowl contenders for a lot more than just Kaepernick. Their two great pass rushers, Aldon Smith and Justin Smith, had another ferocious game, making life miserable for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. And the 49ers twice intercepted Brees and returned both picks for six, with Ahmad Brooks running one back 50 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and Donte Whitner running one back 42 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

For the Saints, the loss drops them to 5-6 and probably out of the playoff race in the NFC, where even a 10-6 record might not be enough to earn a wild card berth. Things also got ugly late in the game, when Saints defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley was ejected for kicking a 49ers player.

But for the 49ers, this win was a thing of beauty: It improves their record to 8-2-1 and firmly establishes that they’re Super Bowl contenders. And Kaepernick is the quarterback to get them there.

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  1. bathroomben7 says: Nov 25, 2012 7:46 PM

    Nice Haynesworth/Suh stomp at the end there Saints. The dirtiest team in the league strikes again.

  2. traviskraft24 says: Nov 25, 2012 7:46 PM

    Love the victory. Good job by Kap, but as a human being with consideration for other people you have to have pity on Alex, this has been a frustrating career for a good QB and great teammate. Go Niners!

  3. enochmh2 says: Nov 25, 2012 7:46 PM

    Things keep looking bad for alex smith,kaepernick has been quite impressive

  4. golforepar says: Nov 25, 2012 7:47 PM

    The team is very good, it’s too bad the coach is the biggest cry baby in the league!

  5. cakemixa says: Nov 25, 2012 7:48 PM

    Yeah, the 5-6 Saints are definitely out of the playoff race. They have no shot to catch up to all the other 5-6 and 6-5 teams fighting for the WC spots.

  6. oaktown49er says: Nov 25, 2012 7:48 PM

    Happy for my 49ers. No need to gloat. Some terrible calls, both ways. (I think Crabtree should still be running) Saints are a good team, should make the playoffs. Now don’t fall asleep again after two wins in a row.

  7. cinvis says: Nov 25, 2012 7:50 PM

    Brees gave this game away. Soooo overrated!!!!

  8. yourfavoriteteamsucksbigtime says: Nov 25, 2012 7:51 PM

    Now the niners are a contender.

  9. faithnsaints says: Nov 25, 2012 7:51 PM

    Yeah, hats off to the 9ers. They played a good game. The two ints for TD broke our backs. May or may not win the Superbowl, let along make the playoffs. Just please beat the Falcons again!

    Who Dat!!

  10. norcalmafia says: Nov 25, 2012 7:56 PM

    We beat the Saints and the Refs!..No one still wants to admit the Niners are legit..Keep doubting Haters!

  11. sfsaintsfan says: Nov 25, 2012 7:59 PM

    Two non-calls on 4th down obvious PI calls helps the 49’ers.

    Good game by the Niners, and Saints would have probably lost anyway, but, but come on, man.

  12. thegaterecords says: Nov 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    The Kaepernick era has officially begun in S.F., I say we keep Alex Smith but NOT at the $8.5 million that he is due in 2013, he needs to restructure his contract to the veteran minimum; we need to cut David Akers before the playoffs, missed field goals could cost us in the playoffs; overall a GREAT game for my 49ers.

  13. illis52 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:02 PM

    Kaept-in America is looking pretty good and gained a lot of fan confidence in this game. The question is: will KC trade a #1 for Alex Smith?

  14. redandgoldhitman52 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:03 PM

    alex smith looks so upset throughout the whole game. after the first td u can see alex with a look of disgust and shaking his head.
    oh well. see ya alex… pack your bags and dont let the door hit u on the way out.
    kaepernick is the man. u see how he sits in the pocket with mad pressure in his face. 2-0

  15. sportsguybayarea says: Nov 25, 2012 8:04 PM

    The best defense in the NFL does it again! This victory is for all the haters that said the niners were a fluke and that they would come crashing down to earth this season…yeah right!

  16. cali49er707 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    LOL at all the HATERS who cried about the change at QB!!

    Remember folks……… These are the same people that said Alex would never win the 9ERS a Superbowl & also said last year was a fluke and we would go 6 & 10 this season. Then Harbaugh makes the QB change & they say we are doomed??LOL

    Make up your minds you HATERS!!!!

    GO 9ERS!!!!

  17. cinvis says: Nov 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    bathroomben7 says:
    Nov 25, 2012 7:46 PM
    The dirtiest team in the league strikes again.

    Seattle begs to differ.

  18. phelbin says: Nov 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    I’m a lifelong Niners fan, and I hate the decision to go with Kaep. The Niners won but it was because of the defense and two pick sixes. It feels like they’ve taken a step back on offense. Alex Smith, unlike earlier in his career, was performing at a high level and shouldn’t have been benched.

    Harbaugh is over-coaching. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  19. WestCoastVet says: Nov 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    Oaktown49er – I agree, Crab should still be running. We had a lot of penalties negate first downs and a TD which is always frustrating but overall the crowd noise didn’t break down the young Kap which is a positive.

  20. rickthefactor says: Nov 25, 2012 8:07 PM

    The 49er’s are without a doubt the most balanced team in football right now. The Texans and Falcons would not be able to hang with the 49er’s on either side of the football. The power rankings won’t mean a thing when the playoffs start baby! Go NINERS!

  21. WestCoastVet says: Nov 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    Yeah… What’s the deal with Akers’ consistency this year? Is he playing hurt?

  22. genericcommenter says: Nov 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    Oh, is this like Steve Young replacing Joe Montana?

    In all seriousness, Alex Smith’s QB rating this season was higher than all but one of Montana’s seasons.

  23. gillespie138 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    I’m the guy earlier this week that was saying ok Alex has got to go back in, but with Kaepernick playing like this in the superdome, have all the confidence in the world. I’m from Reno, and when they drafted him I thought it was such a mistake. Kinda reminding me of Big Ben, but more athletic.

  24. plaguedog519 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    Ferocious is a huge understatement regarding the 49ers’ defense today. Countless brutal hits on top of not giving Brees a chance to breath in the 2nd half. Very good game by the 49ers

  25. boyshole25 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    Illis52. You would get a 4th tops for smith man are you crazy

  26. theysone says: Nov 25, 2012 8:11 PM

    Randy Moss should get credit for saving the gimme interception in the endzone.

    Kap threw 1 terrible pick, and had the other one Moss saved, and he nearly fumbled again when he was tackled from behind when jogging on a running play.

    Alex Smith is still the better qb and gives this team the best chance to win in the post-season.

  27. sactown9er916 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:12 PM

    I thought the 9er defensive pass rush played great in the 2nd half and may have won the game for them. New Orleans is very well capable of coming back from 2+ possession deficits and didn’t feel at ease till the game was FINAL. Great ballgame today

  28. musicman495 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:12 PM

    cinvis says: Nov 25, 2012 7:50 PM

    Brees gave this game away. Soooo overrated!!!!
    ————————————
    Right. You can come back here and repeat that the day of his HOF induction.

  29. lechemas says: Nov 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    Dude, his numbers were pretty weak today. 16/25 1td 1int Alex has been WAY better than that over the last two years… Alex is the guy to start if they want a SB ring. Kap isn’t ready.

    nochmh2 says: Nov 25, 2012 7:46 PM

    Things keep looking bad for alex smith,kaepernick has been quite impressive

  30. nineroutsider says: Nov 25, 2012 8:14 PM

    Nice win, but still a lot of things to cleanup. They were a little sloppy today, especially on Special Teams. Those things have to be tightened up before the playoffs.

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:15 PM

    Its been 2 games I wouldn’t put Kaepernick in the hall of fame just yet, though the press will rush to do so.

    I can’t imagine he’d be having the same results if he was on a lousy team. Its much easier to do well with a good cast of players around you.

  32. tigershark49 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:15 PM

    Drew Brees probably needs an explanation after getting tossed around like a little rag doll. LOL. That’s what
    the Saints get for what they tried to do in the playoffs (injure 49ers) and the blitzing they did in that preseason game. As a 49er fan, it is sweet.

  33. skins4me says: Nov 25, 2012 8:15 PM

    I find it funny that a few days ago V Davis comes out in support of Alex Smith and today has no receptions at all. Kinda pathetic to leave that kind of player out of the game!!!!!

  34. theysone says: Nov 25, 2012 8:16 PM

    Also, 16/25 230 1/1 against the worst defense in the NFL with only 2 drives resulting in TDs is not exactly impressive.

  35. tigershark49 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:16 PM

    LOL @ the Saints.

  36. patriotsdefense says: Nov 25, 2012 8:18 PM

    Wow 49ers fan are sure full of hot air tonight. I didn’t think Kaepernick played poorly, but he wasn’t that special. And the Saints Defense isn’t good at all this year. If not for Drew Brees and his bad INTs today that game would have belonged to the Saints.

    But for 49ers fans to now prognosticate that the Chiefs would trade a 1st round pick (top 2) for Alex Smith is lunacy.

  37. warikahill says: Nov 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    the same people who said that the niners win because of their defense need to say the same thing today because we won because of our defense

  38. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 25, 2012 8:27 PM

    Ridiculous non calls on two blatent pass interferences.

  39. smcgaels1997 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:28 PM

    Smith has made over 70 million from SF, and broke out under Harbaugh..SF owes Smith nothing

  40. unbiased8383 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:28 PM

    I don’t see how 10 wins won’t get u in the playoffs. Will you elaborate on this?

  41. sixjak says: Nov 25, 2012 8:32 PM

    golforepar says:
    Nov 25, 2012 7:47 PM
    The team is very good, it’s too bad the coach is the biggest cry baby in the league!

    _______________

    Give it a rest already. Do you honestly know this guy at all? No. The niners are a very good team precisely because they have a very good coach. He coaches hard and with an intensity that YOU don’t understand or appreciate but your negative opinion of him has zero effect on their W-L record.

  42. raideralex99 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:34 PM

    Is anyone else sick of Brees padding his stats …. seriously you lost the game … why are you still throwing in garbage time.

  43. sixjak says: Nov 25, 2012 8:34 PM

    Geaux 9ers!

  44. seenoland54 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:43 PM

    Tuned into the game after seeing the Falcons win yet another one. Gotta say, that SF defense is brutal and they played the Saints hard and smart. Hope they have a letdown after this one cause next week the Falcons are up.

  45. seenoland54 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:45 PM

    He coaches hard and with an intensity that YOU don’t understand or appreciate but your negative opinion of him has zero effect on their W-L record.

    ——————————————————–
    Uh, I don’t think the Saints want to be bringing up Won-Lost records just now.

  46. nickmiller63 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:48 PM

    He said ten wins WILL get you to the playoffs. I think he’s questioning whether NO will get to ten wins.

  47. seenoland54 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:55 PM

    Yes, ten wins WILL get you to the playoffs…which the Saints will be comfortably watching from their living room couches.

  48. jnova80 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:02 PM

    Great win for the Niners. The special teams needs to improve but other than that it was an awesome win in a hostile environment. Now keep it rolling.

  49. ihatesocal says: Nov 25, 2012 9:06 PM

    Now they are crying about the refs…as if it wasn’t the 49ers who were blatantly jobbed by phantom holding calls, not once, not twice, but THREE times.

    I bathe in the tears of all the Saints’ fans that made excuses for and supported their team’s activities as it related to the bounty program. DIAF

  50. jimmyj049 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:10 PM

    Great game Niners but lets stop messing around and bring back Smith as the starter. Yeah the Kap can run and keep plays alive but Smith can check the play before the snap and keep it alive. Then again do like to know what the niners have for the future.

  51. 44mpo says: Nov 25, 2012 9:22 PM

    Kap seems to energize the team a bit for some reason, and is certainly more athletic, but I still think Smith is the better pure passer of the two. I hope Smith can hook up with a good team and enjoy some success. As much as I like Smith, I don’t think he’s going to turn a team around. He has got to be surrounded with talent.

  52. bigbluenoser says: Nov 25, 2012 9:23 PM

    Kaepernick has one foot in the HOF buy the sounds of it. It’s only 2 games get a grip.

  53. surferbum01 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:23 PM

    ——Saints fans—–enjoy having a quote of Sean Payton in the practice facility and an empty spot in the team photo……………………because Payton’s going to Dallas. THEN the Saints fans can finally have something to complain about that’s legit.

  54. SOBEIT says: Nov 25, 2012 9:28 PM

    skins4me says:
    Nov 25, 2012 8:15 PM
    I find it funny that a few days ago V Davis comes out in support of Alex Smith and today has no receptions at all. Kinda pathetic to leave that kind of player out of the game!!!!!
    _____

    Dude, Vernon dropped a pass that hit him in the numbers and he was wide open. You need to watch the game again. The Saints D was keying on Vernon and Gore…that’s why other had to step up.

    Also Vernon also was quoted as saying that Kaep was the man this week as well…that he felt like the handcuffs were taken off!

    And by your reasoning, what was Vernon saying all season because he does not have many catches or TDs when Alex Smith was playing. Stop making stuff up to fit the idiotic story in your head!

  55. phillyphever says: Nov 25, 2012 9:30 PM

    “But for 49ers fans to now prognosticate that the Chiefs would trade a 1st round pick (top 2) for Alex Smith is lunacy.”

    I think that was a joke (but with Pioli in charge, who knows maybe it can happen).

  56. richwizl says: Nov 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    Saints Receivers were interfered with a lot and Refs weren’t making the calls on SF or this would have been a very close game.

  57. ken49ers says: Nov 25, 2012 9:37 PM

    Who dat??? Nice game Kap!

  58. trspat says: Nov 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    Right. You can come back here and repeat that the day of his HOF induction.

    Any qb would look great in the saints system with those guys. Right now Payton’s system is ahead of the NFL curve. Brees would not have that streak had he not been calling time out and in a meaningless game last year vs rams. Payton also allowed him to blow up stats against a bunch of weak teams last year so he got the big bucks. Don’t think johnny U got that streak that way.

  59. nflgiant says: Nov 25, 2012 9:41 PM

    Its crazy to feel sorry for Smith when he is making millions just standing on the sidelines.I sure wish I has his job.

  60. goldrush36 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:41 PM

    I like Kap but I still got that gut feeling this backfires once there’s enough tape on him. Not to mention if you take away the pick 6’s and the heads up catch by Crabtree that was about to be off to the races the other way and this game is a huge loss. Then on top of it the blatant PI by Moss that saved another likely pick 6 and wasn’t called. This game wasn’t as great as it appeared offensively…

  61. musicman495 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:45 PM

    I saw Kaepernick play in college and as a rookie, and I was convinced he would never be a quality NFL QB, and said so on this site. He still ain’t Steve Young, but he showed me a lot more today than I was expecting.

  62. 16x8equal49ers says: Nov 25, 2012 9:48 PM

    Good game, sloppy & lucky. A lot of calls on 49ers defense were not called, luckly lol. Biggest issue is the penalities have to be curbed in order to succeed in the playoffs.

  63. trspat says: Nov 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    Also regarding Brees: I know he was well aware of the bounty because he is without question the leader of a close knit team. That interview that aired last night showed his entire demeanor change when asked about bounties. Remember when he needed answers because Payton was the best character guy he knew? Really? Payton was stealing vicodin from the team, had multiple affairs on his wife, and ignored the league when they told him to stop the bounties. Prob the worst pro team since black sox. How is he not banned permanently? Oh, and Brees is a high rep with NFL union. He shook the hands of other qbs knowing his team was out to end careers. Great guy. And Pete rose can’t get in HOF.

  64. 4t9er says: Nov 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    I gave Vilma the benefit of doubt that the bounty thing was an exaggeration, but after he twisted Kendall hunter’s ankle on purpose I don’t want to see this guy to play ever again. I hope he gets a career ending injury.

  65. layinwood says: Nov 25, 2012 9:55 PM

    Brees began to look shook back there as the game went on.

    Excellent game for Young Kaep. Overcoming the bad snaps and dropped passes.

    The D stepped it up perfectly when needed! 2 pick 6’s, well timed sacks, Goldson and Whitner stickin’ folks…

  66. WestCoastVet says: Nov 25, 2012 10:02 PM

    Ted Ginn muffing the punt was unacceptable. With a guy that close to you call for a fair catch and concentrate on the ball. I’m hoping Hunter and Williams are OK. The image of William’s injury looks just like many other guys this season who’ve blown out their ACLs, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him. Thankfully we’re stocked at WR and RB this year.

  67. sourdoughsam says: Nov 25, 2012 10:09 PM

    Honestly, I think people are blowing the Kaepernick/Smith comparisons out of proportion.

    Kaepernick can do things Smith can’t and so he provides big play opportunities, but he also relies a lot of his athleticism and creates opportunities for the other team. For the criticism of Smith’s conservative approach (or executing the plays exactly as he’s coached), he doesn’t provide many opportunities for the opposing defenses and does a good job of keeping his team in good field position.

    Although Smith doesn’t create as many big plays, he is capable of threading the needle when he needs to. The offense, with him under center, put up 36 on these guys in the playoffs. Sure, they were on the road today, but Kaepernick led the offense to 17 points against this Saints D that isn’t as good as last year’s. My point isn’t that either guy is better, but that Kaepernick doesn’t drastically improve the offense compared to Smith.

    I think the team has just as good of a chance with either player, so why not show some loyalty to the guy who’s stuck through the franchise’s darkest days and who reached into his own wallet to rent a stadium so he could install Harbaugh’s offense during last year’s lockout?

  68. nickmiller63 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:15 PM

    Did someone say Moss saved a pick-six? Are you sure about that? It was in the end zone. And the OPI was purposeful — it save the INT. I feel pretty certain that if the OPI had been called, Harbaugh et al. would have been fine. It’s a football play to save the interception. Which would never have been a touchdown going the other way.

  69. cags777 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    I’m not going to lie. I was thrilled watching the 49ers clobber the Saints at the Superdome. I was especially happy to see Drew Brees get manhandled by the 49ers defense (no explanation needed). And Jonathan Vilma did a nice job vilifying himself by twisting Kendall Hunter’s ankle at the end of a play. So much for playing the victim card here. Not even Sean Payton would have saved the Saints today. Job well done, 49ers.

  70. comeonnowguys says: Nov 25, 2012 10:36 PM

    They need to show tape of the Saints defense to high school teams as examples of how not to tackle.

    Head down. Lunge. Pray the guy gets knocked down.

  71. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:37 PM

    Jets should trade for Alex Smith. they run a conservative offense anyway so its not like theyd be asking him to wing it downfield. Definitely better than Sanchez/Tebow and the 49ers need to stick with Kaepernick he looks really impressive

  72. kingcrusher says: Nov 25, 2012 10:40 PM

    I am so confused with you people. The big complaint about smith is that he didn’t win game, the D did. Kap had a decent game. He’s good. But I would MUCH rather have Smith under center.
    So you Kap lovers and Smith haters, just go look at the stats. Look at this game’s stats, then go look at Smith’s stats. Hello? Is anyone with a brain reading this?
    The 9’ers were not broken, in fact just the opposite. And, Smith was proving to everyone just how good he is. So we stick Kap in instead, he has a decent game and everyone’s high on it? Even though he ran the offense like Smith would (just not quite as good). Get a clue people. This is the downfall of the 9’ers this season. I love my team, but I’m disgusted with the coaching decisions. You don’t pull the guy that got you where you want to be so you can start your little cub. Smith is the man who got us here. Let him finish the season, and then send him packing, but don’t do it this way. I’ve lost all respect for the coach on this one. This is NOT how a team is run.
    So in the end, it was our D that once again won it for us DESPITE the errors on Kap’s end. Though he did play a good game, it was filled with little flaws that Smith does not have. But I’m afraid that the Smith days are over, going back now would mean our coach got a brain. But, he would never admit he was wrong, even when logic dictates it.

  73. purplescar says: Nov 25, 2012 10:41 PM

    At some point Kaepernick will have a bad game and it’s gonna be funny to listen to all you niner fans screaming for his head.

  74. WestCoastVet says: Nov 25, 2012 10:42 PM

    4t9er says: Nov 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    I gave Vilma the benefit of doubt that the bounty thing was an exaggeration, but after he twisted Kendall hunter’s ankle on purpose I don’t want to see this guy to play ever again. I hope he gets a career ending injury.

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    cags777 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    I’m not going to lie. I was thrilled watching the 49ers clobber the Saints at the Superdome. I was especially happy to see Drew Brees get manhandled by the 49ers defense (no explanation needed). And Jonathan Vilma did a nice job vilifying himself by twisting Kendall Hunter’s ankle at the end of a play. So much for playing the victim card here. Not even Sean Payton would have saved the Saints today. Job well done, 49ers.
    —-

    So you guys saw that too? I thought i was just seeing things.

  75. goldrush36 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:42 PM

    nickmiller63 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:15 PM

    Did someone say Moss saved a pick-six? Are you sure about that? It was in the end zone. And the OPI was purposeful — it save the INT. I feel pretty certain that if the OPI had been called, Harbaugh et al. would have been fine. It’s a football play to save the interception. Which would never have been a touchdown going the other way.
    _____________________________________
    Umm yeah you may want to look at that play from the back line angle… There was NOBODY to beat on the return if he picked it off. It was a brilliant play by Moss on a horrible throw. just like the one Crabtree stretched out the other way to grab in which the defender then missed him because he already thought he was taking it to the house. Kap made some big plays but got bailed out several times so let’s stop acting like he is the messiah all the sudden.

  76. stac266 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:42 PM

    The pick 6 before the half broke the Saints back and the 49ers defense is outstanding. My only problem was the missed calls on the refs part. There were a couple of blatant interference calls that weren’t made. Hats off to the 49ers and Bunkley needs to sit a game. There are better parts of Suh he should try to emulate. Uncalled for that late in the game. The way the NFC is week to week the Saints still have a chance but with their schedule they may end up just playing spoiler.

  77. sbdt says: Nov 25, 2012 10:47 PM

    Saints fan. We got manhandled. But if you’re an SF fan and seriously crying about how the Saints got the benefit of the refs’ ridiculous bias, you’re just out of your mind. Obviously you didn’t see the non-call when Randy Moss THREW A GUY DOWN TO THE GROUND instead of giving up an interception. Maybe you were watching a different game.

  78. 49erlou says: Nov 25, 2012 10:47 PM

    U guys make it seem like Alex smith never got help from the defense to win a game.. of course that helped CK7 win.. that’s what the niners do.. he has a stronger arm than smith and is not scared to throw it downfield on 3rd an
    d long situations.. which smith isn’t very good on.. poised in the face of blitzes.. and got away from at least 5 sacks smith would have been sacked on.. can’t teach that.. I love Alex and what he’s done for us.. but I’m all in with kaep! CK7 is the future

  79. albinorhino49 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:59 PM

    The muffed punt, missed and blocked FG’s are a concern. Is Akers struggling because of Lee’s broken thumb? Jim needs to figure this out. CK7 is the real deal.

  80. alldonesmith says: Nov 25, 2012 11:08 PM

    Wonder how much money Vilma got for carting off Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter on the same play. Bet Sedrick Ellis got a bunch of big high-fives on the sideline for kicking a Niners player while he was on the ground.

    Great team win in a clearly hostile environment. Kaep wasn’t perfect, but played very well and continued to flash in moments that showed just how high his ceiling can be. Anyone who thinks the Niners got help from the officials is delusional… for every missed call there were 5 phantom calls against them and 1-2 missed calls against the Saints as well. Niners beat the Saints AND the refs today.

  81. redandgoldenbears says: Nov 25, 2012 11:12 PM

    Smith is a game manager, thats his ceiling, he’ll never be anything more than that. He lacks deep ball accuracy and he can’t make all the throws kap can its that simple. The niners will never have a real downfield passing attack with alex under center. Alex also has no ability to play from behind. This team goes down 13 points to anyone and its a done deal. I dunno if kap has that comeback ability but i’m ready to find out

  82. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 25, 2012 11:42 PM

    Don’t feel bad for smith.. He’s already made more money than most QBs do in a career. Kap has a long way to go to catch Alex where it really counts

  83. musicman495 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:05 AM

    trspat says: Nov 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    Prob the worst pro team since black sox. Oh, and Brees is a high rep with NFL union. He shook the hands of other qbs knowing his team was out to end careers. Great guy. And Pete rose can’t get in HOF.
    ——————————–
    Wow, how insightful. Where did you get all of your information, an NFL press release? There is no evidence whatsoever to support the league’s charges beyond the word of one disgruntled ex-employee that the Saints did anything like what you are talking about. Please come back and talk to us some more when Paul Tagliabue and/or a federal court rule that the league has no case.

  84. sportsnut101 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:11 AM

    Trade Alex to kc. The def plays well the offensive sucks. It’s the same as 49ers

  85. sportsnut101 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:14 AM

    This why players don’t tell anyone if they have injury cuz u lose ur job like that and that’s messed up cuz he played well and the team played well

  86. daknight93 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:15 AM

    49er fans are so arrogant and delusional…they were talking like this kaepernick guy is so great and I didn’t see any evidence of greatness against the worst defense in football(Saints)….the cart-offs was active in this game for both teams…very physical game…worst defense in football held kaepernick to 17pts and under 400yds of total offense, nothing great about that performance…alex smith should return as starter…..take away Brees boneheaded 2 pick 6s and terrible officiating, 9ers should’ve lost…oh well, a win is a win…saints gotta forget this loss and get ready for the hated falcons thur.nite

  87. oldfart49 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:16 AM

    One O line is considered solid & get 5 holding calls despite zero sacks. The other is a pathwork, giving up numerous sacks & gets no holding calls.
    Somebody want to explain how this is possible?

  88. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 26, 2012 12:25 AM

    Saints fan here: 49ers are a better team than the Saints and in my opinion they have the most talent in the NFC.
    They played harder and Kaepernick looks for real.

    That kick move by Bunkley was just stoopid and I hope he does get fined. That was just dumb.
    Just don’t give me this crap about the Saints being one of the dirtiest teams in the league they’re one of the lowest penalized teams for personal fouls in the league.
    Don’t believe the bounty B.S. you’ll lose all credibility.

  89. msclemons67 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:11 AM

    The Alex Smith fans remind me of the Tebow fans in Denver. 49ers fans are thrilled we finally have a real quarterback.

    Alex is the past folks. Get over it.

  90. patsdrukker says: Nov 26, 2012 4:33 AM

    There is only one small point which bothers me: A. Smith was a 1/1 pick and everybody was expecting big things from him. There were several occasions in the recent years when the 9er fans would just get rid of him. Now, under Harbough he looked legit (after 6 years of major disappointment) and suddenly you feel sorry for him being replaced? He looks good because of the defense and the system, but with a good D and system even Dilfer was a SB winner!

    Although Kaepernick is 19 where Smith is just one shy of 20.

  91. oaktown49er says: Nov 26, 2012 7:44 AM

    Look, I wanted Alex to succeed, but Kaep is in now. If you just look at the box score this was no better than a Smith performance. However, if you watched the game you would see a QB who was able to complete some tough 3rd down throws and evade the rush. Kaep passed another test, he still has work to do, but he can make some plays Alex can’t.

  92. 72fish says: Nov 26, 2012 8:11 AM

    The refs gave the game to Niners…three really bad calls that could have changed the game. Not a huge Saints fan but like to see a fair game. So much for the full time refs being better than the replacements…

  93. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Nov 26, 2012 10:31 AM

    Greg Roman & Alex Smith to San Diego 2013

  94. richwizl says: Nov 26, 2012 5:00 PM

    I agree with 72Fish; didn’t care no won, but wanted to see a fair game. The Refs let SF maul Saints receivers and even called offensive PI on NO receiver after he had been pushed around. Officiating like that makes you wonder about this league; terrible way to decide what should have been a great game between two matched teams.

  95. 1saints4llife says: Nov 26, 2012 10:41 PM

    Stop crying…they where holding all game….so what.

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