Saints come back to beat the 49ers

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In a wild, back-and-forth battle between two NFC playoff contenders, the Saints came back to beat the 49ers on a last-second field goal.

That field goal was one of three for New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley in the final eight minutes of the game as the Saints went from trailing 20-14 to winning 23-20. It was a great comeback win for the Saints.

And it was a comeback win that came with controversy: The 49ers appeared to have taken control of the game with three minutes to play, when linebacker Ahmad Brooks drilled Drew Brees, forcing a fumble that San Francisco recovered. But Brooks was called for a personal foul for hitting Brees in the neck, giving the Saints the ball back, plus giving them 15 yards and a first down. The 49ers were not happy with that call.

The Saints were subsequently unhappy with the lack of an intentional grounding call on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who did appear to be outside the pocket — though not “well outside” as referee Tony Corrente claimed.

Questionable calls aside, this was a great game, and a great statement win for the Saints. They’re clearly one of the NFL’s elite teams. For the 49ers, it was their second straight tough loss to a fellow NFC playoff contender. San Francisco is 6-4 and still a likely wild card team, but the 49ers have had two chances in the last two weeks to show they’re one of the top teams in the conference, and both times they’ve fallen short.

120 responses to “Saints come back to beat the 49ers

  1. There were two massive mistakes by the 49ers in the last 2 minutes.

    CK running out of bounds and stopping the clock and the hit on the fair catch.

    There’s no excuse for those boneheaded mistakes.

  2. Great game by two well matched teams. I look forward to playing New Orleans at home after the bye and an epic battle at Candle Stick the week after. Fantastic football weekend. Congratulations Saints fans. See you in two weeks!

  3. I dont care what team your a fan of Niners got robbed..You cant even touch the QB anymore..That was a clean hit on Brees Niners ball…period..Hit was on his shoulder pads..

  4. A lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball. SF had 17 points off of turnovers and Jim made a big mistake wasting those challenges. The niners made there mistakes at a much more crucial time though. Great game even still. I wont be surprised if we have a rematch in the playoffs. Geaux Saints!

  5. If the Saints didn’t muff a punt in their red zone and have a pick six of Keapernick turn into a touch back this game would not have been close.

    Nice hard fought win by NO. But looking at the NFC playoff race – Cardinals & Bears all in play for that wildcard spot if 49ers don’t get their act together.

  6. Good game for the Niners in the long-run. They can’t catch Seattle so will be on the road every week in January. This performance showed SF is definitely capable of winning in New Orleans this January.

  7. 49ers contributed to the loss but as a fan I’m still fuming at the PI call on Brooks.

    I mean seriously just put the QB in a special non contact jersey and give him a flag to pull and get it over with already.

  8. Unless boneheaded players make the boneheaded mistakes.

    Didn’t Kaepernick make the same mistake last year, sort of, against the Rams? I think he was suppose to go out of bounds and stop the the clock. And this time, well………

  9. can i get some love from all the who dat nation PLUS all my niners haters!?! rob ryan and his never satisfied always hungry hounds promised and dem saints delivered! how u love DAT!!!

  10. Yeah those refs can’t make that call, clearly hit em below the neck,we needed that win. At least it was a good game, kap has got to figure out how to play in a hostile environment.

  11. Saints giving 2 and half at most books and win by 3. That personal foul call was GARBAGE!!! The NFl is glorified pro wrestling. The coach should be able to challenge that and the refs should be fined. HE NEVER TOUCHED HIS HEAD. UNREAL AGAIN GLORIFIED PRO WRASSLIN

  12. San Fran has quite a few cream puffs left to play. They still get the Redskins, Rams, Falcons, and Bucs.

    The Cardinals schedule is a lot harder

  13. Have the Niners considered trading for a better QB, maybe David Garrard from the Jets or Kellen Moore from the Lions- or maybe they can bring back Jim Druckenmiller?

    Krap just isn’t very good.

  14. Good game New Orleans, can’t make excuses for they way you played today.

    As a Niner Faithful I’m going to start saying it, make this Greg Romans last season. Our run plays were painfully obvious. Lack of wide outs or not, this offense needs an overload of energy.

    The D as usual kept us in the game, nothing to dock there. Next to Manning there is no greater QB in the League and they contained him, in the end our offensive woes could be overcome.

    Way to go Kareem Osgood, hitting a guy who signaled fair catch.

    Onto Washington. GO NINERS!!!!

    P.S I expect every Seattle bandwagon hopping hack to troll this board.

  15. Good luck to the 49ers in their quest to stay ahead of the Cardinals for the #6 seed in the NFC playoffs.

    The Seahawks are laughing at both these soft teams.

  16. The 49ers have clearly fallen short in November. But they will make the playoffs and show that it’s all about how you play in December and January.

  17. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 17, 2013 7:55 PM

    The 49′ers are looking like one hit wonders. I thought Kaepernick was a franchise QB.
    ==================================
    He is- he’ll be working in a fast-food franchise soon.

  18. the whiner fans saying that was a good hit on brees, what are you smoking? shoulder pad CLEARLY slammed into Brees’ head/neck area. but i guess since the defenders hand was resting on the pad its ok…….yeah right SF.

  19. Dear 49ers,

    Our cheerful condolences. Just wanted you to know that we dedicated our 10th win today, to you all.

    Sincerely,

    Seahawks

  20. You can say it was a tough call, but like a lot of other games it never should have come down to that. 49ers only getting 189 yards of offense is horrible; Kaeprnick can be snippy with the analysts if he wants, but even Aikman pointed out that he won’t pull the trigger on wide open receivers.

    All that said I wouldn’t mind seeing this matchup again in January with guys like Michael Crabtree and Kenny Vacarro healthy and playing.

  21. Take the still photo of Brooks arm wrapped around Brees’s shoulder and then tell me the Niners weren’t plain robbed. Niner fan, Hawks fan, anyone??? Robbed !

  22. Seahawks are the better team they probably win the superbowl..Unfortunately I couldnt think of a more undeserving un knowledgeable fanbase to get it..

  23. Really impressed by New Orleans’ run defense. Cameron Jordan is one of the better defensive linemen in the NFC right now. Corners allowed Rob Ryan to stack the box all game long and rendered a good running team completely ineffective.

    I hate the Roughing the Passer call — a lot. The referees are making a mockery of the rule when a pass rusher goes out of his way to avoid making contact with his helmet (all the while being held by the right tackle) and gets penalized for hitting the 5’11” QB too high in the chest. I am 100% in favor of protecting the great passers of this league, but this call isn’t helping legitimize the rules in place.

    It also completely changed the outcome of the game, and I’m never a fan of The Striped Ones defining the outcomes of games. That was a terrible sequence for the entire NFL.

  24. Seahawks fans have certainly earned the right to gloat, but it says a lot about you that you’d rather spend your time on a 49er message board than celebrating your own win.

  25. thepftpoet says: Nov 17, 2013 7:56 PM

    49ers should start taking PEDs now…..

    look what it’s done for the Seahawks?

    Poor pftpoet… Old man has nothing better to do than obsess about the Seahawks. It’s sad.

  26. Good game but that ref, as usual, was awful. Also the rules doing what we knew it would do, draw even more ridiculous calls on the over protected QBs, the ones that are over protected.

  27. “You can say it was a tough call, but like a lot of other games it never should have come down to that. 49ers only getting 189 yards of offense is horrible; Kaeprnick can be snippy with the analysts if he wants, but even Aikman pointed out that he won’t pull the trigger on wide open receivers.

    All that said I wouldn’t mind seeing this matchup again in January with guys like Michael Crabtree and Kenny Vacarro healthy and playing.”

    * * *

    Kaepernick is not playing with a lot of confidence right now, but how can he when he can’t even count on receivers knowing the ball is even in the air (ie. Baldwin). This team needs Crabtree back in the worst way, and they’re going to need to find ways earlier in the game to beat the 8 and 9 in the box defensive schemes they’re seeing.

    This team is running zero screen plays, not testing cornerbacks downfield, and not being as creative with formations as they have been in recent years.

    I sincerely hope they’re holding back on the playbook until it’s necessary. Don’t need to panic over a 6-4 record with the games coming up, but the last two weeks should have been wins.

  28. As a lifelong 49ers fan, I have to say “who dat”!
    The agony of defeat inflicted by the Saints hurts.
    It’s not over till it’s over: the season that is.

  29. ahp1016 says: Nov 17, 2013 8:13 PM

    Seahawks fans have certainly earned the right to gloat, but it says a lot about you that you’d rather spend your time on a 49er message board than celebrating your own win.
    ————————————————————-

    What are you talking about? A Niner loss + a Seahawks win is always better than just a Seahawks win.

    Besides, it only takes a few seconds to rub some salt in the wound.

  30. First off anyone who saw the play knows that he ht the pads which moved his head. Corrente saw the play from the back and conversed with his crew and still got it wrong.

    3 holding penalties not called for first downs.

    Jabari Greer hurts his leg holding Baldwin and no call for pass interference.

    Frank gore drops pass wide open with nobody in front of him. (Kaeps fault????)

    Baldwin doesn’t track ball(kaeps fault???) and doesn’t make play on ball.

    Manningham doesn’t make first down on catch( kaeps fault)

    No wonder kaepernick doesn’t trust his other receivers.

  31. ahp1016 says: Nov 17, 2013 8:13 PM

    Seahawks fans have certainly earned the right to gloat, but it says a lot about you that you’d rather spend your time on a 49er message board than celebrating your own win.
    =============================

    Celebrate?

    We don’t celebrate home wins vs struggling teams.

    We expect them.

  32. Seahawks fans have certainly earned the right to gloat, but it says a lot about you that you’d rather spend your time on a 49er message board than celebrating your own win.

    49er message board? Do you really want only 9er fans patting each other on the back here? And since when did you claim ownership of NBCSports.

  33. These games against elite teams are always toss ups which is why you have to when at home against the colts, panthers ect. The offense is just plain bad right now. The D did everything they could to win that game. There is still time to get it together but there is clearly a lot of weakness’s on the O

  34. ahp1016 – I don’t know how long it takes you to compose a comment, but there’s plenty of time to gloat and celebrate if you have the basic ability to type 1-3 sentences in under a minute.

  35. “What are you talking about? A Niner loss + a Seahawks win is always better than just a Seahawks win.

    Besides, it only takes a few seconds to rub some salt in the wound.”

    I’m referring to the 6 or 7 Seahawk tools that feel the need to post on every single 49er article.

  36. “49er message board? Do you really want only 9er fans patting each other on the back here? And since when did you claim ownership of NBCSports.”

    I would love to have an intelligent football conversation, but that is not gonna happen on this site.

  37. I love that the forty whiner fans think they loss bc of refs. It’s gotta hurt. Shoulda coulda woulda. Safe flight back boys. Wooooo!

  38. Control Gore…control Vernon… control Boldin… and dare Kaep to beat you because we have NO wide receivers and the opposition knows it. Too bad… defense is playing good enough to win.

  39. I would love to have an intelligent football conversation, but that is not gonna happen on this site.

    Then start one. Oh wait…….

  40. Come on Niner fans this is the NFL you should know better than to hit a quarterback too hard, you have to gently set him down

  41. Its funny when u lose a good team on the road you’re a paper champ. C’mon I know most fans are passionate but please! If u watched the game u at least knew it was a good one

  42. that is as bad as it gets. worse call ive seen in a close game all year. Too bad it wasnt the super bowl cause it seems that they let penalties go in those end game situations.

  43. Don’t worry Niner fans, us hawk fans aren’t going to say much anymore since Arizona is the second best team in the division. Man, that Kapernick fella sure is mentally tough…

  44. Really can’t believe people think it’s totally okay to clothesline the quarterback, let alone any player out there. In addition to other dirty/stupid plays that the 49ers made, they really didn’t deserve to win. They were lucky to be in the game considering their crappy offense.

    Fact is, everyone in the NFL knows better than to hit the QB in the head. Just don’t do it. How is that confusing anymore? Furthermore, don’t hit anyone else in the head either.

    If the 49ers would actually follow the rules, they could have won this game despite their offensive woes. But they couldn’t, and they didn’t.

  45. Now if the refs would have called just one roughing the passer against Favre … the Saints would still be looking for their first SB.

  46. For all the smack you Hawks fans talk YOU BETTER go to the Super Bowl & win it all………otherwise you just look like goof balls hyping up your Hawks on an article about ANOTHER team. I’ll be the 1st to admit, to this point the Seahawks are a better team than the Niners……..record alone justifies that argument. But ask the 2007 Patriots, I’m sure they would trade that “perfect season” for a perfect post-season. So until your team ACTUALLY accomplishes something in the post season then CHIRP ON!!!

  47. Don’t blame Kaseem Osgood for this loss. The Saints still had to drive on the 49ers D and there was plenty of time. And don’t blame it on the roughing the passer. I’ve seen far less~flagged. Dude tried to decapitate Drew Brees! It was the right call.

    The way to avoid blaming one play, one player or the kicker? Handle your business early in the game and don’t leave it for chance in the hands of special teamers, kickers or penalties.

    Geaux Saints! And don’t let up on ATL Thursday because they are struggling. There’s nothing more the Dirty Birds would like to do than spoil the Saints’ home field quest. Beat their tails!

    Who Dat? We dat!

  48. It really is funny and satisfying to see the 49er fans whining about calls. It just lets you know they lost because losers complain about calls.

    I think krapernick might be worse that I gave him credit for.

  49. Even if there were no penalties 49ers fans would just complain about how Saints fans were too loud and it wasn’t a fair game for their team.

    See you in 2 weeks Saints for Monday Night!

  50. Great job boys!!!! Way to blow the playoffs! Once again, can twin without a downfield passing attack! Another poor performance by our bicep QB. And horrible play calling. Got to love that horrible off tackle run for 1.0 yards per carry! Kaep isnt deserving of the big $$, especially if your cant throw, and you are afraid to run anymore! But let’s run it 14 times! When does free agency begin?

  51. I’m a niner fan, but Seattle has all the right to be laughing at us. Their fans included. We haven’t done anything positive since making the superbowl last year. Not making the playoffs this year!

  52. Forget the Brady Rule. there’s a new rule in town. The Brees rule basically states that you must treat Drew Bree’s like a princess, not a football player. So if you get a clean hit on Drew Brees anywhere between the waist and the shoulders, you can expect a huge game changing first and ten. Ask the Bucs. They also hit Brees in the chest late in their early- season game, and also lost out on a game clinching fumble play.

  53. charleypattonsguitar says: Nov 17, 2013 10:24 PM

    What is the deal with all the Hawks fans on all Niners and Saints articles? Obsession is a stinky cologne.
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    Just showing the team that is tied with the Cardinals for 2nd place in the division some love is all.

    How are you doin’?

  54. @charleypattonsguitar: 49ers fans started it when they blamed their loss earlier this year in Seattle on the Seahawk fans and not a poor performance by their team. Letters to the editor in our papers, news stories, etc.

    We are just answering the challenge. We don’t hate the 49ers, we still hate the Raiders. But with newer fans that don’t remember that rivalry the 49er’s fans are quickly replacing them at the top of our trash talk list.

  55. raideralex99 says:
    Nov 17, 2013 9:08 PM
    Now if the refs would have called just one roughing the passer against Favre … the Saints would still be looking for their first SB.
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    …or maybe if the Vikings wouldn’t have turned the ball over a handful of times.

    Listen, just worry about the Raiders (LOL) making the playoffs for the first time in what…11 years? Pathetic.

  56. The 49er fans lead the league in crying- I’ve seen fans moan before, but these guys are something else.

  57. Full disclosure….I’m not a big fan of Saint Drew and the Saint Sean, although I respect what they have accomplished…..that said, when I saw the Brooks sack my first instinct was “good, tough football hit…Brees stood in to try and deliver the pass and paid the price”. Never thought I’d feel sorry for the Niners, but this one really felt like an over-reaction by the ref….gotta let football players play football at some point.

  58. Niners fans didn’t cry when Kam Chancellor was incorrectly flagged for a perfect hit on Vernon Davis last year.

    The only difference is that the Seahawks did enough in the rest of the game to overcome the bad call and win.

    49ers are whining because their team didn’t.

  59. P.S. Vernon Davis fumbled last week against the Panthers, and Jerry Rice fumbled in that playoff game against Green Bay.

  60. hawkfan72 says:
    Nov 17, 2013 10:55 PM

    Niners fans didn’t cry when Kam Chancellor was incorrectly flagged for a perfect hit on Vernon Davis last year.

    The only difference is that the Seahawks did enough in the rest of the game to overcome the bad call and win.

    49ers are whining because their team didn’t.
    ____________________________________

    CASE CLOSED

    42-13

  61. The football gods looked down poorly on the 49ers today. Anybody see Boldin taunting Jabari Greer while Greer was laying on the field with a broken leg? Or all the pre-game dancing on the Saints logo at midfield?

  62. There was a totally PHANTOM PI CALL on Corey White in the game that had a big impact. So 49ers fans, please stop whining about the officiating.

    I relish every drop of disappointment that 49ers fans are experiencing tonight. Every. Last. Drop.

  63. Quit whining niners fans even if u get the sack fumble we were still going to stop u get the ball back tie it up and beat u in overtime just be thankful the refs sped up the process because it would of hurt even more had it happened that way…Instead of blaming the refs u should be complaining about kapernot he’s Aaron Brooks 2.0 lol the ultimate team destroyer

  64. Man 49er fans really are whiners to say the hit on Drew Brees was a bad call is a joke, personel foul calls have been called on hits a lot lamer than that hit on Drew, we’ve seen flags thrown when QB’s get touched on the helmet with a pinkie finger, Drew’s head was almost torn off, he was forearmed in the throat, for howe Long or Rodney Harrison or anyone else to say that was a bad call is just crap. It’s just old defensive players who are myopic about the way QB’s are being protected in today’s game, the SAINTS’s defensive players have been flagged this year for much milder hits than the one Drew took today.
    GO SAINTS GO!!! WHO DAT NATION LIVES!!!

  65. Hey Hess 97 when you get a QB like Drew Brees and your record isn’t 2 & 7 maybe your team will get the calls too. WHO DAT!!!

  66. Ahmad Brooks almost took Brees’ shoulders off! Clean play. Can’t keep complaining, just need to make stops… Brees was just channeling his inner Merton Hanks!

    Go Niners!

  67. Kaepernick is fighting the progression he needs to be making. He’s in the same place Steve McNair was after he took the Titans to the Super bowl, and needs to get himself to that next level as a passer. Griffin in Washington is going through this same transition although I think he’s going to be much better for his step back he’s taken this year. In contrast, it seems like Kaepernick thinks what worked for him last year is going to get him through the rest of his career. I hope he’s not that naive.

  68. 9ers need to get a life. Focus on what the team has to do to get better instead of looking for excuses to blame for your loss. They just don’t have it, they are gonna fail to make playoffs because of weakness within the team – not because somebody else made them lose or bad calls. Biggest bunch of cry babies in the league, go back to your trash talk and how great thou are. NOT
    Doesn’t matter if 3 points or 1 point – score board still says you guys LOST – deal with it.

  69. bigbaldpapahawk says:
    Nov 17, 2013 7:59 PM
    Smells like 2 game lead in the NFC West.

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    Smells more like 3 1/2 game lead for Seahawks in the NFC West

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