Saints lose Drew Brees, cruise past 49ers anyway

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Drew Brees did not play in the second half of the Saints’ 27-13 victory over the 49ers and his outlook for Week 11 will be a focus of discussion in the days to come.

Brees did not play in the second half after injuring his ribs on a hit by 49ers defensive lineman Kentavius Street. Brees was able to play the rest of the first half, but Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill took the quarterback snaps the rest of the way.

Winston was 6-of-10 for 73 yards and Hill ran eight times for 45 yards, although it remains to be seen if they’ll remain in place for next weekend’s game against the Falcons.

The Saints relied on Alvin Kamara before and after Brees’ injury. He finished the game with 98 offensive yards and three touchdowns to power an offense that only picked up 237 yards over the entire game.

Hill lost a fumble and Deonte Harris muffed a punt, but the 49ers were sloppier. They muffed a pair of punts and Nick Mullens threw a pair of interceptions to help turn a 10-0 lead into a 14-point loss. Brandon Aiyuk and Jordan Reed had their moments, but the undermanned 49ers offense simply didn’t have enough in the tank to hang with the Saints once the home team found its footing.

They’ll hope to get some players back after their Week 11 bye, but riding a three-game losing streak and an 4-6 mark into that bye offers little hope that the 2019 NFC champs will be making it back to the postseason.

New Orleans has a different picture, although the word on Brees will help paint how it looks in the near term.

10 responses to “Saints lose Drew Brees, cruise past 49ers anyway

  1. Niner season officially over.

    I’m proud of how the defense played regardless of the penalties. The offense well … played exactly as you’d expect 2nd and 3rd stringers to play. The salt in the wound was shutting down Brees at the half to let Winston play mop up when we were only down 7 points.

    Time to shut it down and plan for the draft and our QB of the future. No matter what I’ll root for the Red & Gold till I’m dead and cold.

    GO NINERS

  2. Offense goes as kamara goes. I remember the last time Saints fans tried to convince us losing brees was a big loss and then Bridgewater proceded to go 5-0

  3. The play calling in the red zone Jameis’ first time around was questionable at best. If there’s a consistent run game, Saints shouldn’t have a problem winning games should Brees be out long term as long as Jameis doesn’t turn the ball over and they don’t over-complicate things with the Taysom Hill packages. Good luck winning a game the rest of the year 49ers. How’d “running the gauntlet” go for ya?

  4. Interesting that the “backup QB” didn’t take over after Brees went out. That right there tells everyone what Hill’s future is as a QB in the NFL.

  5. But Kyle Shanahan is a good coach!

    It is amazing how much Jimmy G has bailed out the Shanahan/Lynch regime in San Francisco.

  6. “Found there footing” the story reads. Is that how it happened? Hahaha I hope this guy didn’t get paid for this garbage read. I loved the hit on Brees. Totally legal sack

  7. Offense goes as kamara goes. I remember the last time Saints fans tried to convince us losing brees was a big loss and then Bridgewater proceded to go 5-0

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    Jameis is not Teddy Bridgewater.

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