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49ers-Saints outcome raises questions about each team’s defense

Last year, when the Rams beat the Chiefs in a 54-51 barnburner, there was gnashing of teeth about the gashing of the defenses, with cries that one game had set football back by decades. Yesterday, when the 49ers outlasted the Saints at the buzzer of a 48-46 college basketball game, few were offended by the [more]

Week in Florida helped 49ers develop even tighter bond

For the second time this year, the 49ers spent a week away from home between a pair of games on the other side of the country. For the first time this year, receiver Emmanuel Sanders was part of that road trip. “It was really good for team bonding,” 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders told PFT by [more]

Drew Brees: “Would have been nice to have” Jared Cook all game

The Saints didn’t get much from tight end Jared Cook in Sunday’s game against the 49ers, but what they got was pretty helpful. Cook caught two passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter. He took a shot to the head on the second touchdown and suffered a concussion that knocked him [more]

Home-field advantage in NFC may not be as important this year

As the 49ers, Seahawks, and Saints jostle for the top seed in the NFC and postseason home-field advantage in the playoffs, maybe they should be careful what they wish for. With Sunday’s 48-46 I-thought-the-AFL-folded matchup between San Francisco and New Orleans, the opening round of the round robin between the Saints, Seahawks, and 49ers concluded. [more]

George Kittle: My mindset is don’t let one guy tackle you

The 49ers won Sunday’s game in New Orleans with a field goal as time expired and the biggest play of the final drive came when Jimmy Garoppolo hit tight end George Kittle with a short pass. C.J. Gardner-Johnson dove at Kittle’s feet and missed and Kittle turned upfield for a good gain before being met [more]

49ers win shootout with Saints 48-46 to move to 11-2

Forty-six was not enough. The Saints scored a go-ahead touchdown with 53 seconds remaining, the fourth lead change of the day, and had the 49ers on the ropes with a fourth-and-two with 39 seconds remaining. But New Orleans missed on two two-point conversions, including one after their final touchdown, and the 49ers kicked the game-winning [more]

Weston Richburg carted off with knee, ankle injuries

The 49ers won’t have center Weston Richburg for the rest of Sunday’s game. His return this season appears in doubt, too, as he was carted off in the third quarter with knee and ankle injuries. Richburg’s feet got tangled with right guard Mike Person and he lost his footing at the snap. His right leg [more]

49ers rally to take 28-27 halftime lead over Saints

If you love defense, don’t turn on the 49ers-Saints game. If you love offense, it’s the game for you. The teams have combined for 55 points and 581 yards. Each team has punted only once. The 49ers lead the Saints 28-27 at halftime. The Saints twice led by 13 points, missing on a 2-point conversion, [more]

Dee Ford re-injures hamstring; Jared Cook undergoing concussion check

The 49ers saw the return of Dee Ford from a hamstring injury to start Sunday’s game. He didn’t last long. The defensive end missed the previous two games with his injury and was a limited participant in practice last week. He left in the first half after aggravating the injury and is questionable to return. [more]

Saints lead 49ers 20-14 in back-and-forth battle

Whatever the over-under was, it appears the over will rule in New Orleans. The Saints scored, then the 49ers scored, then the Saints scored twice and then the 49ers scored. It’s 20-14 Saints only 17 seconds into the second quarter. The 49ers punted on one possession, and the Saints failed on a two-point conversion. Otherwise, [more]

Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 81 yards on opening touchdown drive

This looks like fun. Only 3:08 after the Saints opened with a 73-yard touchdown drive, the 49ers answered with a six-play, 75-yard drive of their own. It was the first opening drive touchdown the Saints have allowed this season. The teams are tied 7-7. Jimmy Garoppolo went 4-for-5 for 81 yards on the opening possession, [more]

Saints score quickly on Jared Cook touchdown to take 7-0 lead

The fans in Louisiana were having a good day already. They are having an even better day now. The Saints marched right down the field on their first possession, scoring on a 38-yard pass from Drew Brees to Jared Cook with 11:34 remaining in the first quarter. The Saints used nine plays to go 73 [more]

49ers hope another full week on the road pays off

For the second time this year, the 49ers have a pair of back-to-back games that start at 1:00 p.m. ET. For the second time this year, the 49ers spent the week between those games away from home. After Week One at Tampa, they stayed in Ohio before beating the Bengals in Cincinnati. After Week Thirteen [more]

Joe Staley active, but 49ers down a pair of wide receivers

Left tackle Joe Staley is back in the lineup for the 49ers. Staley missed the last three games with a finger injury he suffered in Week 10 and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in New Orleans, but was not one of the seven names on the team’s inactive list on Sunday morning. Staley [more]

Week 14 early inactives

Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff. Lions at Vikings Lions: CB Jamal Agnew, QB Matthew Stafford, DL Da'shawn Hand, DL Austin Bryant, [more]

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