Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • SF 375
    • 290 NO
  • Turnovers

    • SF 2
    • 2 NO
  • Possession

    SF NO
    29:54 30:06
  • 1st Downs

    • SF 18
    • 19 NO

Game Information

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
,
Coverage: FOX
  • New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Line: SF -2.5
Attendance: 73,147
100%
Capacity: 72,968
Referees: John Parry
11/25/2012 Associated Press

49ers use Kaepernick, defense to down Saints

Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco ended the New Orleans Saints' three-game winning streak, 31-21 on Sunday.

Scoring Summary

FOX1234T
49ers7714331
Saints777021
first QuarterSFNO
TD
7:28
Colin Kaepernick 7 Yard Run
4 plays, 62 yards, 2:06
60
XP
7:21
David Akers Kick is Good
4 plays, 62 yards, 2:06
70
TD
1:56
David Thomas 6 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
10 plays, 79 yards, 5:36
76
XP
1:45
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
10 plays, 79 yards, 5:36
77
second QuarterSFNO
TD
7:58
Marques Colston 10 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
13 plays, 32 yards, 0:48
713
XP
7:53
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
13 plays, 32 yards, 0:48
714
TD
0:31
Ahmad Brooks 50 Yard Interception Return
1 play, 50 yards, 0:07
1414
XP
0:22
David Akers Kick is Good
1 play, 50 yards, 0:07
1414
third QuarterSFNO
TD
12:24
Frank Gore 6 Yard Pass From Colin Kaepernick
6 plays, 80 yards, 2:43
2014
XP
12:17
David Akers Kick is Good
6 plays, 80 yards, 2:43
2114
TD
11:42
Donte Whitner 42 Yard Interception Return
1 plays, 34 yards, 0:47
2814
XP
11:30
David Akers Kick is Good
1 plays, 34 yards, 0:47
2814
TD
7:24
Jed Collins 2 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
8 plays, 80 yards, 4:11
2820
XP
7:19
Garrett Hartley Kick is Good
8 plays, 80 yards, 4:11
2821
fourth QuarterSFNO
FG
7:53
David Akers 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
16 plays, 84 yards, 9:28
3121

Research Notes

  • Colin Kaepernick completed 5 of 7 passes outside the pocket for 54 yards and his only touchdown Sunday. All three of his touchdown passes this season have come on throws outside the pocket, and he has been able to extend plays outside the pocket more often than Alex Smith.

  • The 49ers rushed for 126 yards on 28 rushes Sunday, the seventh time this season they've rushed for at least 125 yards (6-0-1 in those games). Because San Francisco established the run, Colin Kaepernick was very effective passing using play action.

  • Drew Brees finished the day 2-of-9 for 76 yards and an interception on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield, his worst completion percentage on those throws in the Total QBR era (start of 2008). Sunday was the first time this season Brees had more overthrown passes (three) than completions (two) on those throws.

  • Only Aaron Rodgers has posted a higher Total QBR through his 1st 2 NFL starts than Colin Kaepernick over the last 5 seasons.

  • Sunday marked the first time that the 49ers had a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same game since 1995 Week 8 against the Rams, when Ken Norton Jr. had a pair of INT returned for TD for them.

  • Marques Colston: 10-yard TD reception in 2nd quarter is his 56th career TD, passing Deuce McAllister for most in Saints history.

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