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49ers 17 Saints 14 HALFTIME
The 49ers started off by making a bold statement and deferring to the Saints after winning the coin toss. Demonstrating confidence in his defense the 49ers were almost screwed by the referees on a pass interference call on Donte Whitner. Then Whitner delivered a huge hit on Pierre Thomas at the 49ers 2 yard line causing a fumble that would go to the 49ers.
The 49ers struck first on a beautiful 55 yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis putting the Niners up 7-0. Dashon Goldson played a Drew Brees pass on third and long perfectly and returned it to the 49ers 4 yard line the ensuing possession. On third down a beautiful block by running back Frank Gore allowed Smith the time to find wide receiver Michael Crabtree on a slant that looked just like the game winning TD catch Delaine Walker pulled in at Detroit.
The rest of our half time reactions from Candlestick and Hamm’s Pigskins of the first half after the break
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With one crushing first-quarter hit Saturday, Donte Whitner changed the direction of the wind at Candlestick Park and took the wind out of Pierre Thomas and the New Orleans Saints. Setting the tone with punishing defense, Whitner and the 49ers kept bopping and dropping Saints for the next three hours, putting the hurt on a resilient opponent that kept popping off the mat but never quite recovered.
The helmet-to-helmet hit by San Francisco safety Donte Whitner that sent New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas to the locker room early in Saturday's NFC playoff game was legal.
Considering the circumstances and the two fourth-quarter touchdown plays, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith played the best game of his career. However, he couldn't have done it without plays labled, "whack" and "bang."
With the 49ers trailing 24-23 with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter, offensive...
The 49ers signed Alex Smith to an affordable one-year contract before the year with some incentives that weren’t necessarily “likely to be earned.” But the team is happy he earned them. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Smith will get a $1 million bonus for leading the 49ers to the playoffs. The terms of the bonus:…
In one triumphant afternoon, playoff first-timer Alex Smith joined a pair of 49ers Hall of Fame quarterbacks with his own indelible postseason moment. Joe Montana had ''The Catch.'' Steve Young had ''The Catch II.'' Now, Smith added another epic play to the 49ers' storied history: ''The Grab.''
The helmet-to-helmet hit by San Francisco safety Donte Whitner that sent Saints running back Pierre Thomas to the locker room early in Saturday's NFC playoff game was legal.
The Saints haven’t lost a game since the day before Halloween, but Alex Smith and Vernon Davis scared the pants off of them.
Powered by Smith, who threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns and another on the ground, the 49ers defeated the Saints 36-32.
TD passes to Vernon Davis (seven catches, 180 cards) and Michael Crabree [four catches, 25 yards] and a David Ackers field...
Thirty years after Joe Montana authored a fairly memorable play in 49ers ' history, Alex Smith mirrored the legend. In some ways, he might have even trumped him by delivering not one but two clutch scoring plays with a...
Alex Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees had put the high-powered Saints ahead, and the resurgent San Francisco 49ers capitalized on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory Saturday.
Late-game heroics, stingy defenses and blowouts highlighted this weekend's divisional playoff matchups.
49ers beat Saints 36-32
The Saints haven’t lost a game since the day before Halloween, but a four touchdown night from quarterback Alex Smith and 180 yards receiving from Vernon Davis was downright scary. While Drew Brees (458 passing yards, four TDs) had success against...