Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/26/12
Scared money makes no money. Going into the matchup between San Francisco and New Orleans, we could infer that coach Jim Harbaugh gambled with house money from week eleven. He cashed in Sunday afternoon as Colin Kaepernick proved to be the right choice leading the 49ers to a 31-21 win. The Niners will stay in the driver’s seat to win the NFC West division while their entire organization fields questions about their favorite coach and quarterback (Kaepernick or Smith). Here is what we learned.1. The 49ers dashed the Saints playoff hopes. I chronicled the Saints' struggles in early October (see: "Saints Not Ain'ts, But Bountygate Has Certainly Taken Its Toll") questioning if they could overcome a horrific 0-4 start to make the playoffs. I doubted them, then; and they will not be crowned any time soon. New Orleans fell to 5-6 after yesterday's loss fumbling a chance to move up in the playoff standings after losses by the Packers, Vikings, Buccaneers and Seahawks. New Orleans are not el...
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