The New Orleans Saints right now appear unstoppable.
In brushing aside the Detroit Lions Saturday night in a wild-card playoff victory, the Saints’ jazzy offense was in perfect rhythm in both its passing and running games. Now the Saints march into Candlestick Park this Saturday to meet the 49ers in a divisional-round NFC playoff game.
Yet the 49ers are taking solace in the fact that the Saints have indeed been stopped this year. New Orleans has lost three times, including a 31-21 loss in October to the woeful Rams, who provided a bit of a blueprint for what the 49ers need to do, says San Francisco defensive lineman Justin Smith. The Rams sacked quarterback Drew Brees six times and dictated the pace of the game on defense.
“Defensively, we know we’re going to have to pressure Brees, hit him, make him uncomfortable,” Smith told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, citing the Saints’ loss to the Rams.
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks also looks at the matchup – pitting the Saints’ electr...