Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Saints_kicker_garrett_bacc
It's going to take me a while to recover from that one emotionally, but guess what, we have more football on Thursday! The Sainst beat the 49ers 23-20 thanks to a Garrett Hartley field goal with just over 2 minutes left to tie, and another Hartley field goal as time expired. The win gives the Saints an 8-2 record and they will root for the Patriots on Monday night to give them a two game lead in the NFC South. The game featured a few very questionable calls, including a roughing call on Brees late that possibly would've given the 49ers the victory if not called. The 49ers got their share of beneficial calls too. Regardless, it's clear that the better team won this game. Much to my surprise the Saints dominated both lines of scrimmage. Below are my bullets on the game: Garrett Hartley deserves a game ball. Despite catching heat all week and watching the Saints bring in competition this week to light a fire under him, he drilled a 42 yarder under immense pressure to tie the game and another 31 yarder to give the Saints the win. So clutch. Happy for him. The Saints held Frank Gore to 48 yards on 13 carries. If you take away one 24 yarder, he had 12 carries for 24 yards. Overall the 49ers had just 81 yards rushing. That is the blueprint on how to beat them. Epic performance by the D in the trenches. The 49ers had just 195 yards of offense. That's it. The Saints had 3 horrific turnovers. A bad muffed punt by Lance Moore at the Saints' 10 that gifted a touchdown, a bad interception by Brees on a terrific play by Ahmad Brooks (he's done this to Brees before) and a fumble out of the end zone by Corey White stretching for a possible pick six. The lone 49ers' turnover was that pick. Somehow the Saints survived this by being the better team. How often do the Saints score two touchdowns, by Josh Hill and Jed Collins? Ha. The only player on San Fran's offense that gave the Saints trouble was Anquan Boldin. I have to had it to him he was great on timing routes and tough moving the chains with his possession receiving. Jabari Greer injured his ankle/knee/leg on a pass break up and is likely out for the season, I'd have to assume. Brutal injury. Best wishes to a great player and an even better person. I hope we see him on the field again. That was a perfect example of how cruel the football gods can be. The Saints rushed for 92 yards and 4.0 yards a pop. The offense is really close to peak performance now thanks to the offensive line performing so much better. Lance Moore had a horrible drop on a 3rd down play and a costly fumble. A bad game for him. Drew Brees was LIT UP by NaVorro Bowman and even left with a bloody mouth after a closeline that could have sealed the game in favor of the 49ers. Instead the Saints got a flag. Fortunate. Colin Kaepernick clearly grounded from the end zone late and the referees refused to throw a flag and give the Saints a safety. That was a horrible no call. Another WHALE of a game by Akiem Hicks, 7 tackles and a sack. Cam Jordan was very good too. Travaris Cadet was probably my special teams player of the week before those field goals by Scooter. He actually had an 82 yard return. This was a hard fought physical battle. The Saints will be beat up coming into the Falcons game in Atlanta on Thursday. I hope they can recover in time to be ready. They only sacked Brees once and hit him twice but man that Bowman hit on Brees looked brutal. The offensive line played their best game of the season, bar none. Amazing performance from top to bottom against an excellent defense. Can't enjoy this one for too long folks, it's officially FALCONS HATE WEEK!  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jon Jones wanted for questioning in hit and run

Pitcher throws perfect game with 23 strikeouts, still loses

Will LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Portland Trailblazers?

Wizards sweep listless Raptors

Clippers defeat Spurs, even series at 2-2

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

JR Smith 'nervous as hell' about possible suspension

Dana White: No more WWE for Ronda Rousey

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk for 'bush league' play

Report: Eli Manning not concerned about contract

Several teams interested in Bucs' No. 1 overall pick?

Report: Marcus Smart overslept, could get less playing time

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

WATCH: Former NBA’er Darko Milicic is enjoying life

WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

WATCH: JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder in face

WATCH: Kevin Love leaves Game 4 with shoulder injury

Joe Flacco content with current Ravens receivers

WATCH: Demetrious Johnson wins with last-second submission

WATCH: Jerryd Bayless beats Bulls with buzzer-beater

John Legend catches Belichick checking out Chrissy Teigen

Jim Rice to Jim Palmer: 'Quit complaining'

Time Warner-Comcast failed merger hurts Dodgers fans

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk

JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder

Report: Wainwright likely done for year

UAB player brings helmet to graduation

Leah Still scores in Temple spring game

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.