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Saints vs 49ers: Game Preview and Matchup History

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I think we all know too well how these two teams matchup and the recent history here. But let's take a closer look just for the hell of it, shall we?

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  • 49ers lead the NFL, allowing only 13.4 points per game (134 points).
  • In last year's Divisional playoff, QB Alex Smith had 3 TDs, 0 INTs and a 103.2 rating. He also added a 28-yard TD run.
  • In his career (including playoffs), San Francisco is 15-0 when Smith starts and has a 100+ rating (min. 15 attempts).
  • QB Colin Kaepernick had 2 TDs, 0 INTs and a 133.1 rating in his first career start last week.
  • RB Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards with a TD and had 7 catches for 56 yards with a TD in his last regular season meeting vs. the Saints.
  • In last year's Divisional playoff, TE Vernon Davis had 7 catches for 180 yards and 2 TDs, including the game-winning TD with 0:09 remaining.
  • Since 2009 Davis leads NFC tight ends with 35 TDs (including playoffs).
  • WR Michael Crabtree has 4 TDs in his past three games.
  • LB Aldon Smith has 29 career sacks, most by player in his first 26 games.
  • Smith had 5.5 sacks last week.
  • The Saints have won 5 of their past 6 games.
  • QB Drew Brees is 5-0 in the regular season vs. San Francisco with a 107.2 rating, 12 TDs and 2 INTs.
  • In the Divisional playoff, Brees passed for 462 yards and 4 TDs.
  • TE Jimmy Graham had 5 catches for 103 yards and 2 TDs in the Divisional playoff.
  • WR Marques Colston has 55 career TDs and needs one to pass Deuce McAlister for most by Saint.
  • Colston has 7 TDs in his past seven games.
  • Colston had 9 catches for 136 yards and a TD in the Divisional playoff.
  • Colston had his first career 3-TD game vs. San Francisco (10/28/07).

49ERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

45-24-2

STREAKS

9 of past 11

COACHES VS. OPP.

Harbaugh: 1-0

Vitt: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 32-7 vs. Bears

W 38-17 at Raiders

LAST REG SEA GAME

9/20/10: Saints 25 at 49ers 22. New Orleans RB Reggie Bush & TE David Thomas each record rec. TD. Saints K Garrett Hartley converts 3 FGs, including game winner as time expires.

LAST REG SEA GAME AT SITE

9/28/08: Saints 31, 49ers 17. New Orleans WR Lance Moore records 101 rec. yards & 2 TD catches (5, 33) from QB Drew Brees. Saints WR Robert Meachem adds 47-yard TD rec.

BROADCAST

FOX (3:25 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (SF), 86 (NO). XM: 230 (NO).