49ers 48, Saints 46

Mark Bavaro, Marshawn Lynch, Roger Craig.  George Kittle bulled his way into NFL Beast Mode lore Sunday afternoon in New Orleans with a monster 39 yard catch and rumble with 39 seconds left in the game to pull the 49er butts out of the fire and set up Robbie Gould for the game winning field goal as time expired.

It’ll go as a 39 yard pass by Jimmy Garoppolo for the game winning 4th quarter drive, but this play was all Kittle. 49er TEs had burned the Saints once before, in the 2011 playoffs, with Vernon Davis doing the 4th quarter honors in that game.

It continued a maddening trend by the Saints of going into lore for botching the end game in all kinds of weird and snakebit ways. To wit: since 2000, teams that scored TDs on their opening four drives had a 44-0 record entering this game. The Saints just made it 44-1.

Those opening four TDs gave the Saints a 27-14 lead in the second quarter and it might have kept up all day if their own TE, Jared Cook, hadn’t been knocked out of the game with a concussion. He was having Marcell Harris for breakfast, lunch, and dinner up to then. After he left, the 49ers forced the Saints into their one and only punt of the day, allowing the Niners to score twice and somehow head into halftime with a 28-27 lead. From there, the lead went back and forth the entire second half.

Emmanuel Sanders also had a huge day for the Niners, gaining 157 yards on 7 receptions. Along with Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne, the team finally has a recognizable bunch of receivers.

Hard to say what the heck happened to our studly number one rated defense. 465 yards, 46 points, 28 first downs – yikes!

With the win, and Seattle losing to the Rams, the 49ers reclaimed the lead in the NFC West. And everything points to the final game of the season up in Seattle to see which of these two teams comes out on top.

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17 comments on “49ers 48, Saints 46
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Not touching OBJ with a 100 ft pole.
    OBJ claims he’s been hurt all year and not sure if he’ll return to play in Cleveland. He’s a prima Donna Diva and not worth the headache.

    I’d look to re-sign Sanders and draft Devon DuVernay in the 4th round and also see what Jalen Hurd can do. Samuel will be a decent receiver and might blossom. Pettis might be done.

    Still think we need another receiving TE because suddenly Dwilley has disappeared since Kittle’s return.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Signature moments that propelled the Niners into contention:

    “The Catch” which started the Super Bowl run.

    Justin Smith tracking Jeremy Maclin of the Egos and stripping him of the ball recovered by the Niners. “Cowboy” ran 30 yards to make the tackle.

    George Kittle’s 39 yard catch dragging the db who was grabbing him by the facemask 15 yards to set up the winning FG.

    Memorable and priceless.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- you could add the Bowman interception against Atlanta to that list also. We have had a great history of big plays but we’ve also had a pretty long history of screwing up like the Craig fumble, the dropped pass in the 72 game with Dallas, the two fumble recovery’s in the Giant championship game, just to name a few. Anyway, lets hope this years team can finish out the year without critical mistakes.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I am sworn not to ever utter the word Pr#st^n R#ley.

    I picked those moments as signature because they turned each era around. No Niner fan will ever forget Kittle’s Tasmanian Devil impersonation yesterday. I surely won’t and it could be the play that defines whatever happens this year.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sherman has had a MRI and he has a grade 2 hamstring strain which puts the next 2 weeks as time needed to rehab the injury.

    No word yet on Richburg but it appears serious as he was carted off the field.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday’s game was a total nightmare for both defenses. I hope we have time to heal before the Seattle game. Hopefully. Richburg’s injury can heal before the playoff’s but I’m not holding my breath it did look bad.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to our D and da hot Boyz on Sunday. They have to live up to this:

    “Conan, what is best in life?”

    “To crush your enemies. To see them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women.”

    Patience. Need to try our best to coach up rookies and depth players to sub starters. Marcel Harris, Dre Greenlaw, Tarvarius Moore, Dante Pettis.

    We are in the Patriot’s Zone now. End of round picks and rehab of 1st rd castoffs from other teams. It hurts to admit to oneself that next year’s 1st will be traded down for day 2 picks.

    Can Brunskill be an IOL starter in 2020. Can McGlinchy, Skule, and Coleman be a quality post-Staley OT unit.

    Good day 2 picks for LB, IOL, and SS should be there in a good draft year.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Richburg done for the year as we all pretty much knew. Torn patellar tendon.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is NN and read comments.


    Most likely out for next year. Late in season surgery, recovery, and rehab. Give him injury settlement. Save maybe 7 mil next year.

    Garland has experience including protection calls. Maybe Person will be backup C and OG next season. Brunskill RG. What are the real measurables on these guys.

    Brunskill 25, Skule 22, Coleman @ 26, Garland 31, Person 31. Seems this is the OL now and 2020, along with Staley/Glinch/Tomlinson. We just lack draft capital.

    Would not be surprised if trade down 1st for an LB backup for Warner and safety. We have Hurd yet.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Came across this and I’m sure you’ve seen them before but I don’t mind watching them over and over and it reminds you what the playoffs are like and thrills to come.



    and that lead to this


  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners put Goodwin on IR for “various” ailments. A season lost and it’s doubtful if he’ll be back because he’ll be training in the long jump trying to make the Olympic team next year.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


    “D.J. Jones has a significant ankle injury and could be out for the season, Kyle Shanahan said.”

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Damn it.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That one hurts.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sunday was a streetfight. The Saints put starters DT Sheldon Rankins and DE Marcus Davenport on IR for injuries sustained in the game.

    Both teams paid a price in a game played at playoff intensity.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
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1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
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Bullit: 12-5
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