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Saints vs. 49ers: Tale of the Tape

New Orleans Saints (13-3) vs. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

Candlestick Park

Kickoff: Saturday, January 14 at 1:30 PM PST



The Line (as of 1/12/12): Saints favored by 3 points

Series Record:  49ers lead the series 45-24-2.  Saints have won six straight games against the 49ers.  The last win by the 49ers over the Saints was in 2001.

Last regular season meeting: September 10, 2010, Saints won 25-22.  Game was at Candlestick Park on Monday Night Football.

Compelling stats:

Saints are 0-4 on the road in the playoffs in franchise history.

The Saints were eliminated by the 7-9 Seahawks from the playoffs last season.  The game was played on the road in Seattle.

The 49ers were last in the playoffs in 2002 and the only remaining player on the roster from the team is long snapper Brian Jennings.


SAINTS OFFENSE vs. 49ERS DEFENSE (Regular season stats):

Saints Offense (Rank): Overall (1), Passing game (1), Rushing game (6)

Averages Per Game

Total Offense: 467.1 yards

Passing: 334.2 yards

Rushing: 132.9 yards

Points: 34.2 (2nd)

Compelling stats:

The Saints offense converted an NFL record 56.7 percent of third-down conversions.

On the road this season the Saints are 5-3, averaging 27.3 points and 441.6 yards per game.  At home this season the Saints are 9-0 averaging 41.6 points and 507.4 yards per game.

The Saints offense has gained over 600 yards in the last two games.


49ers Defense (Rank): Overall (4), Pass (16), Rush (1)

Averages Per Game

Total Defense: 308.2 yards

Passing: 230.9 yards

Rushing: 77.2 yards

Points: 14.3 (2nd)

Compelling stats:

49ers defense led the NFL with 28 turnovers (23 INT’s, 5 fumbles recovered).

D allowed only 3 rushing touchdowns, all in the last two games of the season.  This was the fewest ever given up in a 16-game season.


SAINTS DEFENSE vs. 49ERS OFFENSE (Regular season stats):

Saint Defense (Rank): Overall (24), Pass (30), Rush (12)

Averages Per Game

Total Defense: 368.4 yards

Passing: 259.8 yards

Rushing: 108.6 yards

Points: 21.2 (13th)

Compelling stats:

The Saints defense is ranked 28th in red zone defense and gave up four red zone touchdowns on four possessions to the Lions last week.

D is ranked second to last in interceptions in the NFL with just 9 all season.  Dashon Goldson and Carlos Rogers each had 6 interceptions for the 49ers this season.


49ers Offense (Rank): Overall (26), Passing game (29), Rushing game (8)

Averages Per Game

Total Offense: 310.9 yards

Passing: 183.1 yards

Rushing: 127.8 yards

Points: 23.8 (11th)

Compelling stats:

The offense had the fewest turnovers in the NFL with 10 (5 INT’s, 5 fumbles lost).

49ers offense converted 29.4 percent of third downs, second worst in the NFL.

Offense was 30th in the NFL inside the red zone.

49ers scored on only 40.7 percent of their possessions inside the red zone.

In the last three games of the season, the 49es improved scoring on six of eight trips inside the 20.



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