3 reasons why 49ers lose to Saints in Week 14

Center Max Unger #60 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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No. 1: Fatigue and injuries impact the 49ers

At the start of the 2019 campaign the team from the west coast went out to Florida and Ohio for their first two games. At the time it wasn’t a big deal because they had a bye week looming in Week 4. The Niners just had to make it through those road games and a home contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers to get the rest they needed.

Now, there is no rest after this week. When the Niner sreturn home after Sunday, they’ll have to regroup and refocus.

The Saints can also take advantage of the fact the 49ers have played 10 straight games since their Week 4 bye. Though the Niners don’t show much fatigue, after the long travel and the time change to the east, they are bound to be feeling tired and may show so on Sunday.

It’s been a tough stretch of games for San Francisco, and the Saints can certainly benefit from it. Along with the adjustment of staying on the road, the 49ers had to deal with a few injuries from the Baltimore game, despite being the healthiest the team has been all year.

Safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) and defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow) are both out for Sunday’s tilt. Cornerback Richard Sherman (knee) was injured last week, but appears to be fine. Drew Brees may want to test the waters on Sherman’s side. The 31 year old may be feeling the affects of his injury against a high-powered Saints offense.

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You can never count out Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, especially when it comes down to games late in the season on their home field. The 49ers are facing their toughest part of the schedule and it could show Sunday afternoon.