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“It stings right now because of the expectation level that we had coming into this tournament and understanding that if we win here we’re into the NFC championship game and anything can happen. That’s tough. Tough to swallow at this point.”
- Drew Brees
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Divisional Preview: Saints at 49ers
@steven_lebron - New Orleans Saints
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that these two teams have contrasting styles. The 49ers were 7-1 at home this year, while the Saints were just a respectable 5-3 on the road. Take away their opening night loss at Lambeau Field, the remaining two road losses were puzzling: at Tampa Bay and at St. Louis. There are similar takeaways from both losses: the Saints rushed for a combined 126 yards in those two losses, and Drew Brees threw five interceptions. The 49ers have the formula to stop the Saints’ ground game and force turnovers. But is this the same New Orleans team that we saw two months ago? And just how far has San Francisco closed the gap on the elite teams in the NFC with their terrific year. I don’t think far enough to win this game. It will be a learning experience for Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith. Saints win in a close one.
@nhall - San Francisco 49ers
The Saints are a great team. It’s really hard to argue against them, but the Niners can play the schedule game too. Take away the overtime loss to a reality tv touchdown reception and the Niners are undefeated at home. The Saints have all kinds of weapons. Not only do they have the usual suspects at receiver but they added Sproles and Jimmy “And 1” Graham has stepped up in a major way. That said, the Niners can stop them. First of all, the Niners will win the field position battle. They arguable have the best special teams unit in the league - Andy Lee, David Akers, Tedd Ginn. But the x-factor is Jim Harbaugh. He is readying his soldiers for battle. These guys are going to be amped beyond belief to play this home game. Patrick WIllis and NaVorro Bowman seem to be the worst possible matchup for Sproles. And what if Aldon Smith gets going? These Niners can win this game and if they do it’s because of the defense and the home grass. I see Alex Smith staying controlled and this New Orleans pass rush staying less than impressive.