The New Orleans are not suppose to lose inside the Superdome. The Saints had won 11 straight before Sunday's downfall.
Quarterback Drew Brews completed 28 of 47 passes, for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brees displayed the ability to avoid the 49ers rush time and time again....especially on this play. Brees spun around and fired a touchdown strike to tight end Jimmy Graham, Saints trailed 21-17.
Brees would find Graham for his second touchdown on the day on 3rd and goal...New Orleans led 24-2. It looked as if the Saints win streak in the Superdome would continue.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would guide San Francisco down field, somehow completing a 51-yard pass on fourth down to sustain a game-tying field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation.
Remember, you can't make costly mistakes if you want to win in the NFL. Let's go back to the first half, Brees tossed 2 interceptions that got New Orleans in a hole.
Speed up to overtime. Brees was trying to find an open receiver...San Francisco's Ahmad Brooks forced a fumble, knocking the ball loose and the 49ers would recover.
Enter kicking specialist Phil Dawson....his 35 field goal attempt took a number of angles, but it sailed through the uprights for the game winning points... 27-24 49ers. A fumble and two interceptions cost the Saints a victory.
Brees said, "I mean I've been playing this game a long time. I know how to play at a high level, but certainly when you turn the ball over, it can compromise a lot of the good things."
"Credit San Francisco for coming away with a win, "stated Payton. "We'll watch the tape tomorrow, kind of get this thing behind us as soon as we can."
It was the good, the bad and the ugly. In the end too many turnovers cost the Saints a shot at victory. A 19 game home winning streak under Sean Payton has ended inside the Superdome. A 19 game win streak under coach Sean Payton in the Superdome has ended.
The Saints will try to start a new winning streak when New Orleans entertains Cincinnati next Sunday in the Mercedes-Betz Superdome.
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