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2019 Schedule
10-3, 1st in NFC South
Stephen A. still not ready to give Jimmy G high honors (1:32)
2d

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Through the 4 p.m. games: there is now a 91% chance the No. 1 seed in the NFC will come from the West. 49ers: 60% Seahawks: 31% Saints: 8% Packers: 1%

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

George Kittle's 39-yard reception (and the facemask penalty on the play) in the final minute had a win probability added of 69 percentage points — the biggest WPA play so far today.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Most PPR fantasy points by a wide receiver through his team's first 13 games of a season: 322.4 Randy Moss, 2007 317.8 Crazy Legs Hirsch, 1951 312.7 Herman Moore, 1995 312.6 Antonio Brown, 2014 311.3 Charley Hennigan, 1961 308.2 Marvin Harrison, 2002 307.2 Jerry Rice, 1986 305.9 Antonio Brown, 2017 304.5 Michael Thomas, 2019 303.6 Randy Moss, 2003

3d

Garoppolo's 4 TD passes help 49ers top Saints, 48-46

Jimmy Garoppolo decisively delivered a fourth-down pass to George Kittle with time running out, and the veteran tight end vigorously galloped up the sideline, embracing an opportunity to defiantly jerk his head back and forth as a Saints defender...

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Drew Brees' 40.1 fantasy points are the second-most he has scored in a game in his career (40.5, Week 3 of 2018), and he did it against the 49ers, the No. 2 schedule-adjusted defense against QBs entering the day. Brees also at least temporarily re-claimed the all-time scoring lead amongst quarterbacks from Tom Brady. Brees now has 4,906.3 points to Brady's 4,904.3.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

What a gut-wrenching 48-46 loss for the Saints, who squandered the offensive breakout they've been waiting for with their worst defensive performance of the season. At 10-3, they can still wind up winning the NFC's No. 1 seed. But they will now need losses by both San Francisco (11-2) and Seattle (10-2) for it to happen.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome NFL MVP candidate Michael Thomas to this track meet. The Saints' dominant receiver caught a 49-yard pass and a 21-yard TD pass midway through the fourth quarter to bring New Orleans within 42-40. Thomas now has nine catches for 118 yards on the day.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-18 from the 49ers' 45-yard line. And it looked like they might draw a pass interference penalty against San Francisco on Taysom Hill's deep pass attempt to Tre'Quan Smith. However, the officials explained that pass interference does not apply on throws to the outside receiver from a punt formation. The home crowd booed passionately -- even though the official came over the loudspeaker to explain it twice.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints just lost their first offensive fumble of the season -- and it couldn't have come in much of a worse situation. RB Alvin Kamara lost the ball on his own 20-yard line. And the 49ers scored a touchdown two plays later with a TD pass to George Kittle to retake a 35-30 lead.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

It's hard to believe the Saints could come out and score TDs on their first four drives against this 49ers defense -- and still be trailing 28-27 at halftime. First the Saints' D couldn't stop the deep pass. Then the 49ers started gashing them with the run. And 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan even threw in a trick-play TD pass from WR Emmanuel Sanders to RB Raheem Mostert. The Saints' defense has actually been a strong point for most of the year. It would be pretty crushing to let this one get away.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Jared Cook has officially been ruled out with a concussion -- obviously a big loss for New Orleans after he was such a key part of the game plan early with TDs on each of the first two drives.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees talked this week about how the Saints' offense hasn't had one of those really explosive performances yet this year, but he feels like they're "ascending" and ready to peak at the right time. Who knew the breakout would come against the 49ers defense?! The Saints are leading 27-14 midway through the second quarter. Brees is 15-of-18 for 179 yards and three TD passes, plus a 1-yard leap for a TD run.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' defense keeps getting burned by the deep passing play against San Francisco -- and credit the 49ers for going after them when New Orleans probably expected a run-heavy attack. This time, WR Emmanuel Sanders caught a 75-yard TD after Saints safety Marcus Williams fell down while jockeying for position with him. Then Saints safety Vonn Bell missed a tackle as Sanders made his way into the end zone.

Team Stats

Passing Yards261.48th
Rushing Yards108.016th
Points For26.35th
Points Against22.8