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Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Saints

Posted by Scott Kegley on September 20, 2010 – 3:14 PM

The national stage is set for tonight’s showdown between the 49ers and the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.  The Monday Night Football crew is set up down on the field for the 5:30 kickoff.  The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and locally on CW 44.

The 49ers injury report lists Eric Heitmann as out, Ted Ginn, William James, Chilo Rachal and Kyle Williams as doubtful, Phillip Adams as questionable, Patrick Willis, Adam Snyder, Ahmad Brooks and Alex Boone as probable.

Jerry Rice will be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame at halftime and have his jersey retired.  As you can tell from the picture above, it should be a great halftime ceremony!

The inactive list for both teams will be posted 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

I spoke with 49ers broadcaster Ted Robinson before the game for our weekly segment “Teddy Football.”  Ted answered a few questions that fans submitted so if you’d like to have your questions answered in the future, stay tuned to our blog throughout the week or send them in on Twitter using the tag #TeddyFootball.  Click here to listen to our Week 2 Q&A.

49ers Inactives: QB Troy Smith (3rd QB), WR Kyle Williams, WR Ted Ginn, CB Tramaine Brock, CB William James, G Chilo Rachal, C Eric Heitmann and T Alex Boone

Saints Inactives: RB Chris Ivory, CB Patrick Robinson, S Chris Reis, LB Anthony Waters, T Zach Strief, TE Tory Humphrey, WR Adrian Arrington, DE Junior Galette

With Rachal out, Adam Snyder will get the start at right guard.

FIRST QUARTER:

The Saints won the toss and deferred.  Delanie Walker took the kick for the 49ers and got out near midfield, but a holding call against Moran Norris backed them up to the 10.  The 49ers gave the ball to Frank Gore on the first two plays of the game. On third down, David Baas’ snap went well over the head of Alex Smith.  The ball rolled into the end zone and Smith batted it out of bounds to take the safety.

Saints 2 – 49ers 0

Lee’s punt went into the wind and the Saints will get the ball inside the 49ers territory at the 46.   The Saints picked up a first down on a well executed screen pass to Pierre Thoms down to the 36.  On 3rd and short, the Saints went with a play action pass to Heath Evans who was wide open on the right side for a gain of 18 which gave them a first down inside the 10.  On 2nd and goal, Brees had plenty of time to throw and found Reggie Bush on a slant for the score.

Saints 9 – 49ers 0

Hartley’s kick was short thanks to the Candlestick wind.  The kick was fielded by Norris who brought it out to the 28.  On 3rd and 2, Brian Westbrook came into the game and took the direct snap for no gain.  Lee’s kick was fielded around the 10 by Reggie Bush.  His former USC teammate was the first man down and did a good job to wrap Bush up in the open field.

The Saints started their drive at the 10.  The Saints picked up one first down, but that was it.  The 49ers defense was able to get the Saints in a 3rd and long situation and Brees overthrew Shockey to go 3 and out.  Phillip Adams returned the punt 16 yards and was barely tripped up otherwise he might have taken it back to the score.  A great return by the rookie put the 49ers at their own 46.

The 49ers picked up their first 1st down on the game on a quick out to Josh Morgan.  Michael Crabtree threw a nice block to spring Morgan out to the NO 39.  After a seven-yard run by Gore, the Saints jumped offsides to give the 49ers a fresh set of downs.  On the very next play, Smith threw for Gore on a quick out.  The ball bounced off his hands right to Roman harper for the pick.

The Saints began their next drive at the 32.  The Saints picked up one first down, but the defense came up big yet again.  On 3rd down, Ahmad Brooks came off the edge and brought down Brees for the sack.  Morstead’s punt was a good one, downed inside the 10.  The referees consulted at said the ball touched Adams.  Singletary challenged the call.  After review, it was ruled that the ball did not touch Adams and the 49ers offense will take over at the 18.

On 1st down, Smith escaped some pressure and dove for a gain of 4 up the left sideline.  The 49ers converted on 3rd down as Smith hit Morgan on a crossing route.  Randall Gay was one of two DBs who pushed Morgan out and Gay was shaken up on the play.

Standout Stat: Total Yards – Saints 70, 49ers 56.  Despite trailing 9-0 and the end of the quarter, the defense has done well to force two punts.  The offense moved the ball well but was hurt by the interception.

Highlight Reel: Phillip Adams showed his ability with a solid opening punt return.  If he wasn’t tripped up, he would have been in the end zone.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers clearly did not start the way they wanted to with the safety and they made things hard on themselves with an interception in a situation that they could have possibly kicked a field goal.  However, at 9-0 the 49ers have shown resiliency and the defense has come up big to force two punts.  If the 49ers can get points on their current drive, they can seize momentum.

SECOND QUARTER:

The 49ers began the quarter with a first down at the 39.  Gore picked up one first down and Smith hit Walker who found a seam for a gain of 22 and another first down.  On 3rd down, the Saints brought pressure.  Smith stayed in the pocket and tossed it to Gore in the right flat.  The pass hit Gore in stride and the Pro Bowl back was able to make a nice catch and outrun his defender to sneak in for the touchdown.

Saints 9 – 49ers 7

Nedney’s kick sailed into the end zone for a touchback.  It’s great when Spikes dances on the field because that means he just made a big play.  He did just that on the first play of the drive, flying into the backfield to drill Pierre Thomas for no gain.  On 3rd and 10, the Saints ran a screen to Bush for 11 yards.  Wow! On 2nd down, Brees hit Bush for a gain of 2, but Bush got the worst of it as he was de-cleated by Patrick Willis.  Great hit!  Brees overthrew Shockey on 3rd down.  Phillip Adams returned the punt 7 yards out to the 17.

Gore picked up 8 yards on the first play of the drive as he continues to have success up the middle.  Snyder was flagged for a false start though on the next play.  On 3rd and 6, Smith hit Davis over the middle who dragged his defender for additional yardage, gain of 15 on the play.  Following the two-minute warning, Smith had a free play with an offsides flag and hit Morgan on a deep comeback for a gain of 15 down to the 32.  A big run by Gore on the next play as he bounced it out to the right and hit a seam for 10 yards.  Smith hit Walker inside the 10.  Walker had the ball pop loose and what could have been a great drive to end the half.  Instead, the 49ers turned the ball over.

The Saints got possession at the 3-yard line.  The Saints ran the ball on 1st and 2nd down and the 49ers used two of their three timeouts in hopes of getting the ball back one more time in the half.  On 3rd down, Brees hit Henderson for a first down, but the reviews showed his second foot may have been out of bounds.  The booth elected to review the play.  The ruling on the field held up.  The Saints ran one more play to end the half.

Standout Stat: Smith leads Brees in passing yards, 122 to 84

Highlight Reel: You’ll be seeing Willis’ hit on Bush on Sportscenter intros for a long time to come.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers put themselves in position to have the lead at halftime.  Walker’s fumble really hurt, but the 49ers have shown the ability to slow down the Saints’ offense.  They’ll need to come out clicking in the second half and reestablish the rhythm they had on that final drive.

THIRD QUARTER:

Brees got things rolling for the Saints on their first drive, moving the chains as he found Colston along the sideline.  Willis helped bring the drive to a halt though, bringing Brees down on a blitz up the middle for loss of 10.  The punt was downed at the 14.

Smith moved the chains on a 32-yard pass to Michael Crabtree.  Crabtree made one man miss and then nearly broke it.  On the next play, Smith hit Davis over the shoulder for a beautiful pitch and catch to net 41 yards.  That gave them a 1st and goal at the 9.  Anthony Dixon came in for Gore and made the most of his first NFL carry, running in for the score to give the 49ers the lead.

49ers 14 – Saints 9

Courtney Roby answered with a good return out to the 39.  The Saints picked up 9 on a screen pass to Thomas and Parys Haralson was called for a personal foul for roughing the passer.  Just like that, the Saints have the ball at the SF 37.  The Saints converted on 3rd down as they continue to set up screen passes on long downs.  Bush caught this screen pass for a gain of 11.  On 3rd and goal, Brees hit David Thomas on a short slant for the touchdown.

Saints 16 – 49ers 14

Walker returned the kick out to the 18.  On 3rd and 8, Smith hit Gore, but he was brought down by Vilma just shy of the sticks.  The delay of game penalty really hurt them.

Bush fielded Lee’s punt and made the first few men miss.  Andy Lee saved what would have been a touchdown as he pushed him out near the 35.

Standout Stat: Smith’s QB rating of 104.2 has helped keep the 49ers in this game.

Highlight Reel: Smith’s 41-yard pass to Davis was thrown on a rope and couldn’t have been placed any better.

Put it in Perspective: Though the 49ers trail, it’s still just a one score game.  The Saints won’t go away easily so the 49ers will have to have a few more scoring drives in them if they hope to pull it out.

FOURTH QUARTER:

On 3rd down, Reggie Smith batted down Brees’ pass intended for Colston.  Hartley’s 46-yard field goal was good.

Saints 19 – 49ers 14

The kick sailed into the end zone for a touchback and Gore gave them two quick first downs with two runs up the middle to move the ball out to the 40.  On 3rd and short, Vernon Davis was in 1 on 1 coverage to the left side and raised up his hand before the play.  Smith lobbed him the ball and all Roman Harper could do is interfere.  The flag came out and the 49ers got a first down at the 22.  On the next play, Smith’s pass was tipped and found Tracy Porter instead of Crabtree, who was wide open on the slant.

After the pick, the Saints started their drive at the 15.  Lawson drove them back 5 yards, reading the screen to Thomas and dropping him behind the line.  Brees scrambled on 3rd down and the 49ers defense held up nicely on the back end as Brees slid for 7 yards.  Adams fielded the kick put the Saints had it covered.

The 49ers began their next drive from the 31.  The 49ers picked up a first down thanks to a neutral zone infraction on the Saints followed by a 6 yard pass to Davis.  Davis and Smith weren’t on the same page on the ensuing 3rd down as the pass was well behind the tight end.  Bush fumbled the punt, but was fortunate to have it bounce back to him.  Bush was injured on the play and was helped off the field.

On 3rd and 1, the 49ers defense held.  Brees went with the play fake and Willis checked Henderson as they tried to set up the screen to him.  Adams muffed the punt along the right sideline and the Saints recovered.

Brees hit Colston inside the 5 for a 1st down.  Willis and Co. held up FB Heath Evans at the 1-yard line to force the field goal try.  The 19-yard field goal was good.

Saints 22 – 49ers 14

Walker returned the kick to the 18.  With 2:08 remaining and no timeouts, the 49ers need to go the length of the field and go for the two-point conversion.  Davis moved the chains with a 16-yard comeback and the clock stopped at the two minute warning.  Smith did well to escape the pressure on the next play and picked up 12 as he ran out of bounds to stop the clock.  Smith found Morgan along the right sideline for 12 yards, getting out of bounds.  Smith tried to hit Davis on a seam pass, but he couldn’t hang on.  Smith hit Gore on the screen pass and he got a nice block from Adam Snyder to pick up 18 yards down to the 21.  Smith scrambled again on the next play, picking up 12 yards down to the 9 and got out of bounds to stop the clock with 1:26 remaining.  Smith hit Zeigler crossing down to the 7 and he got out of bounds.  Gore then rushed in for the 7-yard score on the next play!  Smith hit Vernon at the goal line and the ruling was that he was just short.  The play went to review.  The ruling was overturned as it was ruled the ball crossed the line and the 49ers have tied it up at 22 with 1:19 remaining.

49ers 22 – Saints 22

Roby returned the kick to the 30.  The Saints have 2 timeouts with 1:14 remaining.  Brees hit Thomas for 8 yards.  He didn’t get out of bounds.  Brees hit Thomas again out past midfield.  They used a timeout with 43 seconds left in the game.  Reggie Smith dove and nearly picked off Brees’ pass for Colston.  Brees hit Colston against the coverage of Goldson for 30 yards.  Brees hit Shockey down at the 14 and Hartley will come out for the field goal attempt.  The Saints were flagged for a false start and that will make it more difficult.  The kick was tipped yet somehow went into the end zone and the 49ers lose a heartbreaker.

Saints 25 – 49ers 22


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181 Responses to “Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Saints”

  1. By LEW on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Niners and sing will never go to far if all he wants to do is run on first down; What did you draft m.crbatree, v. davis for? to block for an rb who is in decline. We did not even see rb dixon or westbrook.

  2. By Ham on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    niners all the way …

  3. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    i hope we can do something tonite. have to open up the offense and score touchdowns. it is rare that you win by all field goals. we need touchdowns tonite

  4. By Sactown9ers on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    This is gonna be bad

  5. By Alicia and Jesse on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s Go 49ers!!!!

  6. By B1ind23 on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Second.

  7. By B1ind23 on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s hope Alex can complete his passes and we can get past that red-zone!

  8. By Terri R. on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Good luck to the best team in the league. Hope we do well. It would be so nice and exciting to be on top again. Congratulations to Jerry Rice!!

  9. By Sactown9ers on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    This is gonna get bad real fast I’m going for my 5th beer

  10. By paul stom on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    gentlemen & ladies; tonight we see who this team really is. jerry may be
    revelations of things yet to come. not who dat? DAT US! Go niners.

  11. By PETERD on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    nice work moran! bonehead play loses 40 yardsa! and good for our new center, too. we are done

  12. By Cesar on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    The worst 49er team I’ve ever seen….. Its a shame to view this kind of performance.
    Congratulations to Jerry Rice! Best ever WR

  13. By Glenn on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Taylor Mays tackles Reggie Bush for a loss…now THAT’S a USC Connection….

  14. By mikeeeuk on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    U.G.L.Y

  15. By David on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    wow 5 runs ans a muffed snap how creative god we suck!!!!!!

  16. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    INTERCEPTION ??? :0
    Alex AGAIN ????
    but….
    Again, I’m sure it’s somebody elses FAULT ???

  17. By Sactown9ers on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    I told you its gonna be bad

  18. By mikeeeuk on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    UGLY

  19. By robert on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Here we go again….Do we even have another QB…Get him Greased up! Its getting harder to watch the 9ers play….

  20. By Sactown9ers on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Jimmy is the man

  21. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Everything Alex is somebody elses Fault ???
    according to The SF 49er’s Coaches, Front office & Media
    Don’t The Fans get it ???
    The Fix is in for Alex within The Organization

  22. By Cesar on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Muffed snap, 3 & out, INT…… Are we ready to compete in the NFL?

  23. By Sactown9ers on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Next time let’s try to run the ball up the middle.

  24. By paul stom on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    well; so far we see Alex doin what he does. the defense not stopping anything
    and a hapless turnover in critical field position. this is a shame; its early, but its
    a shame anyway!

  25. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Oh wait a minute ?
    I know what the problem is….
    We need to Draft more first round offensive Linemaen cuz…
    Nobody Protects Alex ????

  26. By A.C on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    the yorks should do the planet a favor and get so far out of football.
    they have destroyed the most proud franchise.
    singletary will be out of a job by nov 1-2010.
    noone with any affiliation to the yorks should be involved in professional sports!

  27. By Sactown9ers on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    This is the way to congratulate Jerry

  28. By ninerfan on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    we’re bad enough without bad refs

  29. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Thanx for this Blog….
    A Good way to Blow off Steam when your watching the game
    at Home alone

  30. By Darnell on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    we the ninerz need a QB, dang, 4real

  31. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Tonight…. Jerry may be the Only thing the Fans have to Cheer about
    sad, sad, sad, sad, sad when we have to cheer about a player more than
    10 years removed… even if he was one of the Greatest
    Still should have something to like about the current Club ???

  32. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Now starting to look better 3 minutes into the second quarter

  33. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    TD !!!
    I told you all they would do it all along …. lol

  34. By Cesar on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Great drive!

  35. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    man why Bush looked like he was about to cry after that hit

  36. By B1ind23 on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Key to the game: Stop turning over the ball…

  37. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    come on Delaine

  38. By James on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Way to go Walker! Do you have to ruin every touchdown drive?? HOLD ONTO THE FOOTBALL!!!! YOU SUCK!!!!!

  39. By Epoch35 on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Congratulations J. Rice #80!…….Play for keeps ! Go 49ers!!!!!!!
    Saints , bow down!!!!!!!

  40. By paul stom on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    It would appear that we have a “game on” fans. Def. has shown up and big of
    late. Couple of mistakes, but the def. can make it up. Alex has come to play
    (I hope) Jimmy Raye seems to at times opened up the book. Thank God , Uncle
    Vernon has shown up. Need more. Delayne bad boy. Do better! Give Anthony
    some super glue and stretch their D around the ends. Well done Frank. Variety
    and the time to find it (Oline stonewall). That’s it. Another half Now Turn It Up
    Another knotch both Offensive and Defensive. WHO DAT? DAT’S US!! DAT’S
    WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO NINERS

  41. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    so far not alex smiths fault. drew brees has a bad 1st half because of the wind. and people say that alex sucks because he over throws the ball to gore. wind for brees and smith sucks? we will see this next half if the niners want to hold onto the ball and score touchdowns and hold the aints to very little. LET WIN NINERS!

  42. By montanastargirl on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    The fortyniners are playing hard. The defense looks great. Alex is palying well
    fortyniner faithful let us have faith and wish our team wll…

  43. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    good job Pattrick now d shut em down

  44. By gspasch on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    I LOVE PATRICK WILLIS!!!!!!

  45. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    o snap Alex has a arm

  46. By Mike Santos on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Hmmmm….. Right now Niners have Mo !!!
    another TD !!!

  47. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    welcome to the NFL Dixon

  48. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Crabtree the “Diva” with a catch

  49. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    held thwem to 3 good job d now no more mistakes

  50. By Pogue Mahone on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    What do the Saints have … four penalties in two games for about 30 yards total? That doesn’t even seem possible. What’s the penalty yardage in this game?

  51. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    pass interference

  52. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  53. By Cesar on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Mistakes! And more mistakes!
    You cant allow them against a premium team…

  54. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    defense

  55. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    If only the offense played like our D…. We might win a lot more games.

  56. By Sisco on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    49ers are the masters of blowing up their game

  57. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    we got this

  58. By Cesar on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Last chance is comming

  59. By Sisco on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    have to admit, the 49ers are better than I would have guessed

  60. By cali niner on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    You know what, if we can stop make stupid mistakes we can win this game cmon niners!! you can do this

  61. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    We need a QB that can perform when it counts. I am way too tired of seeing our team lose because of this putz.

  62. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    we get a break and no one around the ball!!!! ball is tipped and 2 or 3 saints around the ball. why cant we get a BREAK?

  63. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    6 mins

  64. By Sisco on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    wow moderator, you are pretty restrictive on what you will allow to be posted. All I said was 0-2? meaning this is too good a team to fall behind this early in the season

  65. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    3 and 1 come on one mo time niners

  66. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    ok alex keep stable an we can get a w just make reads

  67. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Our defense seems to be having no problem.

  68. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    cut em coach

  69. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    23 years as a niner fan. This is the worst display of football I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. By paul stom on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    There’s nothing left to say. Adios until another day.

  72. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    misstake free football next wek man

  73. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    If Smith plays don’t count on it!!!

  74. By Pogue Mahone on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Can we please cut somebody and sign a return man who can catch the ball?

  75. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    week

  76. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    we had em

  77. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    maybe a ot

  78. By Chad on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    this hurts. this was by far a winnable game. we have killed ourselves more than I have ever seen. Even more than the Jeff Garcia days!!

  79. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    does not mean a thing, who cares if they stop them and force the saints to attempt a field goal. crabtree will drop the pass, so i will davis, so, we lose

  80. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    time for the leader on the offense to step up

  81. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    when it is time to mess up, this is the perfect time… they did it all game, why would it suprise us fans now if the do it again.

  82. By Chris on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Herb were u not here in 2004? That was bad this is just ok

  83. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Now Smith is going to call the plays??? Perfect!!!

  84. By nate on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Really? This is hard to watch, don’t we have another number 1 draft pick. Everyone gets all excited when Smith finally completes a pass, that’s his job! If I was that bad at my job I’d be fired.

    Saltily yours,
    Nate, from Ohio

    P.S. Go niners!

  85. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    dont let the pressure build up show y u deserve to be here alex

  86. By elvick on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    lets go niners

  87. By farnsi9er on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    I expected the worst, but was pleasantly surprised as the game went on. BUT, WHYYYYY does Coach Singletary have rookie Davis receiving punts at all, let alone in the last 5 minutes of nthe game???? If they had kept Michael Robinson, he would not have made the mistakes that Davis did.HOW can you misplay a punt in the last 5 minutes of the game??????
    I am very disappointed in this situation.

  88. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Mental errors might cost the niners this game and the Aints know it.

  89. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    shake em off you good run

  90. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    dont force it

  91. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    there you go

  92. By Sisco on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Smith can run

  93. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    is alex growing up?

  94. By Sisco on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    not a time to throw a pick

  95. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    2

  96. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Run that ball in!!!

  97. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    play action

  98. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    review that

  99. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    man too close!!

  100. By Chad on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    we get hosed again! cmon now!

  101. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    the ball broke the plane unless the refs got money on d aints but alex shoulda ran it

  102. By Chris on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Well all the Smith haters shut up for that drive!

  103. By Sisco on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    smith had a clear path to run it in, but was to focused on the throw

  104. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    REVIEW TIME !!!

  105. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    i thought the rule was the ball had to break the plane with possession

  106. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    WE finally got a break!!!!!!!!!!

  107. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    YEAH REFS FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT.

  108. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    davis smith connection

  109. By Chad on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    finally!! lets go defense!!

  110. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    iight corners
    hey the announcer just said what i said

  111. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    no he didnt have the run my bad

  112. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    no corner blitz please stop giving him room to pass

  113. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    ot hartley will miss it

  114. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    tall bastard

  115. By cherokee on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Go Niners Go!!!

  116. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    pick or fumble miss hartley miss wide left wide left

  117. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    wide left false start

  118. By Chris on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    can we get some safetys that can cover please

  119. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    wide left wide left

  120. By Chad on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    season over!

  121. By russ on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Why was Brian Westbrook not used to field punts? He would at least caught the ball. Why pick this guy up if you are not going to use him? Huge weapon.

  122. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    ahhhhh o well we have the talent just play misstake free well see them in the future

  123. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    errors kill

  124. By Herb on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    That’s for sure!

  125. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    o well matt cassel here we come

  126. By ernestina martinez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    im sTiLL gLad THeY wERE cLOse At lEaST thEy caN saY thEY wEREnT dEFeaTed bY dOublE pOinTZ…gOOd JoB… u Guys We LOsE SoMe WiN SoMe God blEsS u All

  127. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    did not play well enough to win. as the past few years, lose by just a few points to put us under or around 500 season. it will be another long season again. nothing good came out of this tonite. dont care how smith did tonite, it is still a loss. nothing good to get out of it at all, a loss is a loss. good way to start, 0-2.

  128. By Chris on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Well cant be mad at them boys they played well but gotta get rid of the turnovers we’ll be 2-2 before long and we stood toe to toe with the best in the NFL turned the ball over 4 times and only lost by 3 points im proud to be a niner fan for life GO NINERS

  129. By Pattytheirishlass on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Yea! Now that’s what I call a football game! We may have lost, but the Niners played great footaball! We’re coming up, so you’d better get this party started!

  130. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    OK my hats off to New Orleans for a good game. All Niner Fans should be proud of this performance despite all the mental errors. Alex showed that he should be our QB. AND Sing showed he should be our HEAD COACH. Lets move on and concentrate on winning the division. Lets KICK ASS from here on out . Niner Nation 4 Ever.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  131. By James on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Defensively almost there but the offense had several missed opportunities that were GOLDEN! There’s nothing worse than watching a team that has super-bowl potential play like shoulda coulda wouldas

  132. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Oh by the way New Orleans Hows you knee Feeling? #25

  133. By leilani on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Man!!!!!! May b next time guys. Real nail bitter

  134. By bushlookslikehewasabouttocry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    see yall next week

  135. By sf882 on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    good game against the defending champs…. looks like Alex finally got his head gear washed out (kudos), but you just increase the odds against you with all those turnovers….. finally a glimmer of hope !!

  136. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    what are all you talking about. good game? took the wind out of our said. we lose and go to 0-2. thats not a way to do it. we need a win. not a 3 point loss or we need to put things together and we will do good. ill be a faithful fan and expect to lose these close games and continue to watch them lose. nothing good out of this game at all. WE LOST, nothing good at all. take away the mistakes, we still lose.

  137. By Danny Bilski on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Chris….very well put….they stood toe to toe with the best the NFL has to offer and with 4 turnovers still only lost by 3 points….proud of these boys. Oh and we finally saw what Alex Smith can be…now he just has to be consistant.

  138. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Hell yah it was a good game!! What are you talking about Mike. Did’nt you see Reggie LIMP off the feild with help????

  139. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    wow, he limped off the field.big deal, now we 0-2. so what if we hit hard and played good d, offense cant control the game and WIN. 0-2. look at the record. we may have played well at times, but not consistent. consistency is the key. 0-2. good way to start, good game? 0-2

  140. By niner fan on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Even though the niners lost, it was a great game! No more turnovers!!! Niners, you can do it! Get those chiefs next week!!!

  141. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    exciting game, yea ill give you all that much, but good game for the 49ers, NOPE. good game for the saints. it is not a game to find our identity and find something good out of it. if we trying to do that now, it is too late. we should have already had that identity already.

  142. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds like your packin it in after only 2 games?

  143. By K on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Why do we have a rookie returning punts???? We have a great player in Westbrook.

  144. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    hey, remember how we have played in the past few years? looks like again the same ol 49ers in the past 8 years. steve young is correct, he is saying what im saying, you have to finish those tight games. we have the talent and have not done the job. “49ers have to dominate on offense” (steve young). we started well the last 2 years and flop the second half of the season. we flop now, and will continue to go up and down, lose close games and just not get it together. has nothing to do with alex smith, has everything to do with the team not getting it together as a unit

  145. By jrparker on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Except for a few unpro like mistakes, the 9ers looked like a Super Bowl contender. Fear not 9er fans. We had a 1 win and 2 loss record when Joe Montana took us on an 8 game win streak, lost to the Browns, then won every game thereafter to lead the 9ers to their first superbowl championship.

  146. By Jay on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    WOW!!! What a game, We lost by a fg!!! DAMN!!!
    You guys must be really pissed off huh? I am. But I think the niners bounced back very well, But goldson should of batted that ball instead of tipping it for the fg? I just hope we start winning after this game I mean KC is 2-0!! There actually a different team this year than last. But good fought out game, I was impressed by Alex ralling us back for that tie!!! Oh well ,beat KC next sunday niners!!!

  147. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    As a fan Im not giving up on my team. I dont care what I read from frusterated “Niner fans.” Its should be nothing new at this point
    . I still have hope our team WILL make the playoffs. Cant wait till next wk. Bring on the Chiefs. NINER NATION STAND UP AND BE PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  148. By Debbie Picou on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Singletary- I was so impressed and commend you for the press conference after the game. I am a New Orleans native and as the nation knows the Saints waited for decades to win the Superbowl!! I also feel that the 49ers are well on their way – and regardless of errors, defense is strong and I believe you will lead them far. Sir, you are a fine gentleman and coach and many would say Saints should not have won! I was expecting OT!! I love visiting San Francisco. I have to stay loyal to the “Who Dats”, but look forward to more 49er games to come.

  149. By TruNinerfaith on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    The niners played their hearts out. Smith played a good game and the play calls were on point. Smith will lead us to the playoffs. KEEP FAITH. There were some big turnovers but to have 4 turnover against the saints is not that bad. The interceptions were off of deflections so that’s reasonable .Our defense stepped up. The game was a heartbreaker but our team has nothing to be ashamed of (except for the safety). Keep up the hard work niners it will pay off. As for all you fake niner fans with the negativity about Alex and Singletary, GO FIND ANOTHER TEAM AND KEEP YOUR GARBAGE COMMENTS TO YOURSELF. YOU’RE NOT A FAN IF YOU ONLY SUPPORT THE TEAM WHEN THEY WIN.

  150. By Michael on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    hey john, i hear ya. still hoping as well. just stupid way to play football. dumb mistakes all over the field. 49er faithful here. im not leaving. here in georgia, long way from home, only one here watching my niners tonite. usually at a sports bar hearing all the talk with only 3 faithful 49ers fans. see you next week. hopefully there is better things to talk about next week

  151. By Chris on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Danny that’s the spirit I like to hear from my fellow niner faithful. We got this. Next five cames should be victories and will be if we play like we did tonite they will be. Lets stop all the bickering amongst ourselves. We saw what Alex can do tonite and I liked what I saw minus the picks and one was not his fault. Coach Sing has it going in the right direction for the the long term where we can contend year in and year out. The problem is all the fans with that microwave mentality that think you can turn an entire team around with one player or one draft it takes years and we are almost there. Mark my words we still win the division and make the playoffs this year with Alex as Quarterback and Singletary as our coach

    GO NINERS FOR LIFE

  152. By Matt on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    It’s easy to focus on all the negative with a loss. Yeah we made mistakes and we paid for them. But the fact of the matter is that we stayed with them and traded blows with the defending Super Bowl champs. Our defense looked strong. Our offense is starting to come around. We just need to take what happen tonight, learn from it, and come out fighting next week.

    49er ’til I die

  153. By terry on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    we need to do what we’re good at !!!!! we will win our division

  154. By Noteriety on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Good Game. I had a good feeling about this game and I was right (though I was worried at the beginning). I was not sure we would win, but we have proven tonight that we will win the NFC West as long as we stop killing ourselves.

  155. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    I HEAR YA MIKE. TRY BEING A NINER FAN IN HOUSTON.(TRANSPLANT FROM HAYWARD CA.) I AGREE NEXT WK WILL BE BETTER. KEEP THE FAITH. AND LETS HOPE FOR WIN NEXT WK. LETS GO NINERS!!!

  156. By Black&Gold51 on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Awsome game!! I know its tough as a 9ner fan to lose a game like that but I have mad respect for your team. It opened my eyes to how good you guys really are. 0-2 is not a bad thing when you guys play like you did tonight. Now if you were the Cowboys I would have a different feeling. But good game don’t beat yourself up on this one.

  157. By romes on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    All you niner “fans” should be ashamed of yourselves. most of you have been bashing this team since the headache at seattle. Be proud of your team thats why were called the 49ER FAITHFUL. instead im starting to realize why people call us the whiners. instead of bashing coach Sing, Raye, and Smith, take a look and realize that we just outplayed the superbowl champs. mistakes happen in every game, and it was unfortunate how the ball never seemed to bounce our way, but you have to be proud of OUR QB, OUR LINE, OUR D, and FRANKIE G running hard. This is a team that is about to start a meteoric rise. the REAL niners fans should stand up

  158. By John Perez on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    NINER NATION FOR EVER… WIN LOSE OR DRAW.. I BLEED RED AND GOLD…….FORTY NINERS LETS GET THE WEST THIS YEAR. AND F@#K THE REST.

  159. By Badass9er on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Niners did good and I am proud of them. Way to go . we didn’t get blown out and we didn’t lose by a long spread. I hope we can get better . We deserve to see these guy get better and win win win!! Go 49ers!!

  160. By Jamaine on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    One play away from beating the champs but we played 9er ball!!!!! Let’s get the next four and get back in the hunt!!!

  161. By Gil on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Im now living in Michigan, transplant from the Bay Area, I just wanted to say keep the faith, Niner fans, our team played great despite the mistakes and turnovers, I’m pround to be a niner fan, they played tough through out this game tonite, I believe at times we dominated the Saints, we beat ourselves, but if we play consistantly like we did tonite we are going to have a good season, nothing to hang our heads down about, learn from it and move on, I took a lot of positives out of this game than negatives, this game showed me that the Niners have a lot of heart and comeback in them, cant wait until the next game, GO NINER’S

  162. By Jason on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    It was a good game, it was scary at first, and I almost stopped watching!! (Doing the hwole watching through my hands thing!!) I was surprised on how well they did, I was ALSO surprised on how they STILLLLL keep turning the ball over and killing themselves!! Without the turnovers their was no way the Saints win that game!! Lets prove next week, that we are who they thought we were and kick the crap out of KC!!!

  163. By way2sicc on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    always been a niner fan since 91, and i never lose faith no matter high or low. we may have started 0-2 but i can guarantee this is the best niner team in the last 10 years. ive never badmouthed alex smith and have always defended him when ppl say he suks. but im not going have to defend him anymore cuz this year he will finally prove why the niners chose him over aaron rodgers. all the right pieces are in place, everyone just needs to stay healthy and keep playing together and there will be no limit to what this team could do

  164. By L.G on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    If it was not for the four turnovers in the re zone the the 49ers win this game easy because they out played the Saints in my opinion. The game started really bad with a badly hiked ball and three runs on 1st 2nd and 3rd. I felt embarrassed for them. I am not an Alex fan but he had a good game. The interceptions were not his fault but he gets them for some reason? It was good to see him run the ball to keep the drive alive. Maybe he is on to something, finally?

    Mistakes just killed them and they still almost won. They have so much potential but this team can’t seem to get it together? They lost a lot of very close games last year for the same reasons, turnovers. That’s on the coaching. Please pick in punt returner. They are giving the whole team a shot at it…

    I like to see them get the ball to Crab, Westbrook, and Dixon a little more. Gore is great but he can’t play at that level for a whole season he we burn out fast. Coach looked like he had tears in his eyes after the game, poor guy. I would too after looking at the up coming schedule, tough road games. They can win them if they stop turning the ball over…

  165. By win4now on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    Entertaning game for sure! But really tired of oh were sooooo close! On the positive side, great defense and the offense minus the turnovers (including speacial teams) and I believe this team will go 11-5! Unless we’re still stuck on soooo close!

  166. By Rick on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    I AM VERY PROUD TO BE A LONG TIME 49ER FAN!!!!!!!!!
    I know we are going to be great this year. Yes we beat our selves , we shot our selves in the food. But we NEVER GAVE UP. That was an AWESOME game played by the whole teem. Gore tore up the field Alex looked like a true champ quarterback. The whole Deffence Kicked some ass. Lets put this one behind us and play like the we played on monday night for the rest of the season and we will be unstopable.
    Mr Sigletary I have a sugestion for you. A part from “REMEMBER THE TITANS”. for those who fumble make them carry a football all week long with them. and make the whole team try to strip it away or cause a fumble and try to recover the ball bring it back to you for a reward , and punish the one who fumbled it.
    DONT WORRY COACH WE ARE GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT.

    TRUE FAN

  167. By Les on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    Niner Fan since the Kezar days. This team had more turnovers than a French bakery last night, and they still had a chance to pull it out. Great finish for such a bad start. I truly believe this team should win the West. We are controlling the ball but just need to stay focused on not turning it over in the zone. Alex had a great drive in the end, but I almost puked when the announcers said “Alex grew up tonight”. Come on, he aint no rookie; this is his sixth year. In dog years he would be 42. Bow wow. I would like to see a tandom backfield and interchange Gore and Dixon. Use Westbrook or someone to field punts that has better hands. Great effort tonight. A fan for life.

  168. By Pattytheirishlass on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    All of you doubters, take your sorry a##es somewhere else. I’d love to see the Niners go the Super Bowl, but come on, let’sgive props where theyare due. You all think this is going to happen overnight? Not one plkerson has commented on how well our defense played (especially Gore and Davis). Give the guys a break and stand loyal or leave!

  169. By martinez on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    niners did a very good job as a team except for all the turnovers cuz thats what killed us.the offence looked good and also the defense was great.the special team needs some work to do, but over all im proud the way the niners played. dont worry guys the niners are gonna get better every weaks and there gonna be one the best teams in the nfl we just gotta elimate our turnovers and pentalties

  170. By Pattytheirishlass on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    oops! spelling bad, Sorry, I was pi##ed off.

  171. By Gameovr on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    The 49ers must learn from this & move on. Its the turnovers that killed this team. Gore & V.Davis looked sharp. A.Smith didn’t do too bad. Those 2 interceptions were from tipped balls. Drew Brees had a tipped ball that could’ve been too costly for them had it gone the either way around. Tipped balls happen

    I’d say, against the champs, they didnt too bad. They need to start winning if they want to be the NFC West leader. I expected this to be a one sided but the 49ers fought & made it a very exciting game to watch.

  172. By Gameovr on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hats off to the 9ers D.
    Go 49ers!!

  173. By K.Peterson on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    First thing first…Please put Alex Smith on the bench and start David Carr.. 2nd thing is Start using Anthony Dixon the is strong,fast and healhy plus he has a point to prove…

  174. By Johne on Sep 21, 2010 | Reply

    Great Game….we’re still just not over the “JUST WIN BABY HUMP”! Although it was good to see Alex “grow up”! If he can maintain this momentum, than the niners will have no problem with their division and by the playoffs should be very interesting! GO NINER’S!!!

  175. By Lenny Goldsmith on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a 49er Fan since Frankie Albert (yes, I’m old but I was only 6 then!) was the quarterback and then the coach! I’ve never waivered…given the last decade of mediocrity, Monday’s game was a testament to Mike Singletary’s work ethic and motivational skills that have definitely rubbed off on the players. From Alex Smith’s comfort level with the offense and being able to finally capitalize on his prodigious skills as an athlete, to the offensive line and of course THE man…Frank Gore inspiring us all…to the amazing Patrick Willis and his Wild Bunch holding the world champion Saints (never thought I’d say that) to a minimal amount of offense…throw in that amazing 4th Qtr drive to tie it up and, mistakes aside (those can be cured)…it was a victory for this old fan!! Brighter days are right out there on the horizon guys!! Go get what you deserve!!!

  176. By WhoDatNatio9 on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Niner fans should be proud of how they played, but I’ve never heard so much trash talk from fans in my whole life! The whole team played great including Alex Smith! The Saints created turnovers that’s what they do!

  177. By Basko Saucealini on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith is trash bags!!!!! he is 2nd or 3rd string on any other team in the NFL. we need to rip that captain patch off his jersey he is far from a leader get em outta here. he was the biggest waste of time this ball club has ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is the most inconsistant QB ever!!!!!

  178. By RJ on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    Pour Alex 6 O cordinators. God if this kid could get a break. Horrible play selection by the way. The running game is pathetic

  179. By Kevin Xiong on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith such so bad…..

  180. By Tyrone on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    Bring back the west coast offense

  181. By Tyrone on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    alex smith would be a great WEST COAST OFFENSE QB

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