Game 10 Reaction: 49ers vs. Saints

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Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) spikes the ball in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Unlikely Heroes Score

I’ll go back to my Keys to the Game.

What To Watch For: Josh Hill. With Ben Watson likely out for this game due to the concussion, which looked way worse than what it was, the undrafted rookie free agent out of Idaho State is going to see a lot more of the field on Sunday. His primary role is a blocking tight end, but we’ve seen Brees look for him at times over the season. How he blocks on Sunday could spell the difference for the dedication to the run game.

Hill got into the endzone for the first time in his career, scoring the game’s first touchdown to put the Saints up 7-0. The 3-yard reception was his only catch of the day, but it turned out to be a huge one. Let’s not forget that it capped off a 97-yard drive. Hill was targeted twice in the game, but again, his presence in the run blocking was what helped the Saints outgain the 49ers in the ground attack 92-81.

It wasn’t overly flashy, but well worth mentioning that Josh Hill stepped up yesterday.

Who could forget Jed Collins? He had a 1-yard touchdown rush with less than two minutes to go in the half to put the Saints up 14-10.

If you would have said that Graham, Sproles, Thomas, Colston, Stills, or even Ingram didn’t have to score for the Saints to win a game, it would have been laughed off likely. However, the Saints continue to prove they can beat you in a variety of ways, with an arsenal of weapons.

Hats off to these guys!

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