The Saints meanwhile showed their dominance on offense with five consecutive possessions resulting in touchdowns.
The big difference maker for the Saints that really proved its worth was the running game behind Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Chris Ivory.
The unit as a whole produced 167 yards on 36 carries. Pierre Thomas was a beast and consistently broke multiple tackles for huge gains. Thomas was the leading rusher of the game with 66 yards on 8 carries.
Overall, the Saints sent a message to the rest of the NFC. We are here, and were are ready.
The New Orleans Saints will travel to Candlestick Park for a battle with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday Jan 14. Much has been written about the level of defense the 49ers bring to the table and it’s been well deserved.
San Fran has the 4th overall rated defense in the league. They are 1st in rushing yards allowed thanks to the excellent linebacker play of Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman. This will be arguably the best LB duo the Saints face this year. Running the football will be a challenge for the Saints.
The 49ers 16th ranked pass defense, however, looks to be ripe for the picking. The field conditions for game time look to be decent at least, so the Saints and Drew Brees should be able to put up the yardage. they will need to turn that yardage into points, however. Facing this defense, the Saints may not get to many chances.