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Keys to the Game: 49ers vs. Saints

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Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) is introduced before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s face it, we know Jimmy Graham isn’t 100%, but try convincing everyone else that. It’s honestly something we haven’t seen before, with him toughing it out to still contribute in big ways. Over the past few games, Graham has been a nightmare for teams when the Saints get into the red zone. Quite honestly, you expect him to get the ball, and like we saw against the Cowboys, he didn’t have to for the Saints to get into the end zone.

Graham was held in check last year against the 49ers, where he had 4 catches for 33 yards, dropped a pass, and was triple covered at times. It was definitely not one of his better games.

I see a huge day for Jimmy Graham. He’s been questionable every week on the injury report until this week, and has been repeatedly limited in practice. His injury isn’t one that exactly progressively heals over time, but in a high-octane game such as this one, I see him making a lot of noise on the field, and expect him to set some tone in terms of physical play for the game.