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Five Things We Learned from the Saints/49ers game

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2. Hartley has the experience to shake off his mistakes

Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) celebrates a field goal during the fourth quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

I was tough on Garrett Hartley last week. He answered back by drilling three field goals from 21, 31, and 42 yards out respectively. He showed no nerves and Sean Payton’s faith in him has clearly solidified his confidence in himself. Each time he lined up, he was focused on his entire kick process. Not on what was going on the field. Hartley kicked with supreme confidence against the 49ers and he is showing he is maturing into a reliable veteran.

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