Flashback Friday: New Orleans Saints beat 49ers by field goal
In our flashback Friday, the New Orleans Saints beat the San Francisco 49ers by a field goal all the way back in 2013.
Week 11 rolled around and the New Orleans Saints were 7-2 heading into the week against the San Francisco 49ers.
That season they had already beat the Flacons, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Dolphins, Bears, Bills, and Cowboys; and their only losses were to the Patriots and the Jets. They ended that season 11-5 and made the playoffs.
However, week 11 proved to be probably the best game of that week and of that season. The first quarter started and the 49ers and Saints exchanged back to back punting drives for each team — all but one of them being a three and out.
With six minutes left in the first quarter, the Saints got on the board first with a touchdown from Drew Brees to Josh Hill for the three-yard score. The 49ers tried to rally but eventually punted nine plays into the next drive.
But, after a fumble on the return, they would get the ball back to continue their drive.
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The second quarter saw the same strength in defense as we saw in the first quarter. After the muffed reception from Lance Moore. The 49ers started the quarter on the Saints eleven-yard line. Kaepernick eventually scored on a pass to Anquan Boldin for 11 yards. After another punt from the Saints and an interception from the 49ers, Kaepernick marched down the field again — this time settling for a field goal.
On the very next drive, Saints’ J. Collins (left guard) got a touchdown on the one-yard line set up by a run from Pierre Thomas. The Saints punted on the next drive ending the half.
In the second half, the Saints came out with the ball and Brees immediately throws an interception. That would lead to the 49ers’ second score of the day coming from Kaepernick to Vernon Davis from 17 yards out.
The Saints would turn it over again after a failed 4th down conversion — leading to another 49ers field goal, taking the lead 20-14.
At the start of the 4th quarter, Brees led the team down the field and settled for a field goal, making it 20-17. After another San Francisco punt, Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense did the same exact thing, now tied 20-20 with 2:06 left in the game.
The 49ers had a quick 25 seconds three and out leaving 1:41 on the clock for Brees.
He marched down the field 47 yards in 1:39. Garrett Hartley, with two seconds on the clock, kicked the game-winning field goal from 31 yards out and the New Orleans Saints beat the San Francisco 49ers that day.