Recapping the New Orleans Saints season after three quarters

Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

San Francisco

The Saints started this quarter of the season with the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last season.

The name on the marquee said it was the San Francisco 49ers, but this team bore little resemblance to that Super Bowl team. San Fran was missing all of their starting offensive skill position players from that Super Bowl team, plus a few of their defensive stars.

The Saints spotted the Niners 10 early points, then scored 27 unanswered points before San Fran put up a meaningless field goal late in the fourth quarter. It was a ground and pound kind of night.

Latavius Murray and Taysom Hill did a lot of work on the ground, but it was Alvin Kamara who punched in the scores, as well as catching a lot of passes.

Of course, the big news of this game was the injury to Drew Brees.

Unbeknownst to most Saints fans, Brees came into the San Fran game with lingering injuries from the Tampa Bay game, namely some bruised and broken ribs. Brees took a sack against the Niners and not only worsened the ones that were already broken, but he also broke more ribs and suffered a collapsed lung.

Once again, Brees is missing games. And once again, the team steps up and shows this is a TEAM beyond its leader.

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