Breaking down what we learned in the Saints' Week 12 loss to the 49ers

Leigh Oleszczak
New Orleans Saints v San Francisco 49ers
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The New Orleans Saints got shut out by the San Francisco 49ers and I don't really have anything witty to say. This team continues to be an absolute dumpster fire and I, for one, cannot wait for the season to be over with.

Without further ado, let's chat about the game. I watched it so that you didn't have to. You're welcome.

Defense did their part

This game can't be blamed on the defense. They surrendered just 13 points to a feisty 49ers offense and kept Christian McCaffrey and George Kittle in check. Chris Harris had some bad penalties but otherwise, the defense showed glimpses of last year's dominant unit. They were the bright spot on Sunday.

What's up with Kamara?

Okay yes, the Niner defense is one of the best in the league but Alvin Kamara was bad in a multitude of ways. He only had 13 yards rushing and 43 yards receiving and fumbled the ball twice. Both times led to the 49ers' defense recovering and one of those came when the Saints were close to scoring.

I know Kamara has been great for this team for quite some time but he's looked like a shell of himself this season.

Saints had chances to win this game but kept tripping over their own feet

It was only a 13-0 final in favor of San Francisco. The Saints had plenty of opportunities to make this a game and they failed to do anything with those opportunities. I mentioned the Kamara fumble when the team was close to scoring and while another red zone opportunity was ripped away due to poor officiating, that shouldn't decide a game. Oh, Wil Lutz also missed a field goal, which would have prevented the shutout.

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It was another terrible outing from the team but at least this time, we saw glimmers of hope from the defense. The offense, however, was just awful. Let's flush this game down the toilet and never speak of it again.

All stats courtesy of ESPN

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