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10-3, 1st in NFC South
Cook makes incredible catch for 2nd TD of the day (0:29)
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49ers earn 11th win in 94-point thriller at Saints

For the first time this season, the San Francisco 49ers found themselves in a shootout, fittingly against Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans Saints.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Drew Brees' 40.1 fantasy points are the second-most he has scored in a game in his career (40.5, Week 3 of 2018), and he did it against the 49ers, the No. 2 schedule-adjusted defense against QBs entering the day. Brees also at least temporarily re-claimed the all-time scoring lead amongst quarterbacks from Tom Brady. Brees now has 4,906.3 points to Brady's 4,904.3.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

What a gut-wrenching 48-46 loss for the Saints, who squandered the offensive breakout they've been waiting for with their worst defensive performance of the season. At 10-3, they can still wind up winning the NFC's No. 1 seed. But they will now need losses by both San Francisco (11-2) and Seattle (10-2) for it to happen.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome NFL MVP candidate Michael Thomas to this track meet. The Saints' dominant receiver caught a 49-yard pass and a 21-yard TD pass midway through the fourth quarter to bring New Orleans within 42-40. Thomas now has nine catches for 118 yards on the day.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-18 from the 49ers' 45-yard line. And it looked like they might draw a pass interference penalty against San Francisco on Taysom Hill's deep pass attempt to Tre'Quan Smith. However, the officials explained that pass interference does not apply on throws to the outside receiver from a punt formation. The home crowd booed passionately -- even though the official came over the loudspeaker to explain it twice.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints just lost their first offensive fumble of the season -- and it couldn't have come in much of a worse situation. RB Alvin Kamara lost the ball on his own 20-yard line. And the 49ers scored a touchdown two plays later with a TD pass to George Kittle to retake a 35-30 lead.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

It's hard to believe the Saints could come out and score TDs on their first four drives against this 49ers defense -- and still be trailing 28-27 at halftime. First the Saints' D couldn't stop the deep pass. Then the 49ers started gashing them with the run. And 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan even threw in a trick-play TD pass from WR Emmanuel Sanders to RB Raheem Mostert. The Saints' defense has actually been a strong point for most of the year. It would be pretty crushing to let this one get away.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Jared Cook has officially been ruled out with a concussion -- obviously a big loss for New Orleans after he was such a key part of the game plan early with TDs on each of the first two drives.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees talked this week about how the Saints' offense hasn't had one of those really explosive performances yet this year, but he feels like they're "ascending" and ready to peak at the right time. Who knew the breakout would come against the 49ers defense?! The Saints are leading 27-14 midway through the second quarter. Brees is 15-of-18 for 179 yards and three TD passes, plus a 1-yard leap for a TD run.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' defense keeps getting burned by the deep passing play against San Francisco -- and credit the 49ers for going after them when New Orleans probably expected a run-heavy attack. This time, WR Emmanuel Sanders caught a 75-yard TD after Saints safety Marcus Williams fell down while jockeying for position with him. Then Saints safety Vonn Bell missed a tackle as Sanders made his way into the end zone.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Jared Cook's 58.1 PPR fantasy points since the Saints' Week 9 bye and entering today were second-best among tight ends. And he has already added 20.4 points to that total in one quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

So far we're getting a track meet that no one expected between the Saints and 49ers inside the Superdome. It's 7-7 less than seven minutes into the game after QB Jimmy Garoppolo attacked Saints CB Eli Apple early and completed his first three passes for a total of 75 yards. Apple has played well this season (in a contract year) as New Orleans' No. 2 corner. But he struggled last week with PI penalties and had a rough start on that drive.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints made a strong opening statement against this 49ers defense with a 38-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to tight end Jared Cook on the opening drive. That is now three straight games with an opening-drive TD for the Saints after they had a drought dating back to last season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton and Drew Brees have to be at their best against a 49ers defense that is allowing just 134 passing yards per game with 45 sacks. "It starts with protection. It starts with your ability to help control that four-man rush," Payton said. "This team from last year to this year has improved in a couple of areas more than I've seen any team improve in one year in a while. ... It's a different defense almost."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Standout Saints LT Terron Armstead is active today after being listed as questionable with an ankle injury. That should help against the 49ers' dominant d-line. The Saints previously ruled out LB A.J. Klein (knee), LB Kiko Alonso (thigh), G Andrus Peat (arm) and FB Zach Line (knee). Also inactive are OL Will Clapp (elbow), CB Patrick Robinson (calf) and S Saquan Hampton.

49ers vs. Saints (-2) (0:50)
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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Former 49ers great/ESPN analyst Steve Young said the Saints are in trouble if they try to just stand there in the pocket since the 49ers' defense linemen “are killers.” (see: 49ers 37, Packers 8 two weeks ago when they completely shut down Aaron Rodgers). So "that's what's most likely to happen" unless the Saints create some doubt -- whether that's mixing up where and when Drew Brees throws the ball from or mixing in Taysom Hill more after the 49ers had trouble defending Lamar Jackson last week.

Brees, Saints will overcome adversity to defeat 49ers (1:13)
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Team Stats

Passing Yards254.19th
Rushing Yards107.317th
Points For24.79th
Points Against20.7