The Saints-49ers score was in greater doubt than expected. Although the Saints-49ers score was 25-22 in favor of the champs, the win came at a price. New Orleans not only lost Reggie Bush to injury, they got lucky more than a few times due to San Francisco mistakes. Turnovers and blown red zone chances kept San Francisco from gaining the advantage, although they still appeared set to go to overtime anyway. However, the Saints-49ers score finally turned out well for the champions on paper, since they were left with too much time.
Like in the opening game against Minnesota, New Orleans did not have their offense leading the way. The defense kept them alive, as did San Francisco’s own errors, resulting in four 49ers turnovers. Once New Orleans took the lead in the third quarter, they looked ready to pull away.
Yet the Saints-49ers score was not decided until a wild final few minutes. It started when San Francisco kept the champions from clinching the game with a late touchdown, keeping the deficit at 22-14. Then, in just under a minute, Alex Smith finally lived up to his promise, driving the home team to a touchdown — but they needed a two-point conversion.
Originally, Vernon Davis’ catch was ruled short of the goal line, yet a review gave San Francisco the extra two points to tie the game. However, although the Saints-49ers score was tied, they may have done so too soon, as Drew Brees had two timeouts and over a minute left.
Like Smith, Brees proved adept at a last-minute drive, getting several big completions to reach field goal range. Yet Garrett Hartley appeared to fall short with a wobbly, partially blocked kick — but it barely had enough to go over the goal post.
Despite the difficulties, the Saints-49ers score turned out well for New Orleans, although other things did not. The loss of Bush to a leg injury will be the big concern of the week, while the offense once again took a while to heat up. However, as he did last year, Brees showed up big when it counted.
As for San Francisco, the loss dropped the preseason NFC West favorites to 0-2. However, the Saints-49ers score was a lot tighter than their ugly opening loss to the Seahawks, and Smith’s final drive filled them with new hope. In the ugly NFC West, even an 0-2 start isn’t enough to count them out.
The Saints now hope to start off well without Bush against the Falcons next week, while the 49ers try to break their losing streak against the unbeaten Chiefs.
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