49ers’ Defense Again Torn to Shreds by Brees and Saints

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is sacked by Ricky Jean Francois #95 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Another ugly one for the San Francisco 49ers. A solid offensive performance, by the numbers, for QB Colin Kaepernick, was overshadowed by the New Orleans Saints’ high powered offense, which simply dissected the 49ers’ defense. Another week, another loss, this time, by a final score of 41-23.

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Chip Kelly’s offense finally worked for the 49ers against the Saints in Week 9. But the defense has a long way to go, and that was evident the entire game. Is he the long-term coach?

A good defensive stand on the Saints’ opening drive, resulting in just 11 yards, was one of the only successful stands the entire night. The 49ers opened scoring with a 49-yard field goal from K Phil Dawson. New Orleans’ next four drives resulted in touchdowns, as QB Drew Brees, one of the NFL’s finest was dismantling the defense.

Brees finished with 323 yards on 28/39 attempts and 3 touchdowns. RB Mark Ingram, who hadn’t been having a great season, had a huge game for the Saints with 15 carries for 158 yards. In the second quarter, he broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run. The 49ers’ defense has allowed a 100-yard rusher in almost every game this year.

Luckily for the 49ers, the Saints defense is also pathetic, leading Kaepernick to his best start of the season, finishing with 398 yards on 24/39 attempts, 2 touchdowns, and an interception.

At halftime, the Saints had a whopping 31 points on the board, and after only one interception for Kaepernick, the 49ers put up 20.

A successful opening drive for the 49ers to begin the 3rd quarter ended abruptly when RB Mike Davis fumbled the ball. Luckily, the 49ers’ defense came through with a big stop, but a couple of off-target Kaepernick throws yielded just a field goal to bring the 49ers within 8 with 9 minutes left in the third.

After shutting out the Saints in the third quarter, reality set in and Brees found WR Michael Thomas for the touchdown to put his team up 38-23 early in the 4th. A successful drive for the 49ers ended with another fumble, down by 18. The game, however, had been over at this point.

A positive takeaway was that the 49ers managed to put together over 400 yards of total offense. But the negative takeaway to counter this is that the Saints put up more than 500.

The 49ers were supposed to find some pieces to build with next season. Even that now seems impossible, as this team is reaching historically bad lows.

Tej is a Bay Area native and Senior Staff writer for NinerFans.com. A devout San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors fan, Tej is determined to get you the information you crave. His work has been featured on the FanSided Network, Bleacher Report, and Sports Illustrated.