Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on as the bench celebrates a game winning field goal by kicker Garrett Hartley (not pictured) against the San Francisco 49ers in a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco at New Orleans: Saints overcome 49ers, 23-20

 

The New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers battled for four quarters, and like many of their matchups in recent memory, it was physical and came down to the wire.

The Saints’ defense got off to a great start but suffered a big blow when cornerback Jabari Greer was carted off with a left knee injury in the first quarter. The exact injury has not been reported, but it looked significant. He required an air cast on the field.

That injury wouldn’t hurt the Saints’ defense too much though, as they contained Colin Kaepernick for most of the game and helped the offense overcome a pair of Drew Brees picks to keep the game tied at 20 with little time left in the game.

Brees would drive the Saints down the field, and with no time remaining, Garrett Harley booted-in the game-winning field goal to give them the win. Hartley, who had missed four field goals in the Saints’ previous three games, made all three of his field goal attempts in the fourth quarter to help the Saints rally from a 20-14 deficit and remain firmly atop the NFC South division with a game against the Atlanta Falcons coming this Thursday night.

Saints wide receiver Marques Colston finished with five catches for 80 yards to become the Saints’ all-time leader in yards receiving with 7,922, passing Eric Martin’s two-decade-old mark of 7,854.

Colin Kaepernick completed 17/31 passes for only 127 yards and was sacked three times as the 49ers lost their second straight.

 

 

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