Instant Reaction: 49ers Beat Saints 27-24 In Wild Overtime Thriller

The San Francisco 49ers came into the Superdome and dominated the Saints in the early part of the game, taking a 21-10 lead into the half.

New Orleans' defense stiffened in the second half, shutting out the 49ers and letting their offense carry them back into the game. They took a 24-21 lead with less than two minutes to play, San Francisco was able to drive down the field and kick a field goal to force overtime.

Then in the extra frame, the Niners stripped New Orleans QB Drew Brees to set up the game-winning field goal.

Turning Point: The 49ers had a 4th-&-10 with 1:34 left in the game down three. Wideout Michael Crabtree managed to get behind New Orleans' defense and Kaepernick hit him for a 51 yard bomb, immediately putting San Francisco in range to tie the game.

Key Stat: New Orleans turned the ball over three times this game, all from the hands of Drew Brees. They gave San Francisco extra opportunities to win the game, which they took advantage of.

San Francisco MVP: Wideout Anquan Boldin was the 49ers' most productive offensive threat on the night, catching six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

New Orleans MVP: Jimmy Graham came up big again for the Saints, catching nine passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. He almost caught the game-winning Hail Mary at the end of regulation, but was called for offensive pass interference on the play.

What’s Next? San Francisco will try and keep things rolling in New York against the Giants next week, while New Orleans will try and rebound against Cincinnati.

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