Last time the 49ers played the Saints, Vernon Davis broke down into tears, Candlestick Park rejoiced and history was created. And the Saints remember that.
So, they set out for revenge, and their first winning record of the season, today, when the two teams clash at the Superdome.
New Orleans is 5-5 and surging towards a possible Wild Card playoff berth, even though Chicago, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and Seattle all have better records than them (none of those teams lead their division). San Francisco is just trying to extend their division lead, as they currently lead the Seahawks for first place in the NFC West.
Colin Kaepernick will start for the 49ers, after a spectacular Monday Night performance in which he shredded the Chicago Bears. But the Saints are preparing for him, and they are looking to overwhelm the second-year quarterback making his first career road start.
He will have to do it against Drew Brees and the Saints, a team that torched San Francisco’s defense in the second half of last year’s playoff game. Brees was intercepted twice, but he guided New Orleans to 32 points while throwing for 462 yards and four touchdowns. San Francisco’s defense has been inconsistent in 2012, but they ripped apart the Bears.
Expect Kaepernick to come back down to Earth against the Saints, even though New Orleans isn’t good at pass coverage and has allowed over 27 PPG, 27th out of the league’s 32 teams. New Orleans will know what’s coming, and they will succeed on offense and on defense.
So, what will happen? Kaepernick will be slowed and the Saints will put a screeching halt to San Francisco’s momentum in a 31-17 win.