NEW ORLEANS — After being in training camp for just two weeks following a 4 1/2-month lockout, the defenses figured to have the upper hand when the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco opened the exhibition season Friday night.

Actually, the defenses had more than the upper hand.

They dominated, especially early in the first quarter when the starters were still in the game, in the Saints’ easy 24-3 victory in the Superdome.

--Sheldon Mickles, Advocate sportswriter

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