First quarter

49ERS: Colin Kaepernick 7 run at 7:21 (David Akers kick). DRIVE: 4 plays, 62 yards, 2:06. KEY PLAYS: Kaepernick 40-yard pass to Mario Manningham to Saints’ 20. Manningham 13-yard catch to Saints’ 13 to set up the touchdown on the next play. 49ers 7, Saints 0.

SAINTS: David Thomas 6 pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick). DRIVE: 10-79-5:36. KEY PLAYS: Brees 33-yard pass to Joe Morgan to 49ers’ 30. Mark Ingram 6-yard run for first down to 49ers’ 17. Ingram 2-yard run on third-and-1 at the Niners’ 8. Saints 7, 49ers 7.

Second quarter

SAINTS: Marques Colston 10 pass from Brees at 7:53 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 2-11-0:48. KEY PLAY: Drive set up when Ted Ginn Jr. fumbles a Thomas Morstead punt and Rafael Bush recovers for the Saints at the 49ers’ 11. Saints 14, 49ers 7.

49ERS: Ahmad Brooks 50 interception return at 0:22 (Akers kick). KEY PLAY: Brees tries to hit tight end Jimmy Graham over the middle, but Brooks times it perfectly and runs to the end zone untouched. 49ers 14, Saints 14.

Third quarter

49ERS: Frank Gore 6 pass from Kaepernick at 12:17 (Akers kick). DRIVE: 6-80-2:43. KEY PLAYS: Kaepernick 45-yard pass to Delanie Walker on third-and-2 to Saints’ 27. Kendall Hunter 21-yard run to Saints’ 6. 49ers 21, Saints 14.

49ERS: Donte Whitner 42 interception return at 11:30 (Akers kick). KEY PLAY: Brees intercepted on second-and-18 play on a pass intended for Colston. 49ers 28, Saints 14.

SAINTS: Jed Collins 2 pass from Brees at 7:19 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 7-80-4:11. KEY PLAYS: Lance Moore 43-yard catch to 49ers’ 10 despite pass interference on Tarell Brown. Defensive holding call against 49ers’ Chris Culliver gives Saints a first down at the 2. 49ers 28, Saints 21.

Fourth quarter

49ERS: Akers 27 field goal at 7:50. DRIVE: 16-85-9:28. KEY PLAYS: Kaepernick 5-yard pass to Michael Crabtree on third-and-2 at the 49ers’ 31. Walker 25-yard reception to Saints’ 40 on third-and-11. Kaepernick 9-yard pass to Bruce Miller on third-and-3 to the Saints’ 24. Gore 14-yard run to the 10. 49ers 31, Saints 21.

FINAL SCORE: 49ers 31, Saints 21.

RECORDS: Saints 5-6, 49ers 8-2-1.


Sheldon Mickles