Niners have come a long way from the Big Easy
The 49ers are not the same disjointed, overmatched team the Saints saw five months ago in the preseason opener for both teams in New Orleans. Far from it. That 49ers team was just getting to know each other and its coaches and still was learning plays and schemes. The Niners the Saints will meet Saturday in the NFC playoff semifinals have come a long way since that August trip to the Big Easy.