49ers victory over Saints wins 2012 ESPY for Game of the Year

Jul 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM--


It was a game that will live on for years in the minds of San Francisco 49ers fans. For sports fans everywhere, it was considered the best game of the year. The 49ers Divisional Playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints won the 2012 ESPY for Game of the Year on Wednesday.

The matchup scored a 96 on NFL.com's fan rating, which rates how memorable the game was. It was the highest such rating of any game from the 2011 season.

The 49ers beat the Saints 36-32 with quarterback Alex Smith completing a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left. This was after Saints quarterback Drew Brees had helped put the Saints ahead.

It was the 49ers' first playoff game in nine years. This game was an instant classic and will be remembered with the some of the greatest San Francisco 49ers games of all-time.

The game was not without controversy as later on, leaked audio revealed that Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams had given a speech to his team urging them to target specific San Francisco 49ers players. The Saints would later be heavily fined for placing multiple bounties on players in NFL games.





More San Francisco 49ers News



Frelund's simulations project 10 wins, NFC West crown for 49ers, at least 6 TDs for George Kittle

By David Bonilla
Sep 6

It's worth noting that NFL Network analyst Cynthia Frelund actually projects 10.1 wins for the San Francisco 49ers, but I didn't need a bunch of social media posts asking what 0.1 of a win is without bothering to read this. Frelund ran her most simulations to date, a whopping 300,000 that included every regular-season game. That's a total of 81.6 million simulated games. She then took her data and vetted it with several experts to determine the projected win total for each team in 2021 based on those simulations. The San Francisco 49ers ended up with the third-most projected win average in the NFC, with only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12.5) and



Recap: 49ers build big lead before holding off late surge in 41-33 Week 1 win over Lions

By Kirk Larrabee
Sep 12

The San Francisco 49ers started their 2021 season on Sunday with a win that was equal parts convincing and frightening, holding the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit by the score of 41-33. The 49ers built a 41-17 fourth quarter lead before the Lions added two late scores, due in part to them recovering an onsides kick with under two minutes to play. The Lions



Key stats from the 49ers' 41-33 Week 1 win over the Lions

By Site Staff
Sep 12

At one point, the San Francisco 49ers looked to be on its way to a dominating victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 1. However, a late surge by the home team at Ford Field made the game closer than anticipated. The Niners did manage to escape with the 41-33 win, though. Below are several statistics and notes from Sunday's game, which were provided by the 49ers Communications staff. With The Win… The 49ers improved to 39-28-1 overall against the Lions, including a 15-18 record on the road. San Francisco has now won 18 of the last 21 regular season matchups and 11 of the last 12 overall. Head coach Kyle Shanahan is now 2-0 against the Lions as a head



49ers RB Elijah Mitchell nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week after win over Lions

By David Bonilla
Sep 14

San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell has been nominated for his first Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Week Award. The nomination comes after the Niners' 41-33 Week 1 road win over the Detroit Lions. Mitchell finished the game with 104 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, entering the lineup after Raheem Mostert exited with a knee injury. The other award nominees are quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Mac Jones of the New England Patriots, wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals and DeVonta Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles, and cornerback Paulson Adebo of the New Orleans


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone