49ers sign 1st-round draft pick Trey Lance to 4-yr, $34.1 million deal →

49ers versus Saints: An immovable object versus an unstoppable force

Jan 11, 2012 at 1:53 PM2


What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Both objects are assumed to be indestructible. It is a paradox that has been asked for centuries. On Saturday, January 14, we may finally have an answer.

The New Orleans Saints, a team with one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, will travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers, a team with one of the most fierce defenses in the NFL.

It is said that if you score at least 24 points in a game, you put yourself in a good position to win that game. It is also said that if your defense allows less than 17 points in a game, you also put yourself in a good position to win that game. The San Francisco 49ers have been accomplishing both these goals this season. While their overall offense ranks only 26th in the league, they rank 11th in scoring averaging about 24 points per game. This has helped them to a 13-3 record.

New Orleans Saints Offensive Season Statistics

Points Per Game: 34.2 (2nd)
Yards Per Game: 467.1 (1st)
Passing Yards Per Game: 334.2 (1st)
Rushing Yards Per Game: 132.9 (6th)

New Orleans Saints Defensive Season Statistics

Points Per Game: 21.2 (13th)
Yards Per Game: 368.4 (24th)
Passing Yards Per Game: 259.8 (30th)
Rushing Yards Per Game: 108.6 (12th)

San Francisco 49ers Offensive Season Statistics

Points Per Game: 23.8 (11th)
Yards Per Game: 310.9 (26th)
Passing Yards Per Game: 183.1 (29th)
Rushing Yards Per Game: 127.8 (8th)

San Francisco 49ers Defensive Season Statistics

Points Per Game: 14.3 (2nd)
Yards Per Game: 308.2 (4th)
Passing Yards Per Game: 230.9 (16th)
Rushing Yards Per Game: 77.2 (1st)

Many are wondering if the 49ers can compete in a shootout. However, if they play 49ers football on Saturday, they should not have to. Their goal is not to win a shootout. They are not relying on just their offense to keep them in this game. The 49ers are banking on their defense stopping Drew Brees and the Saints potent offense. If they can put strong pressure on Brees, a tactic that worked well for the St. Louis Rams in their regular season upset over New Orleans, then they won't need win a shootout. So we come back to the question, "Can our immovable object beat an unstoppable force?"

The 49ers have scored 24 or more points in 8 games this season and are 7-1 in those games. The saints have scored 24 or more points in 12 games this season and are 11-1 in those games. Those stats look uglier if this game becomes a shootout, something the 49ers may not be able to afford. The 49ers have scored more than 30 points in only 3 games, but are 3-0 on those games. However, the Saints have scored more than 30 points in 10 games and are 9-1 in those games.

The bye week should have been beneficial to linebacker Patrick Willis and running back Frank Gore, giving both players some much needed rest. Willis is the leader of the 49ers defense and the team will need Gore to take advantage of the Saints defense, which has been struggling against the power run.

Kickoff will be at 1:30 PM Pacific at Candlestick Park. For those that cannot attend, the game will be televised on FOX.

On a personal note, I will be in attendance on Saturday. I have been trying to attend at least two games a year since my father first took me in the mid 90's; however, this will be my wife and my first time at an NFL playoff game. We were there at last season's heart breaking home opener when the 49ers fell just short to the Saints. I can't wait to witness the atmosphere of a 49ers playoff game and be part of the team's resurgence. Go Niners!
The views within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


2 Comments

  • Mohammad R
    Last home game I went to was the 03 Wild Card game vs the Giants. Since then I moved to the east coast...went to the Washington game this year the win was nice but drama was lacking. Enjoy this...playoff games have a different atmosphere yell your asses off!!!
    Jan 12, 2012 at 6:11 AM
    0
  • Jose Rivera
    I am making the drive from southern Cali for my first playoff game as well. I have been going to one game each season for the last 10 years.
    Jan 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM
    0
    Response: Be sure to stop by the Webzone tailgate! See you there!

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



2019 49ers vs. 2021 49ers, Part 1 (Offense)

By Marc Adams
Jul 23, 2021

How well do the 2021 49ers stack up to the 2019 team? Lately I have listened to some podcasts and read some tweets comparing the current San Francisco 49ers team (2021) to the 2019 team that fell just short of winning the Super Bowl. I find the comparison interesting. And since many people quickly assume the 2021 49ers are not as good as the 2019 team, I wanted to take a look for myself. So as we prepare for the team to report on Tuesday, let's compare the two teams, position by position. For the purpose of this very scientific experiment, we will assume everyone is healthy (even though that never happens). Let's start on offense. The defensive comparison is coming soon. Offense Quarterback:



2019 49ers vs. 2021 49ers, Part 2 (Defense)

By Marc Adams
Jul 24, 2021

How well do the 2021 49ers stack up to the 2019 team? Yesterday we took a look at the 2021 San Francisco 49ers offense to see how they compare with the team's offense from 2019. Some have said this year's team will be better than the 2019 team, while others have suggested that won't be the case. In our very scientific investigation, we determined the 2021 offense will be better than the 2019 offense. Today, we will take a look at the defenses. Interior Defensive Line Leading up to the 2020 draft, the 49ers traded away DeForest Buckner. They selected



Ex-49ers CB Richard Sherman also being investigated in connection to a hit and run, per Schefter

By David Bonilla
Jul 14, 2021

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested and booked on a charge of "burglary domestic violence." ESPN later reported that a person called 911 around 2 a.m. PT and said that an adult male family member who did not live at the residence — allegedly Sherman — was attempting to force his way into the home. The intruder reportedly fought with police upon their arrival but was eventually apprehended and later booked into the Seattle Correctional Facility. Sherman's wife, Ashley, told the Seattle Times that both she and the couple's kids are fine and that no one was harmed during the



Ex-49ers WR Jordan Matthews working out with George Kittle as he converts to TE

By David Bonilla
Jul 14, 2021

After playing in the NFL as a wide receiver since 2014, Jordan Matthews is working on converting to a tight end. He had two stints with the San Francisco 49ers from 2019-20. Matthews will participate in the free-agent tryouts put on by HUB Football in San Diego on Sunday. The workout will take place in front of NFL, CFL, USFL, and USA Rugby scouts. ESPN's Turron Davenport reported last month that, at the time, Matthews had added 30 pounds during the transition to tight end. HUB listed Matthews at 235 on its roster of attendees. NFL Network's Ian Rapport reports that Matthews has actually added over 15 pounds and was among the many attendees at Tight End


Featured

More by David Bonilla

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone