49ers salute ‘The Catch’

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49ers salute ‘The Catch’

Smith to Davis channels history in San Francisco win
Justin Smith and the 49ers triumphed in their first playoff game in nine years, moving within one win of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since capturing the proud franchise’s fifth championship after the 1994 season.
Martez Wilson forced a fumble and a turnover from 49ers quarterback Alex Smith on this play, but it was San Francisco’s defense that proved a good D beats a good O.
49ers defensive end Justin Smith keeps his eyes on his prize, Saints all-star Drew Brees. New Orleans’ quarterback threw for 462 yards but was sacked three times and threw two interceptions – his first in the postseason in five years.

49ers salute ‘The Catch’

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Justin Smith and the 49ers triumphed in their first playoff game in nine years, moving within one win of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since capturing the proud franchise’s fifth championship after the 1994 season.
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Martez Wilson forced a fumble and a turnover from 49ers quarterback Alex Smith on this play, but it was San Francisco’s defense that proved a good D beats a good O.
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49ers defensive end Justin Smith keeps his eyes on his prize, Saints all-star Drew Brees. New Orleans’ quarterback threw for 462 yards but was sacked three times and threw two interceptions – his first in the postseason in five years.
Playoffs

Wild-Card Playoffs
Saturday, Jan. 7
Houston 31, Cincinnati 10
New Orleans 45, Detroit 28
Sunday, Jan. 8
N.Y. Giants 24, Atlanta 2
Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23, OT

Divisional Playoffs
Saturday, Jan. 14
San Francisco 36, New Orleans 32
New England 45, Denver 10
Sunday, Jan. 15
Houston at Baltimore, 11 a.m. (KREZ)
N.Y. Giants at Green Bay, 2:30 p.m. (KASA)

Conference Championships
Sunday, Jan. 22
AFC: New England vs. Houston-Baltimore winner, 1 p.m. (KREZ)
NFC: San Francisco vs. N.Y. Giants-Green Bay winner, 4:30 p.m. (KASA)

Pro Bowl
Sunday, Jan. 29
Honolulu
NFC vs. AFC, 5 p.m.

Super Bowl
Sunday, Feb. 5
Indianapolis
NFC vs. AFC, 4:20 p.m.
49ers 36, Saints 32
New Orleans 0 14 0 18—32
San Francisco 14 3 3 16—36
First Quarter
SF—V.Davis 49 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), 2:08.
SF—Crabtree 4 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), :41.
Second Quarter
SF—FG Akers 25, 14:12.
NO—Graham 14 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 9:32.
NO—Colston 25 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 4:09.
Third Quarter
SF—FG Akers 41, 10:36.
Fourth Quarter
NO—FG Kasay 48, 13:08.
SF—FG Akers 37, 7:36.
NO—Sproles 44 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 4:02.
SF—Ale.Smith 28 run (run failed), 2:11.
NO—Graham 66 pass from Brees (Sproles pass from Brees), 1:37.
SF—V.Davis 14 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), :09.
A—69,732.
NO SF
First downs 26 17
Total Net Yards 472 407
Rushes-yards 14-37 22-143
Passing 435 264
Punt Returns 3-29 3-29
Kickoff Returns 5-59 2-45
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-41
Comp-Att-Int 40-63-2 24-42-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-27 4-35
Punts 5-45.4 8-49.5
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 3-1
Penalties-Yards 0-0 3-33
Time of Possession 31:20 28:40
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—New Orleans, Ivory 9-23, P.Thomas 1-6, Brees 1-5, Sproles 3-3. San Francisco, Gore 13-89, Ale.Smith 1-28, Hunter 6-23, Ginn Jr. 1-3, Dixon 1-0.
PASSING—New Orleans, Brees 40-63-2-462. San Francisco, Ale.Smith 24-42-0-299.
RECEIVING—New Orleans, Sproles 15-119, Colston 9-136, Graham 5-103, Henderson 4-49, Meachem 3-18, Arrington 1-14, Higgins 1-10, Collins 1-8, P.Thomas 1-5. San Francisco, V.Davis 7-180, Gore 7-38, Crabtree 4-25, K.Williams 2-12, Miller 1-16, Hunter 1-13, Ginn Jr. 1-11, Peelle 1-4.

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