4:15 PM ET, November 11, 2001
Garrison Hearst's two long runs late in the fourth quarter helped the Niners kill the clock.
I don't think so. The Saints still have some winnable games in the division (Atlanta, Carolina). But they have to win their home games. Losing to the Jets last week at home was a major screw-up for New Orleans.
The Saints have to get tougher at home and not make mistakes, but take advantage of scoring opportunities (quarterback Aaron Brooks has had a tough time in the red zone this year). One upcoming home game that looms large: the Rams on Dec. 17. But from here on, they're all big games for the Saints.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
It was Hearst's first 100-yard rushing game since Dec. 20, 1998. ... In the second quarter, San Francisco rookie Kevan Barlow caught a short pass and rumbled up the right sideline, breaking five tackles before lunging over the goal line for a 61-yard score that put San Francisco up 21-11. ... Saints OT Willie Roaf returned after missing two games with a sprained knee. He played well, but was beaten by 49ers rookie defensive end Andre Carter for a sack in the second quarter.