1:00 PM ET, January 6, 2002
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Maybe frigid Lambeau Field can cool off Jeff Garcia.Garcia warmed up for his playoff visit to Green Bay by throwing four touchdown passes for the second time this season against New Orleans, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 38-0 victory over the Saints on Sunday. "It got to a point where we basically were able to do what we wanted," Garcia said.
Based on the last two games, the Saints have a lot of work to do.
They seemed to be missing the chemistry they had last season. Aaron Brooks wasn't as consistent at quarterback, and the defense wasn't as dominant. The secondary needs to get better. All this needs to improve next season for the Saints to be back in the playoff picture.
But the biggest thing is the chemistry. Their wasn't the same closeness in New Orleans this season. And they weren't playing with the same passion and aggressiveness. By next season, the Saints need to find what was missing.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Garcia became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw 30 or more TD passes in consecutive years. ... Saints WR Willie Jackson had 61 yards receiving to reach 1,000 yards for the first time. Horn and Jackson became the first Saints teammates with 1,000 receiving yards in the same season ... Saints T Kyle Turley got the biggest cheer of the game. He tossed his helmet to a group of fans as he left the field. Injuries: 49ers -- DE John Engelberger, sprained right ankle. Saints -- WR Joe Horn, sprained left knee.