1:00 PM ET, October 20, 2002
The 49ers' offense hasn't been able to put teams away, either via the passing game or running game. Plus, the turnovers today really hurt them. Also, I don't believe QB Jeff Garcia is playing at the same level he was at last year. Improvement will come if they're able to find a better offensive rhythm for the entire game.
Question on the Saints: Can they get home-field advantage for the playoffs with such an inconsistent defense?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Aaron Brooks is pressured by linebacker Saleem Rasheed during Sunday's game.
The 49ers entered the game first in the NFL in yards per rush (5.4), and third down conversion percentage (48.3). Against the Saints they averaged 5.7 yards on 25 rushes, and converted nine of 12 third downs. ... The Saints have sold out 17 straight games. ... Injuries -- Saints: LB J.R. Johnson, hamstring, DT Norman Hand, hamstring. 49ers: LB Saleem Rasheed, strained right quad, RB Garrison Hearst, hamstring.