Brees, Saints cruise over 49ers 31-17

Drew Brees threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints routed the 49ers, 31-17 in New Orleans on Sunday.

Drew BreesIt was over when …
Saints cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted J.T. O’Sullivan in the end zone with just under 10 minutes remaining and New Orleans leading 28-9.
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Running back Deuce McAllister had only two rushing attempts on the season but was more involved in the offense in Week 4, scoring his first touchdown of the year. McAllister finished with 83 total yards.
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O’Sullivan had two interceptions and lost a fumble, partly because of pressure caused by defensive end Charles Grant, who recorded two sacks and was a menace in the backfield. O’Sullivan was also sacked six times, and has now been taken down by opponents 19 times this season.
Noteworthy
Saints receiver Lance Moore matched his 2007 touchdown total with a pair of scores. … 49ers running back Frank Gore was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. … Saints quarterback Drew Brees had his second three-touchdown game of the season. He had three touchdown passes against the Buccaneers in Week 1.

Apparently the Saints weren’t as bad as they played the past two weeks and the 49ers weren’t as good. When Lance Moore racks up seven catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns, you know you have issues in the secondary. Brees did whatever he wanted to San Fran’s secondary, which had played well against top wide outs Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams last week.

The Saints also did a nice job against J.T. O’Sullivan and the 49ers’ offense, which had played well the past two weeks. They gave up a fair amount of yardage threw the air, but a lot of that came after they had built a 28-9 second half lead, too. The Saints are now 2-2, but trail the Panthers (3-1) and Bucs (3-1) in the NFC South.

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