Tuesday, September 21, 2010
A cool Brees ruins Gore's historic day
The stage was set for something special to happen in San Francisco. It was the 33rd Monday Night Football game at Candlestick Park (three more than any other stadium) and at halftime the 49ers retired Jerry Rice’s No. 80 jersey in front of San Fran legends including Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young and Dwight Clark.
The game saw 49ers RB Frank Gore etch his name in team history, but in the end, Drew Brees helped the defending Super Bowl champs reach 2-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries and hauled in seven receptions for 56 yards. He scored a rushing and receiving touchdown, but it was his ground attack that put his name in the record books.
In the loss, Frank Gore went over 100 yards for the 21st time, breaking Joe Perry's franchise record - a record that stood since 1963.
How was he able to set the record?
Gore gained an average of 5.6 yards per rush behind San Francisco’s young offensive line. Each of the five 49ers offensive linemen who played Monday were first or second-round draft picks, including rookie right tackle Anthony Davis. Davis paved the way for Gore’s 47 yards on six rushes to the right side (7.8 yards per rush). Four of those six rushes were for first downs. Up the middle Gore wasn’t bad either as he averaged over four yards per rush.
Gore did his part to keep the 49ers in the game, but with a tied ballgame, 1:19 left on the clock and two timeouts, Drew Brees had too many instruments and orchestrated his 19th career game-winning drive capped off by Garrett Hartley’s third field goal of the game as time expired. It's the first time the Saints won a game with no time left on the clock since they beat the Eagles on a John Carney 31-yard field goal on October 15, 2006.
• Brees: joins Brett Favre, Kurt Warner and Pat Haden as the fourth QB since 1970 to win each of his first five starts against the 49ers.
• Brees: 204th and 205th career pass TD (passes Jim Everett for 28th all-time).
• Brees: 38th game with at least two TD passes since 2006 (tied with Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers for most multi-TD games in that time).
The 49ers saw their four-game home win streak snapped as they start 0-2 for the first time since 2004 (started 0-4). The Saints are now 6-0 against the 49ers since the divisions were realigned in 2002 and the Saints left the NFC West. It's the seventh 2-0 start in Saints history, and the third since the arrival of Drew Brees in 2006.