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49ers use Kaepernick, defense to top Saints 31-21

Updated: November 26, 2012, 3:47 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Dashon Goldson turned Marques Colston upside down just as the receiver leaped for a pass over the middle.

As Colston landed on his head and lay motionless for several seconds, safety Donte Whitner snagged the deflected pass on New Orleans 42 and weaved his way past Drew Brees and Co., all the way to the end zone.

That was but one of the big plays turned in by a San Francisco defense that was as brutal as it was spectacular in a 31-21 victory Sunday that snapped New ...

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