One hit in Sunday's Saints win over the 49ers could change the fortune of two NFC playoff contenders -- and some folks aren't very happy about that. Namely, Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks, whose hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees proved to be the turning point. Brooks said his play, which forced a Brees fumble the 49ers recovered, was a bearhug and not a helmet-to-helmet hit. But the referees saw Brooks' arm ride up to Brees' neck as he finished the hit and called roughing the passer. The loss could cost San Francisco in the playoff race, as the 49ers dropped into a tie with the Cardinals in the NFC West.

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Ahmad Brooks' fourth-quarter tackle of Drew Brees led to the Saints' game-tying field goal.


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