New Orleans Saints

Alex Smith & Vernon Davis Push 49ers To NFC Title Game

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If I told you that their would be 68 total points scored between the 49ers and Saints, surely one would have suggested that New Orleans would be the team heading to the NFC Championship next Sunday.

Well, not exactly.

A back and forth, up and down, Great American Scream Machine-style, second-half of football saw the 49ers move onto the NFC title game next Sunday after beating New Orleans 36-32 in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

49ers tight end Vernon Davis caught two touchdown passes from Alex Smith, including the game-winner, a 14-yard scoring strike from the maligned Alex Smith. Also, Davis set an NFL playoff record with 180 yards receiving, which is the most ever by a tight end.

New Orleans fell behind 17-0 before finally waking up. However, Saint sloppiness finally caught up with them. They committed five turnovers while the Niners only turned it over once.

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Typically, losing the turnover battle by a substantial margin in the postseason is a sure recipe for disaster. Behind Drew Brees’s 462 yards passing (his second straight playoff game with over 460 yards passing), the Saints clawed back into it though but the Smith and Davis combo proved to be too much.

The 49er victory marked the continuation of a remarkable journey for Davis, who was once the motivation of Mike Singletary’s biggest moment as an NFL head coach after he kicked his star tight end off the field during a game.

Today, Davis was a part of one of the biggest moments in 49ers’ postseason history.

San Francisco will play New York or Green Bay for the NFC Championship next Sunday evening at 6:30.

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