San Francisco 49ers will play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in a huge Week 11 clash in the NFL. This game could have massive implications across the NFC and neither team can afford to lose this one as they make their push for their respective division titles and the playoffs. The game will start at 4.25 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The 49ers are second in the NFC West division with a record of 6-3. They are falling back from the Seattle Seahawks, and if they are to have any chances of overcoming them and claiming the division title they cannot afford to lose many more this season.
San Francisco are also looking over their shoulders, as the Arizona Cardinals continue to surprise people. The Cardinals are 5-4, and are likely to move to 6-4 after playing the Jacksonville Jaguars today.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints currently sit at the top of the NFC South with a record of 7-2. However, they have little room for complacency, and they are being tracked closely by the Carolina Panthers, who are in second with a record of 6-3.
The Saints will know how important gaining a win today is. They suffered a shock 20-26 loss to the New York Jets in Week 9, but bounced back in style last weekend by demolishing the Dallas Cowboys 49-17. They will want to follow up that big win with another here today if possible.
The Saints are one of the most exciting teams in the NFL this season, and rank second (only to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos) in total points scored per game (29.4 points), total yards gained per game (422.7 yards), and total yards on pass per game (324.9 yards).
The 49ers will have to find a way to deal with Drew Brees today if they are to stop the Saints' juggernaut. He is 247 of 363 for 3,064 yards and a hugely impressive 25 touchdowns.
San Francisco have the 6th best defense in the NFL this season to date, and they will need to be right at the top of their game to shut down the New Orleans' offense sufficiently to give their own offense a chance at claiming enough points to win this game.
The 49ers contrast in a big way against the Saints. Where as the Saints boast one of the top passing offenses, the San Francisco pass is ranked a shocking 32nd – bottom of the entire league! The 49ers have made their progress by controlling the ball and tempo of the game through their rush, and they currently rank 4th in rush in the league, posting 147.7 yards per game.
The 49ers will certainly have to be more impressive than their showing last weekend, when they went down 9-10 to the Carolina Panthers. That low scoring game will have been hugely frustrating for everyone associated with the San Francisco 49ers, and they will want an immediate response by bouncing back today with a win against the high flying Saints.
The 49ers against the Saints will start at 4.25 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network, or online through free live stream by clicking here.