What a devastating loss.
It was a close one. Now, your 49ers are 0-2. But they made the game really interesting at the end.
Alex Smith and the offense started slow in the first quarter before picking it up for the rest of the way. The Saints got on the board just after the third play of the game, after a high snap over the head of Alex Smith resulted in a safety. On their ensuing drive, the Saints took just four minutes to score a touchdown to possess an early 9-0 lead.
In the second and third quarter, Smith and the offense played some great ball and the play-calling was actually inspiring. Frank Gore was running well and the passing game was efficient. Alex Smith connected with Frank Gore on a 12 yard pass to cut the Saints lead to 9-7 by halftime.
The third quarter saw the Niners show how good they really could be. Anthony Dixon scored a two yard touchdown on his first NFL carry. The team however had some costly penalties which allowed the Saints to extend their drive and reclaim the lead, ending the quarter at 16-14.
The last quarter is where things got really interesting. It was back and forth affair as both teams traded possession of the ball until the excitement really started with about two and half minutes left. With about 2:17 left, the Saints kicked a 19 yard field goal to make the game 22-14. Now, with just 2:00 left, Alex Smith took great command of the offense and made some incredible plays to drive the 49ers down the field to score a TD and even hit it right on the 2-point conversion. But, the two minute drill was executed too fast as the Saints would show that 1:19 left is more than enough for them to march down the field and beat the 49ers with a 37 yard field goal as the clock expired.
(Expect a detailed analysis of the game later on.)