49ers squeeze by Saints in overtime after Brees fumble

Sun Nov 9, 2014 5:39pm EST
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(Reuters - San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks blindsided Saints quarterback Drew Brees to force a fumble and allow the 49ers to escape New Orleans with a wild 27-24 overtime victory on Sunday.

Brooks’ big play set up Phil Dawson’s winning 35-yard field goal and the 49ers (5-4) prevailed to keep pace in the NFC West despite squandering a 21-10 second-quarter lead.

Brees, who tossed three scores and two interceptions, put the Saints (4-5) ahead 24-21 with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter but San Francisco rallied to force overtime thanks to a 51-yard bomb from Colin Kaepernick on fourth down that sent up Dawson's 45-yard game tying field goal.

New Orleans had what would have been a game-winning 47-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Jimmy Graham wiped out with seconds to play in regulation when Graham was called for pass interference.


The freefalling New York Jets stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 to snap an eight-game losing streak behind a solid start from Michael Vick. Starting in place of Geno Smith, Vick threw two touchdowns and added 39 yards on the ground to become the firstquarterback in NFL history to reach 6,000 yards rushing.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had thrown six touchdowns in each of his last two games, was limited to one score and sacked twice as the Jets forced four turnovers.

In Detroit, Matthew Stafford fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick in the final minute to lift the Lions past Miami 20-16.   Continued...

Nov 9, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches an apparent touchdown catch, but was flagged for offensive pass interference on the last play of regulation against the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 49ers won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports