49ers edge Saints in overtime, Cardinals lose quarterback

Sun Nov 9, 2014 8:26pm EST
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(Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers prevailed in an overtime thriller with New Orleans after Saints quarterback Drew Brees fumbled and the league-leading Arizona Cardinals won again but suffered a costly blow in defeating the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer went down with a knee injury after being sacked in the fourth quarter of their 31-14 win and was carried off the field.

Backup Drew Stanton promptly came through with a go-ahead,48-yard touchdown pass to John Brown and the Cardinals (8-1) added an interception return for a TD and scored on a fumble recovery that kept them as the surprise team of the season.

San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks blindsided Saints quarterback Brees to force a fumble and allow the 49ers to escape New Orleans with a wild 27-24 victory.

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 pass 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.


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