This is the AP recap of the MNF game against the Saints. We all saw it, so we know what happened. Now the AP recaps of games are what are usually used by ESPN, SI, etc. and seen as a relatively neutral account of what happened during the game and usually gives more insight into the box score. I've definitely relied upon them to catch up on games I've missed before.
As I read it, though, I have trouble believing it's the same game that I saw last night. Sure, as a Niners fan, my perspective is naturally biased, but let's go through it a little:
Drew Brees is getting plenty of extra chances thanks to his opportunistic defense.
Last season, the New Orleans Saints won their games with a high-flying offense. So far this year they're doing it on the other side of the ball. While Brees and Co. are finding their way early, the defense seems to be in midseason form.
Other than Smith's pass tipped by Dunbar, these were mostly cases of the 49ers players making mistakes on their own, as opposed to the Saints defense being "opportunistic" or forcing the Niners into making mistakes.
Also, that "defense... in midseason form" allowed Alex Smith to produce 303 yards of offense (275 in the air and 28 on the ground) and Frank Gore to run for 112 yards.
The inconsistent Saints offense looked far from top form but still found a way to beat the Niners for the sixth straight time.
This I don't understand. The Saints offense wasn't making mistakes or being "inconsistent". The 49ers defense kept them in check, largely limiting Brees, especially given some short-field situations, and held the Saints to 50 total yards on the ground for the entire game. But there's no mention AT ALL of the 49ers defense. Anyone who saw the game undoubtedly came away impressed at the 49ers defense, especially the defensive line and the linebackers, in pressuring Brees, stopping the run, and in keeping the 49ers in the game the whole time, in spite of the offense committing four turnovers.
49ers coach Mike Singletary said during the week, "We will stop Drew Brees." Not quite.
More of a cheap shot here. For most of the game, Drew Brees was kept in check.
I guess this really at the end of the day doesn't matter, but it's a little disconcerting for me, just because, as mentioned, I've previously relied upon these recaps before to catch up on games I've missed. I never thought they would be so inaccurate. Anyone who missed the game and just read this recap would walk away thinking that the Saints made mistakes, the 49ers tried to stay in the game, but the Saints defense won the game... and that impression would be, in my view, dead wrong.