I'm not interested in dwelling on our offense's woes, because at this point, it is what it is, but I would like to talk about how stellar our DEFENSE is because they gave us every opportunity to win today's game. The Saints came into this game averaging 35 ppg at home, so for our defense to hold them to 23 in a noisy Superdome was very impressive.
Even in other losses to Seattle, Indianapolis, and Carolina, our defense held up most if not the entire game. As far as individual performances, NaVorro Bowman has been an absolute beast, a consumate all-pro linebacker. He can stuff the run, pick off passes and harass the QB - not much more you can ask for in a stud ILB. And for a rookie, safety Eric Reid has played well. If he can stay healthy and continue to grow, he has a bright future. Also, guys like Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta have more than filled in for big names like Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis - very impressed with their play. And Tramaine Brock has been an interception machine this year - glad to see him win his starting job back.
The stats back up our defense's stout play too (6th in fewest yards allowed per game / 4th in fewest ppg allowed). If nothing else, our defense's play keeps us competitive and in the hunt for a wildcard berth.