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49ers vs. Saints: Predict San Francisco's first offensive play, tackle, and touchdown

Prediction time for 49ers-Saints! What will the 49ers run as their first offensive play? What 49ers defender will secure the first tackle. How will the 49ers score their first touchdown? New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

Jed Jacobsohn

We're a day away from the 49ers Week 11 contest against the New Orleans Saints, and it's time for more game predictions. The predictions will include:

  1. the first offensive play the 49ers will run/attempt to execute,
  2. the first player on defense (not special teams) who will make a tackle, and
  3. how the team's first touchdown will be scored (if you think one will be scored).

Here are the results from last week (not a pretty week!):

1. First offensive play: Frank Gore up the middle for 1 yard

Winners: PDX49er, MNY49, piep15, west_coast_defense, Midwest_Niner22, El Shorts, Touchdown....LaMichael James!!!, HeilHitner, Shazi5

2. First defensive tackle: Patrick Willis on DeAngelo Williams rush

Winners: piep15

3. First 49ers touchdown: No touchdown

Winners: Nobody

For this year, you can find the ground rules below. The prize for correctly guessing a category is bragging rights.

Offensive Play Prediction Guidelines: Try to be as specific as you can on what you think the 49ers' first offensive play will be. Don't just say "pass play" or "run play". Instead, say "Kaepernick throws a slant route to Boldin for 7 yards" or "Frank Gore runs right side and picks up three yards." You can also predict incompletions, interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, and even a safety if you really think that will happen on the first offensive play!

Defensive Tackle Prediction Guidelines: Predicting the first defensive play is much more obscure, so this one is a simpler category -- project who you think will make the team's first tackle that does not come on special teams or a returned interception/fumble.

First Touchdown Against New Orleans: If you do not think the 49ers will score a touchdown, then say "no touchdowns" as your answer. Otherwise, predict how you think the 49ers' first offensive touchdown will be scored, along with the person(s) who will score. You can predict it to be on offense, defense, or special teams. If you predict a passing touchdown, name both the quarterback and the receiver.

Here is the template you can copy+paste for your comments:

First Offensive Play:
First Defensive Tackle:
First Touchdown:

Here are my predictions...

First Offensive Play: Frank Gore six yard run off left guard from offset I formation
First Defensive Tackle: Donte Whitner tackles Darren Sproles
First Touchdown: Frank Gore 3-yard touchdown run