On a day where the defense failed to stop much of anything, Jimmy Garoppolo turned in the best game of his career, leading the 49ers to a 48-46 win over the New Orleans Saints. Injuries marred an otherwise exciting game with Jaquiski Tartt’s absence being felt early and Weston Richburg going down later in the game. In place of Richburg, Ben Garland had a shaky start but managed to get his legs under him en route to a solid game where he was regularly seen getting to the second level to help clear the way for the 49ers players. The 49ers also lost Dee Ford after he re-aggravated his hamstring injury and K’Waun Williams went down with a concussion. Shanahan is expected to give updates on the injuries later on Monday.
This was a particularly emotional victory for the team as it occurred the day after the one year anniversary of the passing of Jed York’s brother, Tony, who took his own life on Dec. 7, 2018. “TY” decals were worn on helmets in honor of his memory and game balls were handed out to each member of the York family after the game.
“It was an emotional beginning of the week, and I tried to get that out,” Jed York said. “My brother liked to party and have fun and celebrate. So you had to celebrate... Tony was just cool. He’d be smiling, probably have a hurricane. That’s Tony.”
** If you or a loved one is struggling with depression and are having suicidal thoughts, please please please do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. I know this is a rather serious note to take after an exciting game, but this is an important issue. Suicide is never the answer.
On to those links...
George Kittle fulfills promise to Yorks with 49ers’ win over Saints (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports)
49ers improve to 11-2 with 48-46 road win over Saints (Nick Wagoner, ESPN)
49ers takeaways: What we learned in last-second 48-46 win over Saints (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports)
NFL stats and records, Week 14: 49ers-Saints sets new mark (Mackenzie Possee, NFL.com)
How 49ers’ offense remained calm on game-winning drive to beat Saints (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports)
12 Takeaways as 49ers March in and Defeat Saints, 48-46 (Keiana Martin, 49ers.com)
George Kittle’s maniacal fourth-down catch and run all but sealed 49ers’ enthralling win (Jacob Hutchinson, KNBR)
Jimmy Garoppolo Finally Lived Up to His Promise—and Saints-49ers Lived Up to the Hype (Danny Heifetz, The Ringer)
2019 NFL Playoff Picture: 49ers, Rams shake up NFC playoff race with wins over Saints, Seahawks (Will Brinson, CBS Sports)
Week 14 Takeaways: 49ers’ Offensive Masterpiece, NFL Officiating Just Offensive (Gary Gramling, Sports Illustrated)
Emmanuel Sanders on 49ers win vs. Saints: ‘That was a dogfight’ (Peter Panacy, 49ers Webzone)
49ers fans troll Saints with parade in New Orleans after Week 14 win (Dalton Johnson, NBC Sports)
LeBron James calls 49ers vs Saints ‘best game of the year’ (Kyle Madson, Niners Wire)
49ers-Saints—Two Top Teams Trading Blows—Should Not Be About the Officiating (Conor Orr, Sports Illustrated)