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Saints Tied With 49ers, 14-14, at Halftime

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 11/25/2012 – 10:57 pm

QB Drew Brees has thrown for two touchdowns in the first half as the Saints are tied with the San Francisco 49ers, 14-14, at halftime.

Both defenses started strong as neither team was able to pick up a first down until mid-way through the first quarter.

The 49ers were able to move into scoring position following two completions to WR Mario Manningham from QB Colin Kaepernick for 53 yards. Kaepernick then faked a handoff before taking the ball seven yards into the endzone for a San Francisco touchdown. K David Akers added the extra point to give the 49ers a 7-0 advantage.

Brees and the Saints offense answered right back as Brees completed five consecutive passes on a 10 play, 79-yard drive scoring drive. Brees connected with WR Joe Morgan for a 33-yard gain on a play action pass and RB Mark Ingram carried four times to help move the Saints into scoring position. Brees then found TE David Thomas for a six-yard touchdown pass, extending his NFL-record steak of games with a touchdown pass to 54. K Garrett Hartley made the PAT to tie the game, 7-7, at the end of the first quarter.

After the New Orleans defense forced a 49ers punt to start the second quarter, the Saints were able capitalize on the first turnover of the game. After moving the ball past mid-field, the Saints were forced to punt following a penalty. WR Ted Ginn Jr. couldn’t hold on to the punt and fumbled the football. S Rafael Bush recovered the ball on the San Francisco 11-yard line to put the Saints offense in striking distance.

After a one-yard completion to RB Darren Sproles, Brees found WR Marques Colston in the endzone for a 10-yard touchdown. The reception gave Colston his 56th career touchdown and sole possession of first place on the club’s all-time list ahead of former RB Deuce McAllister (55). Hartley added the PAT to give the black and gold a 14-7 edge halfway through the second quarter.

At the end of the quarter inside the two-minute warning, Kaepernick was intercepted by CB Patrick Robinson. Two plays later, Brees was intercepted by LB Ahmad Brooks who returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown. The play tied the score, 14-14, at halftime.

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