Saints Vs. 49ers, NFL Playoffs: The San Fransisco Defensive Line Is Good, You Guys

At the end of the Saints' second touchdown drive, Drew Brees was 20-25 passing. With eight minutes remaining in the third quarter, he is currently 25-37 passing. The San Fransisco 49ers defense has stepped up considerably since then, and the New Orleans Saints were forced to punt on their most recent drive after a monster third down sack by Justin Smith.

SI.com: Saints-49ers live boxscore

Incredibly, just before that sack, Sean Payton rushed onto the field to get a timeout. It now goes without saying that it was a timeout wasted. It appeared that the Saints were going to get something going on the drive when Brees connected with Marques Colston on a 31-yard pass to get down to the San Fransisco 43-yard line, but the drive was derailed from there.

For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area, and for the Saints check out Canal Street Chronicles. Here's a look at the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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