The numbers that mattered: 49ers/Saints

The numbers that mattered the most and helped tell the story of the 49ers' stunning 36-32 comeback victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday in the NFC playoff semifinals at Candlestick Park.


0: Road victories in the playoffs for the Saints, who dropped to 0-5 in postseason games away from home.

2: Lead-changing touchdowns by 49ers in the final 2:11 of play, the first time in NFL history a team has scored two lead-changing TDs in the final three minutes of a postseason game.

2.6: Average yards rushing by the Saints on their 14 rushing attempts.

3: Takeaways by the 49ers in the first quarter, tying a franchise record for most takeaways in one quarter in a playoff game.

3: Field goals made by kicker David Akers, moving him into second place in NFL history with 34 field goals in the playoffs, second only to Adam Vinatieri's 45.

4: Lead-changing touchdowns by both the 49ers and Saints in the final 4:02 of play.

5: Total takeaways by the 49ers, tying a franchise record for most in a postseason game.

5: Head coaches in franchise history who have won their first postseason game with the team, with Jim Harbaugh joining a list that includes Dick Nolan (1970), Bill Walsh (1981), George Seifert (1989) and Steve Mariucci (1997).

6: Number of offensive plays gaining 20 or more yards by the 49ers.

9: Combined quarterback hits by Justin Smith (5) and Aldon Smith (4), who each had one of San Francisco's three sacks.

11: Game-high tackle totals for linebacker NaVorro Bowman and safety Dashon Goldson.

11: Passes defended by the 49ers, including three by cornerback Carlos Rogers.

13: Number of times the 49ers have advanced to the NFC Championship Game, with this their first trip since 1997.

15: Receptions by New Orleans running back Darren Sproles.

17: Points scored by the 49ers on their first 16 offensive plays.

19-1: San Francisco's playoff record when winning the takeaway/turnover battle. The 49ers had a plus-4 turnover differential against the Saints.

20: Playoff victories for the 49ers, with this their first in nine seasons.

26: First downs by the Saints, the second-most allowed by the 49ers in a postseason game.

28: Yards gained by Alex Smith on his lone rushing attempt of the game, the longest rushing play of Smith's seven-year career.

34: Combined points by 49ers and Saints in the fourth quarter, the first time in NFL playoff history each team had scored at least 16 points in the fourth quarter.

36.0: Third-down conversion percentage for the Saints, who led the NFL in third-down efficiency this season with a franchise-record 56.7 percent.

37: Total yards rushing by the Saints, the second-fewest allowed by the 49ers in a game this season and the third-fewest allowed by San Francisco in a postseason game.

40: Completed passes thrown by New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, the most ever by a 49ers opponent in a postseason game.

41: Return yards by free safety Dashon Goldson on his first-quarter interception, which he took back to the New Orleans' 4-yard line to set up San Francisco's second touchdown.

46: San Francisco victories against New Orleans since the Saints entered the NFL in 1967. This was the first-ever playoff meeting between the teams.

49: Yards gained on a touchdown reception by tight end Vernon Davis to put the 49ers ahead 7-0 in the first quarter, Davis' longest reception of the season. He later had a 47-yard reception to set up his game-winning touchdown catch on San Francisco's final drive.

63: Passing attempts by Drew Brees, the most ever by a 49ers opponent in a postseason game.

65: Interceptions by the 49ers in the franchise's 43 playoff games, the second-most in NFL playoff history. The Niners had two interceptions Saturday to move past the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, who each have 64 playoff interceptions.

68: Total points scored by the 49ers and Saints, the second-most combined points ever in a playoff game involving the Niners.

80: Total offensive plays by the Saints, the second-most by any 49ers opponent in a postseason game.

98: Yards receiving by Vernon Davis on San Francisco's final two offensive possessions.

103.2: Game passer rating for Alex Smith.

127: Total yards gained from scrimmage by running back Frank Gore (89 rushing, 38 receiving).

149: Yards gained by Drew Brees on his four touchdown passes.

165: Total offensive yards produced by the 49ers in the game's final four minutes.

180: Total yards receiving by Vernon Davis, the most in NFL history by a tight end in a playoff game.

226: Postseason passes thrown by Drew Brees without an interception, a NFL record streak that came to an end when he was picked off by Goldson in the first quarter.

299: Total passing yards by Alex Smith, his highest total in a game since October of 2010.

358: Combined receiving yardage of Marques Colston (136), Darren Sproles (119) and Jimmy Graham (103).

462: Net passing yards by Drew Brees, the most ever allowed by the 49ers in a postseason game.

472: Total yards gained by the Saints, the most ever allowed by the 49ers in a postseason game.

879: Combined net yards gained by the 49ers and Saints, the second-most in a playoff game involving the Niners.


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