SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ offense couldn’t overcome the 49ers’ defense during a 41-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon.
The offense played its best game of the season, despite committing four turnovers — two of which occurred in the red zone.
Running back DuJuan Harris gained 142 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown on a 47-yard catch-and-run down the sideline. Wide receiver Quinton Patton caught 6 passes for 106 yards — the best performance of his career. And Colin Kaepernick passed for 398 yards and posted a quarterback rating of 102.3.
In total, the offense gained 486 yards and averaged 8.5 yards per play. Great numbers.
But not nearly good enough to beat the Saints.
That’s because the Niners’ defense was horrendous. How horrendous, you ask? It gave up 571 yards, and allowed a running back (this week it was Mark Ingram) to gain at least 100 yards on the ground for the seventh-game in a row — an NFL record.
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