The 49ers play the Saints Sunday at the Superdome. In the meantime, I’ll break down five key matchups.
TE Jimmy Graham vs. LB Patrick Willis and SS Donte Whitner
This is the one matchup the 49ers will not win.
Jimmy Graham is too tall and too athletic. Drew Brees frequently throws the ball up and gives Graham chances to make great catches. He made a bunch of great catches against the Niners in the playoffs last season. He finished with 103 yards and 2 TDs.
It’s important for the 49ers to dominate the other key matchups, or else this matchup could determine the outcome of the game.