The 49ers play the Saints Sunday at the Superdome. In the meantime, I’ll break down five key matchups.
SS Roman Harper vs. TE Vernon Davis
The Saints absolutely cannot leave Harper one-on-one with Davis in this game. Steve Spagnuolo must devote two defenders to Davis.
In the playoffs last season, Gregg Williams thought Alex Smith wouldn’t make the Saints pay for single covering Davis. Davis beat Harper for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Kaepernick has shown he’ll throw the ball to Davis even when he’s double covered. There might be nothing the Saints can do to contain the 49ers stud tight end.