The 49ers defense shut out the Saints on Sunday. In doing so they became the first team since at least 1970 to not allow any second half points four games in a row.
In this week’s film review we’ll look at how they pulled this off.
First and Ten, Saints 40
DeMeco Ryans dials up a blitz for Talanoa Hufanga. Although Hufanga is unable to make the tackle in the backfield on Alvin Kamara, this ruins the timing of the play. Fred Warner comes across and knocks the ball out of Kamara’s arms with a “Peanut Punch” and Samson Ebukam comes away with the recovery.
Second and Three, 49ers 23
New Orleans tries to run off tackle to the left. Rookie defensive end Drake Jackson does a terrific job of getting on the heels of the offensive lineman and running down Taysom Hill for a loss of two.
Third and Five, 49ers 25
DeMeco Ryans dials up a six-man blitz. Fred Warner comes free right up the middle forcing Andy Dalton to get rid of the ball before he is ready.
Spencer Womack gets a good shot on the receiver at the line of scrimmage and has tight coverage as the ball falls incomplete.
A false start on fourth down forced New Orleans to try a field goal and Will Lutz pulled it wide left.
First and Goal, 49ers 6
New Orleans tries to run Alvin Kamara off tackle to the right side. Nick Bosa does a terrific job of setting the edge and Hassan Ridgeway gets down the line to make the stop for no gain.
Second and Goal, 49ers 6
San Francisco’s coverage forces Andy Dalton to throw the checkdown to Alvin Kamara. Dre Greenlaw gets to the running back and although he can’t bring Kamara down, Talanoa Hufanga comes up and gets his helmet on the ball to force a fumble.
As the ball bounces around Hassan Ridgeway knocks away a Saints player the Dre Greenlaw comes away with the recovery at the one.
First and Goal, Saints 4
Andy Dalton fakes the handoff to Alvin Kamara and looks to the middle of the field. Charles Omenihu gets pressure, forcing Dalton out to his right. He throws incomplete to Jarvis Landry who was covered well by Charvarius Ward.
Dalton had Kamara open for a walk-in touchdown had he looked his way. Dre Greenlaw had been knocked off the coverage by the inside route from the wide receiver.
Second and Goal, Saints 4
The 49ers bracket the inside receivers and Nick Bosa breaks through, pressuring Andy Dalton leading to an inaccurate checkdown throw to Mark Ingram.
Third and Goal, Saints 4
New Orleans runs a play the 49ers have seen from their own offense dozens of times.
Jimmie Ward and Deommodore Lenoir take away the in breaking routes on the outside. The tight coverage forces Dalton to try and hit Taysom Hill on the corner route, but Tashaun Gipson has tight coverage, and the ball falls incomplete.
Fourth and Goal, Saints 4
Nick Bosa blows around the left tackle and drops Andy Dalton for the sack. This sack gives Bosa 11.5 on the season.