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Reading the keys: 49ers/Saints

How the 49ers fared in nine keys to the game identified before their 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at the Superdome, an outcome that extended San Francisco's lead in the NFC West to 2½ games and maintained the Niners' current No. 2 seeding in the NFC playoff pecking order.

Never allow Drew Brees to get in a steady rhythm YES: The Niners did a great job of disrupting Brees throughout the afternoon, never allowing him an opportunity to get comfortable in the pocket, particularly on key third-down plays, on which the Saints converted only three of 10 times during the game. New Orleans' passing game has been its one constant throughout the season, with Brees' 2... Recommended Stories

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