San Francisco's shaky run defense had trouble stopping Deuce McAllister's power running and the Saints (2-2) stayed out of an early-season hole with a win over the 49ers (2-2).
New Orleans' all-time rusher is now playing on two reconstructed knees. It hardly looked that way when he bowled over tacklers for first downs, moved the pile or dived over it for his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter.
He carried 20 times for 73 yards and had a 10-yard reception to convert a third down. McAllister had only two carries during the opening three weeks.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 23 of 35 for 363 yards and three scores - two to Lance Moore and one to Robert Meachem.
San Francisco3338-17New Orleans021010-31 First Quarter
SF-FG Nedney 47, 7:22.
NO-Moore 5 pass from Brees (Gramatica kick), 9:31.
NO-Moore 33 pass from Brees (Gramatica kick), 3:00.
SF-FG Nedney 49, 1:44.
NO-Meachem 47 pass from Brees (Gramatica kick), :52.
SF-FG Nedney 38, 10:18.
NO-McAllister 1 run (Gramatica kick), 11:23.
SF-Bruce 5 pass from O'Sullivan (Gore pass from O'Sullivan), 4:08.
NO-FG Gramatica 31, :27.
SFNOFirst downs2024Total Net Yards312467Rushes-yards19-9132-104Passing221363Punt Returns0-00-0Kickoff Returns6-1704-104Interceptions Ret.1-02-38Comp-Att-Int18-36-223-35-1Sacked-Yards Lost6-360-0Punts3-41.03-30.7Fumbles-Lost1-11-1Penalties-Yards9-6313-123Time of Possession27:0532:55 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING-San Francisco, Gore 16-82, Foster 1-9, O'Sullivan 2-0. New Orleans, McAllister 20-73, Bush 10-31, Thomas 1-1, Brees 1-(minus 1).
PASSING-San Francisco, O'Sullivan 18-36-2-257. New Orleans, Brees 23-35-1-363.
RECEIVING-San Francisco, Battle 7-120, Bruce 5-54, Gore 2-31, Walker 1-21, Davis 1-19, Morgan 1-10, Foster 1-2. New Orleans, Moore 7-101, Bush 5-7, Miller 3-30, Meachem 2-99, Sobomehin 2-8, Henderson 1-81, Patten 1-21, McAllister 1-10, Campbell 1-6.