By the Numbers: 49ers 36, Saints 32

By the Numbers: 49ers 36, Saints 32
January 15, 2012, 2:57 am
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The 49ers topped the Saints, 36-32, in San Francisco on Saturday night in a thriller. Here's some extra statistical analysis to break down the game:

The 49ers and Saints combined for 503 yards of offense in the first 49 12 minutes of the game and 376 yards in the final 10 12 minutes. The 49ers had more yards in the last 10 12 minutes (215) than the first 49 12 minutes (192).

Fourth-quarter numbers for the two quarterbacks: Brees: 10 for 16, 178 yard, no interceptions, two touchdowns (140.1 passer rating); Smith 9 for 13, 137 yards, no interceptions, one TD pass, one TD run (129.3 rating).

Vernon Davis's 180 yards is the most ever by a tight end in a playoff game. The previous record was 166, set by the Chargers Kellen Winslow vs. the Dolphins in 1981.

Davis caught three passes for 98 yards in the games final 194 seconds.

This was only the second playoff game in NFL history in which both teams scored 16 or more fourth-quarter points. The other was the Patriots win over the Panthers in the 2003 Super Bowl.

Only four times in NFL history has a quarterback thrown for 450 yards in the playoffs. Drew Brees has done it twice in eight days.

Alex Smiths 28-yard touchdown run was longest in the playoffs by a quarterback since Kordell Stewart 33-yarder vs. the Broncos in 1997.

Darren Sproles' 44-yard TD was longest in playoffs by a RB since Sproles' 62-yarder from Philip Rivers for the Chargers in 2008 vs. Steelers. Sproles also had a 56-yard TD catch from Rivers against the Colts in 2007. Sproles is single-handedly responsible for three of the last four touchdown catches of 40 yards or more in the postseason by a running back. The other one was Brian Westbrooks 71-yarder against the Vikings in 2008.

Sproles three career postseason touchdown catches of 40 yards or more are most ever by a running back and fourth-most in NFL history by any player, behind only John Stallworth (five), Randy Moss (four) and Jerry Rice (four).

Sproles 15 catches broke the NFL postseason record of 13, shared by four players (Kellen Winslow, Thurman Thomas, Shannon Sharpe and Chad Morton). Overall, Sproles 15 catches tied the 10th-most receptions in a game in NFL history and tied the most ever by a running back.

Drew Brees 928 passing yards in the playoffs this year are eighth-most ever in a single postseason and he did it in just two games. The previous high by a quarterback playing just two games was 748 yards by Bernie Kosar in 1986.

Click here for a wrap up of Saturday's divisional playoff games.

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