49ers rally to take 28-27 halftime lead over Saints

Charean Williams

If you love defense, don’t turn on the 49ers-Saints game. If you love offense, it’s the game for you.

The teams have combined for 55 points and 581 yards. Each team has punted only once.

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The 49ers lead the Saints 28-27 at halftime.

The Saints twice led by 13 points, missing on a 2-point conversion, but the 49ers rallied both times. San Francisco took its first lead with 42 seconds left in the half on a 10-yard run by Raheem Mostert, who scored earlier in the second quarter on a 35-yard pass by Emmanuel Sanders.

The difference is a failed two-point conversion by the Saints after their second touchdown.

Jimmy Garoppolo is 11-of-12 for 206 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to Sanders. Sanders has four catches for 132 yards.

Drew Brees is 16-of-19 for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

Saints tight end Jared Cook, who has scored two touchdowns, is out with a concussion. He took an illegal hit to the head from Ahkello Witherspoon on his second touchdown catch.

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