Saints 27, 49ers 13: Special teams mistakes, Mullens' miscues doom upset bid
Saints 27, 49ers 13: Special teams mistakes, Mullens' miscues doom upset bid

NEW ORLEANS — A 10-0 lead out the gate had the 49ers angling for a Superdome upset. They even had a live audience to fuel them for the first time this season.Add in Drew Brees’ unexpected exit at halftime, because of a rib injury, and the 49ers should have been living it up in the Big Easy.Instead, the 49ers muffed two punts, quarterback Nick Mullens struggled to revive the offense, and a short-handed team sustained its third straight loss, this time in 27-13 fashion to the NFC-leading Saints.This was, in the end, the expected path the 49ers (4-6) were to take into their bye.“I thought we had …

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