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2020 New Orleans Saints opponent profile: San Francisco 49ers

The reigning NFC champions travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for game on Nov. 15

The New Orleans Saints host the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
Coach: Kyle Shanahan
Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo
2019 record: 13-3, first in NFC West
Most recent regular season matchup: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019: 49ers 48, Saints 46
2020 game: Sunday, Nov. 15 – Week 10 at 3:25 p.m. (CST) on Fox
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
49ers-Saints series record: 49ers lead 49-26-2

2019 season recap:

The 49ers started their 2019 campaign 8-0 for the first time since 1990 and finished the season 13-3, their best record since 2011. The 49ers finished first in the NFC West, securing the No. 1 seed throughout the NFC playoffs. San Fran won the divisional playoff round and the NFC championship game, earning the right to play in Super Bowl LIV. Coach Kyle Shanahan led his team to the franchise's seventh Super Bowl appearance, a 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers featured three AP All-Pro selections in tight end George Kittle (first team), defensive linemen DeForest Buckner (second team), and cornerback Richard Sherman (second team) and four to the Pro Bowl. The defense was the backbone of the 49ers, and it dominated throughout the entire season. San Francisco finished the regular season second in yards allowed per game (281.8), first in forced fumbles (21), third in fumble recoveries (13), and fifth in sacks (48). Edge rusher Nick Bosa was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and PFWA Rookie of the Year. On offense, the 49ers led the league in rushing touchdowns (23), with the help of trio running backs Raheem Mostert, Matt Breida, and Tevin Coleman. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returned from a torn ACL suffered in 2018 and led his team to a complete turnaround season throwing for 3,978 yards, 27 touchdowns, and finishing the season with a 102.0 passer rating.

Notable additions:

  • Offensive linemen – Tom Compton
  • Wide receiver – Brandon Aiyuk
  • Defensive tackle – Javon Kinlaw

Notable losses:

  • Defensive tackle – DeForest Buckner
  • Wide receiver – Emmanuel Sanders
  • Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin

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