Saints open preseason with whipping of 49ers

FootballSportsSan Francisco 49ersJoe Morgan (baseball)Mark IngramAlex SmithDrew Brees

The Saints defense set the tone early. On San Francisco's first series, defensive end Will Smith brokei thru to pressure quarterback Alex Smith. Smith's attempted pass fell aimlessly to the turf.

49ers quarterbacks were sacked 6 times and rookie running back Mark Ingram ran 14 yards for a touchdown as the Saints beat San Francisco 24-3 in the preseason opener for both teams.

The game was a somwhat listless affair until rookie free agent Joe Morgan of Shaw Catholic Universiy in Ohio returned a punt 78 yards for a second quarter touchdown.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees played the first three series, and his unit did not produce a first down. Brees completed 1 of 4 passes for 6 yards.

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