San Francisco ran the ball effectively, which set up a series of wide-open passes on play-action set-ups, but most of these plays ended with drops by Boldin, who set a career record for drops in a game. A g"ame Drew Brees fought to keep the Saints in the game, finding Jimmy Graham on several key plays - but the Niners D rose again and again, holding the Saints to key few goals as well as the game-deciding turnover in overtime.
The play calling of the NIners again falls into question. The balance of run to pass was better, but there were still too many 2nd down throws. Though the Niners ran the ball well and often, that total should have been even higher. Boldin's drops cost the team points on several occasions and you have to wonder about the mental state of this team even after a huge win. The team suffers at time from an identity crisis.
The Niners are best when they run often and play physical defense. As pass attempts rise, the effectiveness rate falls. Can the offensive coordinator fix these issues? Only time will tell.