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Simple: Saints' 'O' Tests 49ers' 'D'

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The New Orleans Saints offense certainly put it all out there for the 49ers to see, study, break down and possibly freak out over.

No secrets or subterfuge, just fireworks:

Drew Brees and the Saints ran 81 offensive plays Saturday against Detroit. (Which is a lot.)

Scored six touchdowns. (Three passing, three rushing.)

Gained 626 yards. (An NFL playoff record.)

And turned a tight game into a fourth-quarter runaway, revving up the engines after a slow start and blowing past Detroit, 45-28.

That means it'll be the Saints vs. the 49ers at Candlestick Park on Saturday in the NFC semifinals, a classic meeting of red-hot offense vs. steamrolling...

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