SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49er runs after a catch against Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Vernon Davis;Malcolm Jenkins
The San Francisco 49ers may have earned some style points for taking the defending champs down to the final two seconds. But that's little consolation for a trendy preseason pick finding themselves off to an 0-2 start.
The 49ers lost on a 37-yard Saints field goal at the last second, falling 25-22 in their home opener at Candlestick. They'd just tied the game 22-22 on a miraculous touchdown drive and successful two-point conversion to Vernon Davis.
They were no less formidable in the second half, taking a 14-9 lead on their first drive of the second half. Anthony Davis got the score on a two-yard run, but Michael Crabtree provided the highlight of the drive with a 32-yard catch-and-showboat.
The 49ers looked like world-beaters against the defending champs, but the feeling wouldn't last. The Saints took back the lead and added two fourth quarter field goals for a late 22-14 lead.
Alex Smith's signature drive thus far in his 49ers career came down 22-14 late in the fourth. He marched the 49ers down field in an 82-yard drive, capped by a Frank Gore touchdown and Smith completing a two-point conversion to Vernon Davis.
But when Garrett Hartley kicked the winning field goal for the Saints, Smith's signature drive went for naught.
Reggie Bush was carried off in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury, and did not return.