SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: San Francisco 49ers fans cheer on their team during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Believe it or not the San Francisco 49ers offense may have been the most exciting one to watch on Saturday afternoon when they hosted the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional round. The 49ers were able to hang on and beat the Saints, 36-32, and the final five minutes of the game were as good as you'll see in any game this year.
Let's review the final four minutes:
4:11: Darren Sproles zips through the 49ers defense en route to a 44-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Saints take the lead, 24-23.
2:18: Alex Smith goes around the left side of the offensive line and with some great blocks rolls into the end zone from 28 yards out. 49ers re-take the lead and miss the two-point conversion, 29-24.
:14: After finding Vernon Davis on a 47-yard catch-and-run, Alex Smith hits Davis in the end zone with 14 seconds left to win the game. 49ers take the lead for the final time, 36-32.
Yeah, it was an awesome game. Back in 1998 Steve Young won a playoff game by hitting Terrell Owens with three seconds left and this game somehow, someway topped that game in terms of excitement and unbelievability.