The 49ers shocked everyone and jumped out to a 17-0 lead against the Saints today.
What got he ball rolling for San Francisco was this huge New Orleans fumble at the Niners’ two-yard line.
Pierre Thomas got absolutely knocked out by a Donte Whitner helmet-to-helmet hit, fumbling in the process.
It was probably legal (helmet-to-helmet hits are only penalties if the receiver is “defenseless”), but it was still brutal.
Here’s the video (replay at 53-second mark):
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