Payton encouraged by Saints' ability run the ball
METAIRIE - Coach Sean Payton says the New Orleans Saints' ability to run the ball, and stop the run, were the most important factors in Sunday's 23-20 win against San Francisco.
The Saints, who entered the game tied for last in the NFL in opponents average per carry (5.0), held the 49ers to 81 yards on 22 carries. New Orleans ran 23 times for 92 yards, matching its combined total in losses to the 49ers the last two years.
Payton said Monday, "What was encouraging was we were able to create third downs (defensively) that we felt were favorable, and conversely we were able to run the ball, in both those areas against a really good 49ers front."
The Saints (8-2) are establishing themselves as a complete team entering the stretch run.
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