The San Francisco 49ers, capitalizing on New Orleans' misfortunes throughout the game, went ahead on Joe Montana's 60-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Solomon in the third period and beat the Saints, 21-14, today.
The Saints moved inside San Francisco's 30-yard line six times without scoring.
The Saints played without regular quarterback Archie Manning, who has a pulled hamstring, until the fourth quarter. When they called on him, his second pass was intercepted by cornerback Ronnie Lott and returned 26 yards for the 49ers' final touchdown.
The 49ers led, 21-7, after Lott's touchdown. Manning directed an 80-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes, completing a nine-yard scoring pass to fullback Wayne Wilson with 1:09 remaining.
New Orleans' Dave Wilson, out of the University of Illinois, completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeff Groth in the first period. Earlier, the Saints had lost fumbles at the 49er 29 and 22.
San Francisco tied the score in the second period with a 69-yard touchdown drive, with Johnny Davis scoring on a six-yard run.
Dave Wilson, making his first NFL start for New Orleans, completed 11 of 22 passes. He would have had a second touchdown pass, but Rich Caster dropped the ball in the end zone.
Manning completed seven of 12 passes the last time the Saints had the ball, the final completion to Wayne Wilson making the final score close.