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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes (Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

49ers 36, Saints 32

Alex Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees had put the high-powered Saints ahead, and the resurgent San Francisco 49ers capitalized on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) flips
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) flips the ball away before hitting the ground in front of San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois (95) during the second quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Parys Haralson (98) applies
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Parys Haralson (98) applies pressure to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Vernon Davis
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a 49 yard pass from Alex Smith #11 (not pictured) to score a touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Head coach
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints watch from the sidelines during the second quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Marques Colston
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball for a touchdown in front of Chris Culliver #29 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith (94)
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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith (94) sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the third quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) returns
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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) returns an interception of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the second quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43)
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New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) breaks away from San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) to run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith crosses the
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter. (Jan. 14, 2012)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Jimmy Graham
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints runs in after a 66 yard touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80)
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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) makes a catch against San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Darren Sproles
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Jimmy Graham
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints runs in after a 66 yard touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) celebrates
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) celebrates with teammates after running for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Darren Sproles
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80)
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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) stiff arms San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) on his way to a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers runs
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Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints. (Jan. 24, 2012)

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Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers
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Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park. (Jan. 14, 2012)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) adjusts
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) adjusts his shoulder pads during the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers. (Jan. 14, 2012)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Frank Gore
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Vernon Davis
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates his 49 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Darren Sproles
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Reggie Smith
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Reggie Smith #30 of the San Francisco 49ers forces an incomplete pass against Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: David Akers
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after kicking a 41 yard field goal against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Donte Whitner
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: Donte Whitner #31 of the San Francisco 49ers forces an incomplete pass against Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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