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                  === Hartley's FG lifts Saints past 49ers ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Payton lit a fire under his kicker
 during  the week,  and Garrett  Hartley  responded Sunday  with three  fourth-
 quarter field goals, including the game-winner.
 
 Hartley,  who had  missed four of his previous six attempts and watched Payton
 bring  in  potential replacements during  the week,  drilled a 31-yard kick as
 time  expired to give the New Orleans Saints a 23-20 come-from-behind win over
 the San Francisco 49ers.
 
 "I love the way he responded...I'm proud of him," Payton said.
 
 The NFC South-leading Saints (8-2) benefited from a questionable personal foul
 penalty on Ahmad Brooks and limited the 49ers to 196 total yards.
 
 Drew  Brees passed  for 305 yards with  a touchdown and an interception in the
 win, while Colin Kaepernick was limited to 127 yards through the air.
 
 Kaepernick  threw  touchdown passes to Anquan  Boldin and Vernon Davis and was
 intercepted once  as  San Francisco (6-4) fell three games behind the Seahawks
 for NFC West supremacy.
 
 This  was  the 49ers' third visit  to the Superdome  in less than a year. They
 upended  the Saints there last season and lost in the Super Bowl to the Ravens
 9 1/2 months ago.
 
 Another  road victory  over New  Orleans  was within  reach, especially  after
 Brooks sent Brees to the turf with a punishing hit late in the fourth quarter,
 forcing a fumble that fellow linebacker Patrick Willis recovered.
 
 Brooks,  though, was  flagged for his high tackle, and the extended possession
 resulted in Hartley's game-tying 42-yard field goal with 2:06 on the clock.
 
 "I  felt like I hit him with my chest, like I bear-hugged him...kind of hard,"
 Brooks said.
 
 The  officials were put  to the test again when Kaepernick threw the ball away
 near his own goal line on the ensuing drive. The quarterback was ruled outside
 the  tackles, but  even though the call  went the 49ers' way, they had to punt
 with just under two minutes remaining.
 
 Fair-catch  interference  put the  ball on  the Saints'  own 40-yard line, and
 Brees quickly completed 3-of-4 passes for a total 41 yards to move into field-
 goal range.
 
 "It's a great feeling to share this with my teammates," Hartley said.
 
 The  Saints forced three-and-outs on San Francisco's opening three possessions
 and  got on  the scoreboard themselves with  a lengthy drive late in the first
 quarter.  Robert  Meachem's 47-yard  catch  highlighted  the 11-play,  97-yard
 march,  and Josh  Hill leaked open for  a 3-yard grab near the right pylon for
 his first career touchdown.
 
 The  49ers caught  a break early in  the second when Lance Moore muffed a punt
 and  San  Francisco recovered  at the  New Orleans  11. From there, Kaepernick
 found Boldin in the end zone to tie things up.
 
 There  was a  10-point swing in San  Francisco's favor late in the half. Corey
 White was a yard away from an interception return for a touchdown but lost the
 ball  while  diving for the  goal line.  Kaepernick chased down the cornerback
 along  the  sideline and  pushed him in  the back just  before he extended the
 ball, which landed out-of-bounds in the end zone for a touchback.
 
 Frank  Gore  broke off  his longest  run of  24 yards  after replay upheld the
 decision,  and  Phil Dawson booted  55-yard field goal --  one yard shy of his
 personal best -- to give San Francisco a 10-7 lead.
 
 Travaris  Cadet  returned the ensuing kickoff  82 yards, and three plays later
 Jed  Collins barreled across  the goal line from a yard out to give the Saints
 a 14-10 edge heading into the intermission.
 
 Brees  had thrown  149 consecutive  passes at  home without  being intercepted
 before  his floater  early in the third  quarter was picked off by Brooks, who
 returned it 22 yards to the New Orleans 22-yard line.
 
 The  short field led  to Davis, who was a game-time decision after suffering a
 concussion last week, getting behind the secondary for a go-ahead 17-yard TD.
 
 After  the  Saints turned  the ball  over on downs,  San Francisco bridged the
 third  and fourth quarters  with a 13-play drive that only gained 49 yards but
 was enough to get Dawson in range for a 29-yard field goal.
 
 Long passes to Meachem and Marques Colston gave the Saints 1st-and-goal inside
 the 10, but they had to settle for a 21-yarder from Hartley with 7:50 to go.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Saints improved to  6-0 at home ... New Orleans had 23 first downs to San
 Francisco's  12  ... Colston had  a game-high 80  yards on five receptions and
 broke Eric Martin's franchise records of 7,854 receiving yards and 7,865 yards
 from  scrimmage ... Saints cornerback Jabari Greer was carted off the field in
 the  first quarter after suffering a gruesome leg injury ... San Francisco saw
 cornerback Tarell Brown (ribs) and guard Mike Iupati (knee) leave early.
 
 11/17 22:08:29 ET