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Finishing kick lifts Saints over 49ers 23-20

  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) pulls in a long pass reception in front of San Francisco 49ers defensive back Eric Wright (30) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The Superdome crowd grumbled each time the Saints settled for high-pressure field goals in the fourth quarter, apparently nervous that Hartley, who'd missed four of six attempts in the previous three games, would slip up again.

Instead, Hartley made all three of his field goal attempts in the final quarter to wipe out New Orleans' 20-14 deficit.

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His 42-yarder with 2:06 left tied it. His game-winner was from 31 yards. He also hit from 21 yards earlier.

"This team and this coaching staff and this organization never took their foot off the gas with me and here we are sitting at 8-2 and getting ready for Atlanta," Hartley said.

The Saints trailed 20-17 when Brooks leveled Brees. The Niners protested the resulting flag vigorously.


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