49ers-Saints scouting report

WHEN: 3:25 p.m. Sunday.

WHER E: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans.

TV/RADIO: Fox/WTGE-FM, 100.7-FM, WWL-AM, 870, 105.3-FM.

RECORDS: 49ers, 7-2-1; Saints: 5-5.

LAST WEEK: 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears, 32-7; Saints defeated the Oakland Raiders, 38-17.

COACHES: 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, 2nd season (21-6-1); Saints, Joe Vitt, 2nd season (7-8).

NFL RANKINGS

Offense (league rank in parentheses)

Points: 49ers, 24.5 (13); Saints, 28.7 (t4).

Total yards: 49ers, 364.6 (13); Saints, 391.3 (5).

Rushing: 49ers, 165.3 (1); Saints, 94.9 (26).

Passing: 49ers, 199.3 (27); Saints, 296.4 (2).

Defense (league rank in parentheses)

Points: 49ers, 13.4 (1); Saints, 27.3 (27).

Total yards: 49ers, 277.2 (2); Saints, 462.8 (32).

Rushing: 49ers, 94.3 (6); Saints, 157.8 (32).

Passing: 49ers, 182.9 (2); Saints, 305.0 (31).

KEY PLAYERS

49ers: QB Alex Smith, RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis, DT Justin Smith, OLB Aldon Smith, ILB Patrick Willis.

Saints: QB Drew Brees, TE Jimmy Graham, WR Marques Colston, MLB Curtis Lofton, WLB Jonathan Vilma, CB Jabari Greer.

49ERS SCOUTING REPORT

Offense: The 49ers aren’t great, but they aren’t bad. They rank 13th in total yards, but lead the NFL rushing with 165.3 yards per game as Frank Gore has 831 yards and a 5.3 average. They only rank 27th in passing, but are capable of doing some damage — especially with tight end Vernon Davis.

Defense: They don’t lead the NFL in fewest yards allowed, but they have a fantastic defense which showed against Chicago on Monday night. They allowed just 143 yards, including 58 net passing yards, and rank second in the NFL in giving up 277.2 yards a game. They do lead in fewest points allowed at 13.4 per game.

Special teams: The Niners have a perennial Pro Bowl punter in Andy Lee, who averages 46.8 gross yards and 42.0 net yards with 24 kicks inside the 20. Kicker David Akers has made just 18 of 24 in field-goal attempts, but one of them was a 63-yarder.

49ERS FACTS

The 49ers have only two players with Louisiana ties — defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, a former LSU defensive lineman, and running back Brandon Jacobs, an Assumption High grad who won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants before signing with the Niners this winter. … Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio coached Saints linebackers from 1986-94 under Jim Mora and assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson is a former LSU safety who played with the Saints in 1996. … The 49ers have outscored their opponents 74-33 in the second quarter and 80-42 in the fourth. … The teams have met 71 times with the Niners leading the series, 45-24-2.

Compiled by Sheldon Mickles