My first trip to Candlestick Park in San Francisco, my 13th stadium on my quest for 31.
The players are introduced.
And then came Jerry Rice, who had his number retired at halftime.
The national anthem.
A rowdy Saints fan had to be scolded by an usher.
Back to the game...
Alex Smith seemed to outplay Drew Brees on this night (what quarterback hasn't?), but mistakes cost the 49ers the game (sounds familiar).
Here Drew Brees can be seen pacing back and forth during a TV timeout, feeling guilty about the way his team cheated in the NFC Championship game last year.
Reggie Bush was not a crowd favorite.
Here he fumbled a punt and jumped on it before eleven 49ers jumped on him and knocked him out of the game, much to the delight of 49er fans.
The 49ers go for 2 to tie the game up in the last minute.
The play was ruled unsuccessful, reviewed, and reversed.
But the 49ers left too much time on the clock, and the Saints marched down the field for the game-winning field goal. Final score: Saints 25, 49ers 22.