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First-look preview: 49ers/Saints showdown

Fangio faces immense coaching challenge vs. Saints

To begin a week of analysis and war of the words between the 49ers and New Orleans Saints leading up to Saturday's showdown of NFC powers at Candlestick Park, we take an early preview look at several aspects, including keys to the game, the pivotal coaching matchup between Sean Payton and Vic Fangio, and who holds the edge in six vital categories (where TSX says the Niners hold a 3-2-1 advantage).

Game time: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. PST Site: Candlestick Park in San Francisco TV: FOX Records: Saints, 14-3, champions of NFC South; 49ers, 13-3, champions of NFC West Keys to the game: As scalding hot as the Saints' offense is, New Orleans travels to play outdoors on grass in an often windy stadium, not exactly the kind of conditions that are conducive to the team's high-powered pass attack. Oh... Recommended Stories