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Saints face 49ers Friday night

Posted: Updated: Aug 8, 2011 04:14 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - With two weeks of training camp in the books, the Saints are set to return to the field by facing the San Francisco 49ers in their preseason opener.

It marks the first time the Saints will take the field after a playoff loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, a postseason setback that has fueled competition at virtually every position in Saints' training camp.

This is the first time since 2003 and the third time overall the Saints have faced the 49ers in the preseason.

The last time that these two teams played was in week two of the 2010 season. The Saints traveled to Candlestick Park for Monday Night Football and came out with a win, 25-22.

Despite winning the last six contests, four of which were held in the Louisiana Superdome, the Saints trail the 49ers all time with a combined 24- 45-2 record in regular season games.

Under Sean Payton, the Saints are 11-10 in the preseason.

The Saints enter the 2011 season looking to build on their 2010 successes. The club ranked sixth offensively in the NFL in 2010 as QB Drew Brees finished first in the league in completion percentage (68.1%), third in the league with 4,620 passing yards and tied for second with 33 touchdown passes.

On the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Greg Williams returns for his third season. Williams' aggressive defense finished fourth in the NFL in opponent net yards per game in 2010, led by LB Jonathan Vilma who led the Saints in tackles for the third consecutive season with 131 stops, while adding a career-best four sacks.

In his first year as head coach, Jim Harbaugh looks to lead the 49ers to an improved record after the team finished 6-10 in 2010. He will be making his NFL head coaching debut against the Saints.

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