If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Saints coach Sean Payton should be blushing after what the 49ers pulled off Sunday in New Orleans.
Earlier in the week heading into San Francisco's big game in the Big Easy, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan made it known that he occasionally steals a play or two from Payton, who also is regarded as one of the best offensive minds in football. In the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 Week 14 win, Shanahan lived up to his word.
Remember that clever fullback option San Francisco utilized late in the second half on a crucial third down play? It definitely should have looked familiar to the opposing sideline.
Just take a look:
And this is from today AGAINST Sean Payton’s team:https://t.co/BiOB99sElV— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) December 8, 2019
Poor Kyle Juszczyk. The Saints' fullback didn't get blown up in their version. That's the definition of taking a hit to make a play, though, as the 49ers not only got a first down as a result of that stolen play, but would go on to score a touchdown on that drive.
While San Francisco got the win, New Orleans managed to drop 46 points on the 49ers, who entered the game with the league's best defense. Don't be surprised if Shanahan steals another play or two that Payton used against him Sunday.