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Kapernick hits desperate pass and Brooks gets redemption as Niners down Saints 27-24 in OT

  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) pulls in a pass reception over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) pulls in a pass reception over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver (29) and strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver (29) and strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) carries past New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) carries past New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  (The Associated Press)

Colin Kaepernick completed a 51-yard pass on fourth down to sustain a game-tying drive, Ahmad Brooks sacked and stripped Drew Brees in overtime, and Phil Dawson kicked a 35-yard field goal to cap San Francisco's stirring 27-24 victory over New Orleans on Sunday.

The victory snapped a two-game skid for the Niners (5-4) and marked the first home loss for the Saints (4-5) in more than a season.

Brooks' decisive blow on a sack of Brees had to feel like poetic justice to the Niners' linebacker. His unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a vicious sack and strip in the Superdome a year ago allowed the Saints to pull out a late comeback victory in these teams' previous meeting.

Brees was intercepted twice, but also passed for three scores, the last to Jimmy Graham to give the Saints a 24-21 lead with 1:52 left in regulation.

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