Situation: 1st Quarter 15:00 1st & 10 SF 20
This is a quick throw with Manningham running a streak on the sidelines at the bottom and Boldin running a fin route from the slot. Easy pitch and catch for positive yardage to Boldin, but instead tries to throw it to Manningham's back shoulder.
Situation: 1st Quarter 10:17 2nd &10 SF 31
After play action Kaepernick is going to roll right, where he has Gore in the flat and Davis running a 15 yard out. At this point in the play Davis has successfully made the DB turn and run to cover the deep route and is beginning his out cut.
Davis has completed his break and has good separation from the DB, this should be an easy pitch and catch for a first down. Instead the ball eventually goes to Gore for a gain of 6, and they are unable to convert the 3rd down play.
Situation: 1st Quarter 7:46 3rd & 10 SF 42
Against a 2 deep man under defense Kaepernick has Vernon Davis one on one over the middle with no defender in front of him. Instead of taking the easy throw to his best receiver Kaepernick throws the streak to Baldwin down the right sideline. Incomplete and another 3 and out.
Situation: 1st Quarter 2nd & 6 SF 24
After play action Kaepernick has both McDonald and Davis open for first down yardage. This snapshot is taken as Kaepernick instead drops the ball off to Gore, but McDonald has been running free for about 5 yards by this time.
Situation: 2nd Quarter 6:25 1st & 10 SF 20
After running fly sweep play action the 49ers run a simple flood concept with Davis running vertical out wide, Miller running a corner, and James in the flat. At this point Kaepernick has hit his final step. The corner has already turned and is running with Davis.
The Saints have dropped everyone into coverage, and Kaepernick has a clean pocket with James wide open in the flat. Kaepernick misses the throw and instead tries to escape the pocket and is sacked for a loss of 1.
Situation: 4th Quarter 13:31 3rd & 9 NO 11
The Saints bring pressure from the middle and left, leaving the middle of the field wide open. Boldin easily beats his man inside, but Kaepernick instead is going to throw the fade to Davis on the right side.
Situation: 4th Quarter 2:01 2nd & 19 SF 11
The Saints are playing deep cover 2 and Kaepernick has a clean pocket with Gore open underneath for a check down. Instead of stepping into the pocket and delivering the ball to Gore to set up a more manageable 3rd down, Kaepernick takes off to his right and has to throw the ball away.