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49ers Drop Saints 31-21

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS, LA) --  The Colin Kaepernick era has officially begun in San Francisco.

In his second game as the starter, Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers to a 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

The win improved the 49ers' record to 8-2-1 this season.

Kaepernick passed for 231 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.  He also ran for a seven-yard score in the first quarter.

The defense was stellar with Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner intercepting Saints quarterback Drew Brees and returning both for touchdowns.  They also sacked Brees five times.  He finished with 267 passing yards and three touchdowns. 

One of Brees' touchdowns went to receiver Marques Colston, who set a franchise record with his 56th career touchdown with the team.

New Orleans (5-6) snapped a three-game winning streak.

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