49ers score TD on wild Emmanuel Sanders trick play against Saints

In a game full of big plays and subpar defense, the San Francisco 49ers pulled off one of the most impressive trick plays of the 2019 NFL season against the New Orleans Saints Sunday.

Trailing 27-14 in the second quarter, the 49ers drove down to the New Orleans 35-yard line and attempted what first appeared to be an ill-fated reverse to receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who got the ball on a reverse from WR Deebo Samuel.

Behind a mass of bodies in the backfield, Sanders surprised everyone when he threw the ball off his back foot, and got just enough on it to find a wide-open Raheem Mostert down the sideline. The running back caught the ball at the Saints’ 10-yard line, and proceeded to scamper into the end zone with ease.

The score helped the 49ers edge back into the game at 27-21, and the San Francisco defense got its first stop on the ensuing Saints drive after rookie defensive end Nick Bosa stopped Saints QB/RB/WR/TE Taysom Hill on a third-down play. The 49ers then scored again on a Mostert run to give them a 28-27 lead at halfime.

It was a big first half for Sanders, who had four receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown in addition to the touchdown pass on the trick play.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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