New Orleans Saints pound San Francisco 49ers in preseason opener

Michael Tortorich
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram spins toward the end zone on a touchdown run.

NEW ORLEANS - Rookie running back Mark Ingram scored a touchdown in his first professional game to highlight the New Orleans Saints' 24-3 preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers Friday night.

Ingram flashed the skills that earned him the Heisman Trophy at Alabama when he bounced off of defenders and spun his way into the end zone on the 14-yard scoring run. 

Ingram, a first-round draft pick, wasn't the only rookie to score for the Saints. Joseph Morgan, an undrafted wide receiver out of Walsh University, scored on a 78-yard punt return.

The lone points for the 49ers came at the final second of the first half as David Akers hit a 59-yard field goal, which was the longest of his career.

Saints kicker Garrett Hartley rounded out the scoring with a 47-yard field goal.

The Saints came out blitzing, and collected six sacks in the first half.

New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith applies pressure to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.