On a cold, wet night at Gillette Stadium in New England, the Patriots host the 49ers in a primetime matchup between two Superbowl contenders. Stay tuned to this live blog for updates and analysis throughout the game.
This victory by San Francisco clinches a playoff berth for the Niners, but the Division will be decided next week on Sunday Night Football when San Francisco heads to Seattle to face divisional rival the Seattle Seahawks. Join me next week as I blog that game live right here on goldengatesports.com
49ers in Victory Formation and a kneeldown ends it. Final score 41-34 49ers. Thank you for joining Golden Gate Sports for our Live Blog coverage of this rollercoaster game between the 49ers and the Patriots.
Walker Picks up the onside kick to put the nail in the coffin of the NE Patriots
The Field goal makes it a 7 point game with :38 left and an onside kick coming
Lloyd makes the catch to pick up the first and the field goal unit comes on
An incompletion brings up another 4th down
Woodhead picks up 6
Branch makes the catch to pick up the 1st down
Another incompletion brings up 4th down
An incompletion makes it 3rd and 3
Brady is moving the ball again
NE takes a knee in the endzone and out comes the offense
The field goal by Akers makes it 41-31 Niners
James is stopped and the field goal unit comes on to try to make it a 2 possesion game
Gore will pick up a couple and NE uses its last timeout
Corr. 12yd line
James sweeps it out to the 10
Brady turns the ball over on downs on his own 13!
Pass broken up on 3rd down by Bowman
7 yard gain by Lloyd
Brady nearly goes down in the endzone but throws it away
Another hold on the punt backs Brady up to his own endzone
James is stopped and that brings up 4th down
James picks up 4 off tackle and brings up 3rd and 4
Gore picks up 2 on a sweep
Ginn muffs another punt but falls on it and its SF ball
Jean-Francois Sacks Brady for a HUGE loss
McDonald sacks Brady again!
And Welker picks up anothe rone
Welker picks up a 1st down
PAT makes it 38-31 Niners
TOUCHDOWN NINERS! Kaepernick hits Crabtree for a 38yd score
Lamichael James with a huge return to the NE 35
PAT makes it a tie game 31-31
Encroachment makes it 1st and 5 from the SF 6
Brach has another 1st at the 11
Lloyd catches a 53 yard pass from Brady to the SF 29
Lloyd picks up yet another 1st down
First pass from the 6 in incomplete, 2nd and 10
Lee just crushes the punt, Welker returns it to the 25 from the 16, but a Holding call negates the return and put the ball on the 6
Gore gets 7, Niners to punt again
Kaepernick gets sacked all the way back at the 13 to bring up 3rd and very long
Gore picks up 11 on a run up the middle
An illegal hands to the face against SF makes it 1st and 20
Delanie Walker return the kick 19 yards to the SF 25
And just like that its a 7 point game. Brady hits Hernandez for the 5yd TD
Pass interference by Brown brings up another 1st and goal for NE
Brady loses his cool after getting iced by Harbaugh
Brady hits Welker to convert on 4th down
Incomplete pass brings up 4th down and NE goes for it
Brady hits Hernandez for 8yd to bring up 3rd and 2
Welker returns Lee’s punt from the 23 to the NE 29
SF goes 3 and out on an incomplete pass to James
2 yard carry by gore makes it 3rd and 4
James brings the kickoff out to the 18yd line
PAT makes it 31-17
Brady leaps over the line for the touchdown
NE will attempt to score here on 4th down and goal from the 1yd line
Another goal line stuff brings up 4th down and the 4th quarter
Two straight goal line stops bring up 3rd down
Brady hits the receiver deep to bring up a 1st and goal
Brady nearly throws another pick to Whitner despite plenty of time to throw
Brady is starting to get a rythm.
Welker gets nothing on the return of booming Andy Lee punt
kaepernick overthrows Crabtree to bring up 4th down
Kaepernick continues to have problems with the snap
LaMichael James picks up 17 on the run
PAT makes it 31-10 Niners
Wood head powers into the endzone for the Pats first touchdown
Brady is hurried by Smithagain and has to get rid of it
Illegal shift negates a NE Touchdown, 5yd penalty 1st down
Another 1st down picked up this time by Woodhead
Welker has his first catch, picks up a NE 1st down
That last pass to Crabtree was over 60mph that is amazing.
San Francisco is playing like a team posessed right now, systematically dismantling the NE Patriots
this is unbelievable, the PAT makes it 31-3
KAEPERNICK TO CRABTREE TOUCHDOWN!!!!
ALDON SMITH PICKS OFF TOM BRADY!!
Goldson crushes the receiver to create an incompletion but a flag for an illegal hit cost the Niners 15
PAT makes it 24-3 NINERS!
GORE PICKS UP A BAD SNAP AND TAKES IT IN FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!!!
An illegal block by NE makes it 1st and goal at the 5
FUMBLE! Goldson picks up the football after Whitner punched it out!
Hernandez picks up a 1st for NE
Lloyd picks up 29 yards on a pass from Brady
Kaepernick throws a huge pick in the endzone to McCourty, Moss was the intended receiver, 1st down on the 20 for NE
Offsides against NE makes it 1st and 5
Crabtree picks up another 1st o the pass from Kaepernick
Gore picks up the First down on a nice screen pass by Kaepernick
Gore bounces off his own lineman and loses yardage to bring up 3rd and 15
LaMichael James takes the kickoff out to the SF 30 and the second half is underway
After predicting a New England victory Coach Dungy is looking a little uncomfortable during the halftime show.
As the half winds down the 49ers lead the Patriots 17-3. San Francisco will get the ball back after the half.
Gore gets nothing on a run up the middle and SF will settle for a FG
Kaepernick runs the ball down to the 3 and get out of bounds with :08 left
Offensive PI brings up first and goal at the 14
First down GORE!
SF calls a timeout with :25 left in the half and a 3rd down on the NE 11
Gore picks up 4 to bring up 3rd and 6
The pass to Moss is broken up in the endzone
Kaepernick with an excellent 19yd run to the NE 15
Lamichael james picks up 2 to bring up 3rd and 8
Kaepernick overthrows Davis again near the edzone
Davis picks up a 1st down on a pass from Kaepernick
Gore picks up a 1st down and then some with a hard run
Iupati comes out injured, and Crabtree converts the 3rd down conversion
Gore picks up 7 on a run up the middle 3rd and 3 SF
corr. Their own 22
Ruling stands, SF Ball on their own 12
NE challnges the ruling on the field
Doesnt matter, a holding call forces a replay of 4th down.
More punt controversy, Ginn muffs a punt but did he touch it?
Another 3 and out for NE after another incompletion to Lloyd
Brady flings a pass at Lloyd who cant hold on to it bringing up 3rd down
16yd kickoff return by McCourty gives Brady the ball at the the 18 with just over 6 mins left in the half.
34yd TD pass by Kaepernick quiets the crowd at Gillette Stadium.
PAT makes it 14-3 SF!
KAEPERNICK HITS DELANIE WALKER FOR A HUGE TOUCHDOWN PASS!!
Gore muscles his way to a 1st down for SF
Gore picks up 8 on a run
Talib hits Crabtree for a Pass Interference call giving SF a 1st down.
The cold rain is really coming down in Mass.
The Pats kick a 32yd FG to make it 7-3 SF
BRADY IS SACKED! Ray McDonald getts to Brady and takes him down!
Rogers hits brady as he throws for an incomplete pass
Woodhead picks up 1st and goal on a 4yd run
Woodhead picks up 8 on a run up the middle
Dion Branch picks up the 1st on a pass from Brady
NE goes for it on 4th
NE takes a timeout on 4th down to decide if a FG is the right idea
Cox comes in for the injured Brown
Brown breaks up a pass in the endzone but hurts himself doing it
Hernandez picks up the 1st and more on a pass from Brady and here come the Pats
Woodhead picks up a 1st on a 10 yd run for NE
Brandon Lloyd picks up a 1st down on the pass from Brady
The San Francisco run defense is giving no ground tonight
Another mishandled snap leads to a turnover on downs
That measurement brings us to the end of the 1st quarter
SF is about 4 inches short of the first down.
Gore gains 9 on an off tackle run but takes a huge hit
Kaepernick just barely overthrows Vernon Davis in the endzone
FUMBLE NE! Chris Culliver recovers for SF!
Willis tackles the receiver on a screen pass for a loss
Akers misses the Field Goal attempt and it remains 7-0 SF
After 2 runs and an inc. pass the field goal team comes on
Corr. the NE 28
FAKE PUNT! Dashon Goldson runs the football to the 38 yardline!
SF is forced to punt after a Penalty by Crabtree
Aother mishandled snap but again SF recovers
LaMichael James runs the football for 4 yards
ON a Personal note, I’d like to welcome my cousin Doug who is following the Live Blog from Etheopia, where he is digging wells.
Aldon Smith, even though ha hasnt sacked Brady yet tonight, has hurried him 3 times and forced 2 punts
NE forced to punt Yet again
3rd and 3 for NE at the 17
Welker takes a huge hit and fumbles the ball at the 4 yard line NE recovers.
Brady Gets Picked off by Carlos Rogers who returns it all the way back to the NE 5!
Welker returns the punt, but a holding call negates the return
Mishandled snap recovered by SF, the cold wet conditions are really making it difficult for both teams
Gore picks up about 3 on a run up the middle
49ers get the ball back at their own 9 after a NE punt
Smith Gets to Brady again to force a 3 and out
Brady takes a huge hit from Aldon smith as he throws incomplete
It is definitely a slippery night for the football in NE
McCourty takes the ball out of the end zone to the 25
PAT by Akers makes it 7-0 Niners
TOUCHDOWN 49ers! Kaepernick Hits Moss in stride in the endzone!
San Francisco nearly give the football up on a strip by Hightower
Randy Moss takes a huge hit as he makes the first down reception
another First down Niners as Kaepernick hits Crabtree
Ted Ginn returns the ball 9 yards to the 38
Huge stop by NaVorro Bowman
New England has the ball back 3rd and 1
Loose ball ruled a fumble then overturned.
As expected Brady comes out throwing
There is the kick off, Mccourty tke the ball at the 2 gets to the 15
Alright Bay Area sports fans, Here we GO!
The Moment of Silence and Flare Lighting was a touching way to honor the innocent lives lost Friday in Conn.
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