San Francisco 41, New England 34

Date - 8:20 PM EST, Sunday, December 16, 2012
Location - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Temperature - 34°
Head Official - Ed Hochuli
Attendance - 68756

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
San Francisco 7 10 14 10 41
New England 0 3 7 24 34

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Francisco 10-3 5-1 5-2 W2
New England 10-4 5-2 5-2 L1

Recap


49ers 41, Patriots 34: Colin Kaepernick threw four touchdown passes and visiting San Francisco took advantage of four New England turnovers, holding off a wild rally by the defending AFC champs on a cold and rainy night.

With the score tied at 31 after a 28-point comeback by the Patriots, Kaepernick hooked up with Michael Crabtree on a back-breaking 38-yard touchdown pass with 6:25 remaining. After David Akers booted a 28-yard field goal to increase the lead to 41-31, New England responded with a field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 38 seconds to go but failed to cover the onside kick, sealing the game.

In a matchup pitting New England's No. 1-ranked offense against San Francisco and its top-ranked defense, it was the 49ers and a big-play passing game that proved to be the difference. Kaepernick threw scoring passes of 24, 34, 27 and 38 yards to snap the Patriots' seven-game winning streak.

San Francisco (10-3-1) built a 31-3 lead in the third quarter before the Patriots mounted their dramatic comeback. New England (10-4) scored 28 points in under 15 minutes to tie the game, getting a pair of touchdowns by Danny Woodhead and a passing and rushing touchdown by Tom Brady.

Former Patriot Randy Moss opened the scoring, grabbing a 24-yard touchdown pass on the 49ers' first possession. The 49ers later appeared to put the game away when they turned a pair of New England turnovers into quick touchdowns early in the third quarter.

After Brady kept his touchdown streak alive with a 5-yard scoring pass to Aaron Hernandez with 12:13 to play, the Pats tied the game on Woodhead's second touchdown run. Brady finished 36-for-65 for 443 yards while Kaepernick was 14-for-25 for 216 yards.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Moss caught his 157th touchdown pass, moving him into fourth place in the all-time standings. ...The Patriots played with a decal on their helmets honoring the victims of the Newtown tragedy. ...Both teams have clinched playoff berths. ... Brandon Lloyd caught 10 passes for 190 yards for New England.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
San Francisco   New England
Frank Gore Player Danny Woodhead
21 Attempts 12
83 Yards 61
4.0 Avg Yards 5.1
0 Touchdowns 2
15 Long 15
Receiving
San Francisco   New England
Michael Crabtree Player Brandon Lloyd
7 Receptions 10
107 Yards 190
15.3 Avg Yards 19.0
2 Touchdowns 0
38 Long 53

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
San Francisco 388 180 208 5 2 2 3.0 2
New England 520 95 425 4 2 1 1.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • New England will play their next game on the road against Jacksonville. The Patriots have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .714 after a loss.
  • San Francisco will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The 49ers have a W/L % of .769 after a win and .769 after a loss.