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NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (9-3-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3)

December 12, 2012
Richmond High School



SERIES

 

49ERS

PATRIOTS

SERIES LEADER

7-4

 

STREAKS

 

Past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Harbaugh: 0-0

Belichick: 3-0

LAST WEEK

W 27-13 vs. Dolphins

W 42-14 vs. Texans

LAST GAME

10/5/08: Patriots 30 at 49ers 21. New England QB Matt Cassel completes 66-yard TD pass to WR Randy Moss. RB Kevin Faulk adds 2 TD runs & Pats defense allows 199 total yards.

LAST GAME AT SITE

1/2/05: Patriots 21, 49ers 7. New England QB Tom Brady throws TD to LB Mike Vrabel. RB Corey Dillon rushes for 116 yards as Pats score 21 unanswered points to finish season 14-2.

BROADCAST

NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (SF), 93 (NE). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (SF), 226 (NE).

STATS

PASSING

Kaepernick: 87-129-1,073-3-1-97.5

Brady: 319-495-3,833 (1C)-29 (T3L)-4-104.2 (1C)

RUSHING

Gore: 211-1,035-4.9-7

Ridley: 243-1,082 (3C)-4.5-10 (T2L)

RECEIVING

Crabtree: 66-761-11.5-5

Welker: 95 (1C)-1,116-11.7-4

OFFENSE

360.1

425.7 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

+6

+24 (1L)

DEFENSE

275.5 (1C)

376.3

SACKS

Ald. Smith: 19.5 (1L)

Ninkovich: 6.5

INTs

Goldson: 3

McCourty, Wilson (R): 4 (T2C)

PUNTING

Lee: 47.3

Mesko: 43.1

KICKING

Akers: 104 (35/35 PAT; 23/32 FG)

Gostkowski: 128 (1C) (56/56 PAT; 24/30 FG)

NOTES

49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK is 1st QB in NFL history with 175+ pass yards & 50+ yard run in consecutive games…RB FRANK GORE aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with rush TD. Had rush TD last week & surpassed 1,000 rush yards for 6th time…WR RANDY MOSS played 52 games for NE (2007-10) & had 259 catches for 3,904 yards & 50 TDs. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), TE VERNON DAVIS leads NFC TEs with 35 TDs. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 90+ yards or TD in 5 of past 6…49ers lead NFL allowing 14.2 points per game (184 points). Team ranks 2nd in NFL in total defense (275.5 yards per game) & pass defense (184.7 yards per game). Defense is holding opposing QBs to 77 passer rating. LB ALDON SMITH has 33.5 career sacks, most by player in 1st 2 NFL seasons. Leads NFL with team-record 19.5 sacks. Has 15 sacks in past 7. LB NA VORRO BOWMAN leads team with 113 tackles. LB PATRICK WILLIS is 2nd with 99…PATRIOTS: With win, NE can surpass Dal. (13, 1968-72) for 2nd-most consecutive wins in Dec. in NFL history…NE has won 20 straight at home in Dec…QB TOM BRADY posted 36th career game with 3+ TD & 0 INTs last week, tied for 2nd-most in NFL history (PEYTON MANNING, 37; BRETT FAVRE, 36). Needs 167 passing yards to reach 4,000 for 5th time. Has thrown TD pass in 45 straight games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history.Needs TD pass to reach 30 for 4th time. In past 7 (all wins), has 19 TDs vs. 1 INT…RB STEVAN RIDLEY aims for 7th straight game w/ rush TD. WR WES WELKER (95) needs 5 rec. to become 1st player in NFL history with 5 100-catch seasons. WR BRANDON LLOYD was selected in 4th round of ’03 NFL Draft by 49ers. WR DONTE’ STALLWORTH had 63-yard TD rec. last week, 1st catch in ’12…TE AARON HERNANDEZ tied career best with 2 TD rec. last week…LB JEROD MAYO leads club w/ 125 tackles.


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