RECORDS & AWARDS
NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (9-3-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3)
December 12, 2012Richmond High School
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.