At times, the Sunday Night football matchup looked like a runaway train. San Fransisco had the answer for everything Patriots head coach Bill Belichick tried. For every Tom Brady pass, there was a 49er defender draped over a Patriot receiver. Every run resulted in a hard hit or fumble. San Fransisco looked like a team that could easily beat anyone en route to a Super Bowl title.
Then New England showed that they can never be counted out. With 6:04 left in the third quarter trailing 31-3, Danny Woodhead scored the first Patriots touchdown of the night. Just over 6 minutes later, Brady carried the ball in from one yard out, and all of a sudden we had a football game. Less than three minutes later, Brady connected with TE Aaron Hernandez for a six yard score. The Patriots tied the game with another rushing touchdown from Woodhead with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter.
After giving up 28 strait points, San Fransisco finally answered the bell with a quick 38 yard touchdown pass from Collin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree. The score gave The 49ers a 38-31 lead.
San Fransisco was able to stop The Patriots on their following two possessions. Both teams scored late field goals, and The 49ers came away with a 41-34 win.
While The 49ers escaped with the win, New Englands ability to put up so many points in a short amount of time should be a warning for San Fransisco. If they want to be king of the hill, they have to learn to put opponents away.
San Fransisco will play division rival Seattle next week, while New England will battle Jacksonville.