Posted December 15, 2012 on
It’s the 49ers and Patriots in Sunday night prime time, and something has to give. The Niners enter the highly-anticipated, nationally televised showdown of NFL powers needing a victory to remain in control of one of the top two playoff seeds in the NFC. NinersDigest identifies 10 keys to the game and what the 49ers need to do to beat the Patriots and end several New England winning streaks.

Kaepernick's 4th grade letter predicts QB job

It’s funny how things work out for some people.  Kaepernick wrote this letter to himself in 4th grade, and he got it pretty spot on.  The only real glaring thing he got wrong is his weight; 6’4″ 140 lbs would be a straight bean pole.  His desire to play for the 49ers or Packers was pretty pure, saying that he would play for them even if they weren’t very good.  Little...

Colin Kaepernick predicted his future in 4th grade letter

A young Colin Kaepernick wrote a letter predicting his future in the 4th grade. (Photo via Colin Kaepernick has done well for himself since entering the NFL last season. He’s playing on a dominant 49ers team that was a fumble away from a Super Bowl last season, and he’s taken kindly to the top of the depth chart due to an Alex Smith concussion that let Colin...

49ers vs. Patriots: Thumbs up and thumbs down

Which way does the thumb turn for the 49ers after their classic 41-34 victory over New England on Sunday night, including the Kap to Crab connection, LaMichael James answering back, a defensive collapse followed by a defensive finish, Frank Gore’s clean-up TD, Randy Moss going deep, big plays in the secondary, Ted Ginn muffing punts, ending awesome New England streaks and much...

Patriots hoping to contain 49ers QB Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is giving the New England Patriots some extra things to think about this week. As if defending perennial Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore wasn't enough of a concern, the Patriots (10-3) now must focus on curtailing San Francisco's shifty quarterback in front of a national audience Sunday night. ''Our job is to contain him, running and passing,&...

Niners deliver late KO to win epic shootout

Jim Harbaugh might have learned more about his San Francisco 49ers during 20 minutes of sleepwalking than at any other time in his two years as their coach. His 49ers turned a nearly historic collapse into a stunning victory and a playoff berth. They withstood a 28-point comeback by the New England Patriots to win 41-34 on Sunday night in a showdown of NFL powers played in a chilling rain.

Provided San Francisco falls to the New England Patriots, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh needs to admit his mistake and shelve Colin Kaepernick for the proven Alex Smith

It is difficult to envision unproven quarterback Colin Kaepernick leading the San Francisco 49ers to a victory over the New England Patriots tomorrow night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Provided the 49ers (9-3-1) fall to the Patriots (10-3), San Francisco … Continue reading →

Week 15 AFC East game picks: 49ers at Patriots

Lead writer Nick St. Denis and AFC East Daily contributors Dan Begnoche and Sean Donovan pick the New England Patriots' primetime showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.Nick's take:The Patriots are up against their toughest task to date, which we said last week. Remember how that went? The 49ers are a much better team than the Texans, though, starting with the best scoring...

Kap: 'It's a little bit crazy, a bit surreal'

Coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick give their takes on the game after the 49ers’ classic 41-34 victory over New England Patriots.

San Francisco 49ers versus New England Patriots points spread, line and odds

The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots will face one another in a highly anticipated game Sunday evening. Scheduled for a 8:20 pm EST kickoff the two teams will play on NBC. As they usually do, New England (10-3) is storming though the AFC but their match-up against San Francisco (9-3-1) figure to be a closely fought contest. What is the points spread in the 49ers and Patriots...

Moss learned football 'A to Z' from Belichick

Randy Moss joined the New England Patriots five years ago thinking he knew a lot about football. Then, he began playing for Bill Belichick. Moss' mindset regarding his own football knowledge changed in a hurry. Only then did he learn the intricacies of his sport from ''A to Z,'' as the 49ers wide receiver now puts it.

Behind Enemy Lines: 49ers/Patriots, Part II

NinersDigest’s Craig Massei and PatriotsInsider’s Jon Scott go Behind Enemy Lines to take an inside look at 49ers/Patriots. Are we still seeing ‘Wow’ moments from Randy Moss? Why was the move made to Colin Kaepernick at QB? What’s behind SF’s rushing success? How will the 49ers stop Tom Brady, and is Brady up there with Joe Montana among the greatest QBs of all-time?...
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