Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/13/12
When the San Francisco 49ers travels to New England this weekend, linebacker Aldon Smith's pursuit of the NFL single-season sack record will take a backseat as the team is worried about slowing down Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Some are more worried than others. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio didn't hold back in his compliments of the Patriots offense. "They're not only the top rated offense in the league, they're way ahead of who's in second in all the important stats, too," he said. "It's not like they're just a little bit ahead of team two in a lot of the stats. So, they're very impressive and they have been for a long time with (QB Tom) Brady as the quarterback." Fangio pointed out New England's first down total (361) is by far the most in the league, ranking 42 ahead of Detroit. For comparison, San Francisco's 266 first downs ranks 13th in the NFL. Smith was much more direct in his thoughts of how the 49ers defense stacks up. "We can stop them," he said. Smith ...
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