0:38 4th quarter: 49ers 41, Patriots 34—Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 41-yard field goal as the Patriots raced down field to keep the game within reach. An onside attempt is up next
1:56 4th quarter: 49ers 41, Patriots 31—David Akers seals it with a 28-yard field goal against the Patriots, putting the game out of reach
2:45 4th quarter: 49ers 38, Patriots 31—Tom Brady couldn’t connect with Danny Woodhead on 4th-and-2 as the Patriots turned it over on downs. If the 49ers even kick a field goal, they’ll put the game out of reach.
3:09 4th quarter: 49ers 38, Patriots 31—On three straight runs, the Patriots held the 49ers to only seven yards, forcing the punt and what will surely be the pivotal game-tying drive. Stay in your seats for this one.
4:59 4th quarter: 49ers 38, Patriots 31—Tom Brady was sacked two times in a row, once by a helmet-less Ray McDonald and then again by Ricky Jean Francois who replaced Justin Smith on the 49ers’ defensive line. The Patriots were forced to punt.
6:25 4th quarter: 49ers 38, Patriots 31—The 49ers’ LaMichael James returned the kickoff 62 yards and on the very next play Colin Kaepernick threw a quick hitch to Michael Crabtree who turned it up field and ran away for a 38-yard touchdown with the Patriots’ Kyle Arrington in pursuit.
The 49ers just wrested the lead right back. But the Patriots’ offense seems to be clicking right now. This game is far from over
6:43 4th quarter: Patriots 31, 49ers 31—After being down 31-3, the Patriots have roared back to tie the game. Tom Brady hit Brandon Lloyd on a 53-yard pass to get into 49ers territory and Danny Woodhead ran in a 1-yard touchdown to even up the score. This will be considered an epic collapse by the 49ers.
9:56 4th quarter: 49ers 31, Patriots 24—The Patriots defense held up again, helped in part by a self-destructing 49ers team. The 49ers were flagged for an illegal hands to the face by G Alex Boone, forcing the team into a desperate 3d-and-22 situation. They went four plays before punting. The Patriots can now tie the game up.
12:13 4th quarter: 49ers 31, Patriots 24—Helped by a pass interference call on the 49ers’ Tarrell Brown, Tom Brady threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez after driving 66 yards in 1:04. Brady showed a little fire earlier, yelling at referee Ed Hochuli for allowing a 49ers timeout in the middle of his no-huddle offense. It’s now a one-touchdown game
13:27 4th quarter: 49ers 31, Patriots 17—This could be the makings of a comeback. The Patriots held the 49ers to a three-and-out. Colin Kaepernick couldn’t connect with LaMichael James on a third down pass as San Francisco was forced to punt. The 49ers’ Justin Smith has an elbow injury. His return is questionable
14:58 4th quarter: 49ers 31, Patriots 17—The Patriots spread out the 49ers on the goal line and called a QB sneak for Tom Brady who dove in for a 1-yard touchdown. The Patriots surely needed it. They’re now down two touchdowns with a whole quarter of play left. The drive was 9 plays, 86 yards, in 3:41
3:39 3d quarter: 49ers 31, Patriots 10—The Patriots defense woke up. They held the 49ers to only four plays. It helped that Colin Kaepernick sailed a pass to Michael Crabtree on third down. But the Patriots will take whatever they can get at this point.
5:59 3d quarter: 49ers 31, Patriots 10—Danny Woodhead has taken over the rushing duties for the night. Woodhead touched the ball five times, including four rushes, before running in a 6-yard touchdown—the Patriots’ first touchdown of the game. The Patriots ran a harried 13-play, 73-yard drive in 4:22
10:26 3d quarter: 49ers 31, Patriots 3—Tom Brady threw an improbable interception to Aldon Smith after attempting a screen pass to Aaron Hernandez. The ball popped right out of Hernandez’s hands after he was hit and right into the clutches of Smith, who returned it six yards. On the very next play, Colin Kaepernick threw a 27-yard touchdown down the seam to Michael Crabtree
10:44 3d quarter: 49ers 24, Patriots 3—Another fumble by Stevan Ridley recovered by the 49ers’ Dashon Goldson. On the very next play, Frank Gore runs in a 3-yard touchdown on a botched play.
Goldson returned the fumble and raced 66 yards before being knocked out of bounds by Aaron Hernandez. Donte Whitner forced the fumble
11:37 3d quarter: 49ers 17, Patriots 3 -- On a deep pass intended for Randy Moss, Devin McCourty stepped in and intercepted the pass from Colin Kaepernick to end the 49ers’ second-half opening driveContinued...