Best comeback that came up short
Coming off a 28-point victory over the 11-1 Texans in Week 14, the Patriots entered their matchup with the tough, talented 49ers six days later as the consensus best-team-at-the-moment in the NFL. But such accolades proved fleeting quickly against the Niners, who took a 31-3 lead early in the third quarter.
Rather than chalk it up as a tough loss on a short week to a very good team, the Patriots showed their mettle, rallying with extraordinary efficiency, scoring 28 points in a span of 14 minutes and 17 seconds to tie the score at 31.
The Niners ultimately prevailed, 41-34, but the Patriots’ determination left us with one sentiment above all else: here’s hoping for a rematch Feb. 3 in New Orleans.