|Last 3 Games||2-1||-1.1||2-1||2-1||23.7||9.0||345.0||(5.9)||1.0||16.7||5.7||270.0||(4.4)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||24.3||10.5||20.5||32:04||31-162||(5.3)||18-27||69.1%||199||(7.5)||57-360||(6.3)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.3||11.3||20.2||31:43||28-121||(4.4)||21-35||60.5%||228||(6.5)||62-349||(5.6)||(15.7)|
|Offense Road Games||24.2||11.2||19.7||32:47||32-154||(4.8)||18-26||69.8%||190||(7.2)||58-344||(5.9)||(14.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.2||6.2||16.8||30:13||25-91||(3.6)||21-34||59.9%||185||(5.4)||59-276||(4.6)||(19.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.8||10.9||19.2||30:14||27-117||(4.3)||21-34||60.4%||220||(6.4)||61-337||(5.5)||(15.5)|
|Defense Road Games||14.3||6.3||17.7||29:38||21-64||(3)||25-40||61.8%||212||(5.3)||62-277||(4.5)||(19.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.5||0.9||0.5||12-4||36.1%||1-0||57.1%||3-65||(25)||2-26||(10.5)||7-61|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.7||2||13-5||38.5%||1-0||54.3%||3-65||(23.7)||22-2||(9.8)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.3||0.7||1.0||0.7||12-5||40.0%||0-0||50.0%||1-50||(37.9)||3-27||(10.1)||9-73|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4|| ||13-4||31.4%||1-1||44.4%||3-78||(28.1)||2-16||(7.8)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||37.4%||1-0||50.3%||3-66||(24.6)||20-2||(9.1)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||0.8||1.7|| ||13-4||28.4%||2-1||40.0%||2-67||(26.9)||2-22||(11.2)||6-48|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||2-0||2-1||38.0||24.3||405.0||(5.8)||1.0||16.3||4.3||335.0||(5.5)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||36.3||19.5||27.8||30:55||33-140||(4.2)||25-38||64.0%||286||(7.4)||72-426||(5.9)||(11.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.9||11.5||20.1||31:42||28-120||(4.3)||21-35||59.0%||224||(6.4)||63-344||(5.5)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||36.0||18.0||27.5||30:33||33-139||(4.2)||24-38||63.6%||265||(7)||71-404||(5.7)||(11.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.1||9.1||21.8||29:39||26-101||(3.9)||24-37||63.4%||276||(7.4)||63-377||(6)||(17.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.7||10.6||19.3||30:17||28-118||(4.2)||20-34||59.8%||218||(6.5)||62-336||(5.4)||(15.5)|
|Defense Home Games||22.7||9.5||24.3||30:42||27-110||(4)||25-40||62.6%||273||(6.9)||67-384||(5.7)||(16.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.4||0.4||0.8||1.8||14-7||52.5%||0-0||33.3%||3-52||(20.6)||2-32||(13.6)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.8||14-5||37.8%||1-0||53.8%||3-62||(23.6)||26-2||(10.7)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.3||0.3||0.7||1.8||14-8||54.1%||0-0||0.0%||3-77||(23)||2-38||(17.5)||6-60|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||1.5||2.6|| ||13-5||41.7%||1-1||38.9%||4-72||(20.3)||1-7||(5.9)||7-61|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||37.3%||1-0||53.1%||3-67||(25.3)||24-2||(10.8)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||1.5||2.5|| ||13-6||46.9%||1-0||40.0%||3-67||(19.2)||1-5||(4.7)||6-57|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN FRANCISCO 20.4, NEW ENGLAND 18.9|
|11/25/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||31-21||W||-3||W||50||O||31-144||16-25-231||2||21-59||26-41-231||2|
|12/2/2012||@ ST LOUIS||13-16||L||-7.5||L||41||U||36-148||21-32-191||1||27-85||26-39-208||0|
|12/16/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/22/2012||@ NY JETS||49-19||W||-7||W||48.5||O||39-152||18-28-323||1||29-119||26-36-286||5|
|12/16/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: Despite adding firepower to their receiving corps, the Niners offense will still be based on the power running game. Their scheme is almost exclusively man blocking and almost all between the tackles. Due to the presence of youngsters Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, they're unlikely to run Frank Gore into the ground like they have in recent seasons. Assuming he beats out veteran Brandon Jacobs, Hunter is more of a traditional back-up, while James will be the change-of-pace back and should see a lot of his reps on passing downs. There's a good chance Jacobs will earn short-yardage duties. The Niners are also very run-heavy in the red zone, with Gore serving as the team's main option in goal-to-go situations. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have built a passing game that will work for quarterback Alex Smith. Most often Michael Crabtree is the first option, as they can get him isolated on the outside. Vernon Davis came on strong late once he picked up the offense, and he'll be used deeper down the middle of the field. Randy Moss will likely step into Braylon Edwards' seldom-used deep threat role. When they go three-wide, which is often, Mario Manningham will play the outside with Crabtree sliding into a slot. Crabtree is Smith's most frequent target in the red zone because of the attention Davis draws. The 49ers will, however, often force it to Davis in the middle of the field. The 49ers' defense is the complete package, with the league's best linebackers, a disruptive front four and an improving secondary. Justin Smith is arguably the NFL's most effective 3-4 DE'he's one of the best in the league at stopping the run and also has more pass-rushing ability than your average two-gap end, with 29.5 sacks over the past four seasons. The Niners' defensive scheme funnels ball carriers to Patrick Willis, which is why he consistently racks up more than 100 solo tackles per season. (He was on pace for 110 in 2011 before suffering a hamstring injury in Week 13.) Picking up the slack in Willis' absence was NaVorro Bowman, who was excellent in his first season as a starter. San Francisco also boasts an exceptional return game with speedy Ted Ginn Jr. one of those guys who's a threat to bring any returnable kick to the house. Ginn was obviously sorely missed in the NFC Championship Game, when ill-timed fumbles by second-string return man Kyle Williams essentially cost the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl. |
|NEW ENGLAND: Josh McDaniels returns to the role of offensive coordinator'he called plays for New England in 2007, a record-setting year for Tom Brady and the offense. But while he was gone the Patriots got more comfortable running the ball. Last year they ended up being middle of the pack in terms of run/pass split (41/59 vs. NFL average of 43/57). There will be plenty of work for the backs. The Patriots run a wide range of blocking schemes, but McDaniels strongly prefers a power scheme. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are expected to split duties as the primary ball carriers, and Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai will likely get spot duty on third downs. The Patriots use spread principles. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez are utilized frequently out of the slot underneath, while Rob Gronkowski is used as a field stretcher working up the seam. The return of McDaniels and addition of Brandon Lloyd means more deep shots. Lloyd is familiar with the playbook from his days under McDaniels in Denver and was very impressive during off-season workouts. Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney will primarily stay outside for spacing. The backs have been marginalized in the passing game with the emergence of Hernandez, but Woodhead is typically targeted a couple of times every week. While Gronkowski is frequently Brady's first option from about 10 yards out, they tend to use play-action and utilize Hernandez once they're closer to the goal line. The Patriots allow gobs of yardage, especially through the air, but they will also force a lot of turnovers and don't allow as many points as you'd expect of a defense that surrenders so many yards. DT Vince Wilfork is a monster in the middle, and the team is expected to have a better pass rush in 2012 with the expected contributions from rookies Chandler Jones and Donta' Hightower. Jerod Mayo was limited by a knee injury through most of 2011. As a three-down player who excels at stopping the run, there's no reason he can't top 100 solo tackles, even playing the weak side when New England uses a 4-3 look. Brandon Spikes was also slowed by a knee injury during most of 2011, but bounced back for an impressive 26 total tackles in three post-season games. Patrick Chung was en route to a career year statistically before a foot injury derailed him. He's at his best in the box, but is instinctive enough in pass coverage to make up for some of New England's deficiencies on the corners. If Mayo, Spikes and Chung can all remain healthy in 2012, the Patriots defense has a chance to be vastly improved. |
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*49ers-Patriots Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
In his second season, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl victory after taking over as the starting quarterback during the year.
Colin Kaepernick is hoping to pull off the same feat with the San Francisco 49ers.
Brady leads the Patriots' top-ranked offense on Sunday night when they host Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers' No. 1 scoring defense in a battle of division leaders.
New England (10-3), which will try for its 14th straight win in December and 21st straight at home during the month, has already won the AFC East title and trails Houston by one game for the conference's top seed.
San Francisco (9-3-1) can win the NFC West on Sunday with a win and a Seattle loss to Buffalo.
"It's a great opportunity to go out and show what we're capable of," Kaepernick said. "They're going to give you a lot of different looks on defense. You just have to be ready for it."
While New England went 11-3 in 2001 after Brady replaced the injured Drew Bledsoe in Week 2, the 49ers have won three of Kaepernick's four starts since Alex Smith suffered a concussion against St. Louis on Nov. 11.
Kaepernick was 18 of 23 for 185 yards in a 27-13 win over Miami on Sunday. He's completed 67.4 percent of his passes as a starter and averaged 8.3 yards per attempt.
Kaepernick showed off his running ability with a late 50-yard touchdown to seal the victory over the Dolphins. He's already third among NFL quarterbacks with 351 yards on the ground - 7.6 per carry - and five rushing touchdowns.
"There are definitely things that we're doing that tailor the offense to his skill set," coach Jim Harbaugh said.
The Patriots have done plenty to tailor their prolific offense around Brady. A week after throwing just one touchdown pass as New England clinched the East in Miami, the two-time MVP threw for 296 yards and a season high-tying four TDs in a 42-14 rout of the Texans on Monday night.
Brady has thrown for 29 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season, including 19 with only one pick during the team's seven-game winning streak.
"It needs to come together now," Brady said. "This is the perfect time for it. We can't wait any longer."
After holding the Texans' imposing front seven to just one sack and keeping AFC sack leader J.J. Watt off the board, the Patriots face a San Francisco defense that features linebacker Aldon Smith, who has an NFL-high 19 1/2 sacks and is three shy of tying Michael Strahan's single-season record.
The 49ers lead the NFL in scoring defense (14.2 points per game), but the Patriots have the NFL's highest-scoring offense (36.3) and have put up 42 or more points in four of their past six games.
Brady will try to make the most of a banged-up receiving corps after Donte' Stallworth (ankle) and Julian Edelman (foot) were placed on injured reserve this week.
As a result, the team re-signed Deion Branch for the second time this season.
With tight end Rob Gronkowski also out with a broken forearm, Aaron Hernandez stepped up nicely with eight catches for 58 yards and two scores against Houston.
Stevan Ridley will try to continue to give the Patriots a solid option in the running game after scoring a touchdown in six consecutive contests.
The 49ers, though, have given up just three rushing scores - tied for the league lead. They're also tied for second in rushing defense at 90.8 yards per game.
"We're going to be able to see where we are as a defense," safety Donte Whitner said. "We understand who's going to have to win that football game, and we think it's going to be the defense."
The Patriots' defense has improved the past two weeks, allowing an average of 300.0 yards after yielding 390.2 yards per game through their first 11 contests.
The 49ers would love to get star tight end Vernon Davis more involved after he's totaled three catches for 19 yards in the last three games.
San Francisco, though, doesn't figure to shy away from its versatile running game. Behind 1,000-yard rusher Frank Gore, the 49ers rank second in the league at 161.5 yards per game.
They'll want to wear down the Patriots, who rank eighth against the run (100.8) after holding Houston's Arian Foster to 46 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
"We know we're a good defense here," Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty said. "We know we've played really well the last couple of weeks and the biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that."
New England looks for its fourth straight victory against San Francisco, winning the last meeting 30-21 with Matt Cassel under center on Oct. 5, 2008.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 9:03:46 PM EST|