The 49ers will head to New England on Friday afternoon with heavy hearts following the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
Both teams feature two of the best football minds in the game in Jim Harbaugh and Bill Belichick. As Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted, both Harbaugh and Belichick have respect for each other.
“During Harbaugh’s 15-year playing career, he opposed a Belichick-led team only once,” Inman wrote. “Although Harbaugh’s Indianapolis Colts lost 21-14 at home to Belichick’s Cleveland Browns in 1994, Harbaugh passed for 194 yards — and ran for a career-high 63 yards.”
Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle labeled the Patriots matchup as a measuring stick for the 49ers.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee previews the big contest between AFC and NFC heavyweights.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle examined the fast-paced New England offense.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed the history between Aldon Smith and Patriots tackle Nate Solder.
Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group wrote that Greg Roman has a big opportunity to shine on the primetime stage.
Inman shared the story of the wristbands being passed around by the defense.
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com noted the quality rushing attack of New England.
Tom E. Curran of CSNNewEngland.com shared comments from Tom Brady regarding fellow Michigan man Harbaugh.
Maiocco spoke to scout team receiver Chad Hall about mimicking Wes Welker in practice.
Barrows passed along comments from Greg Roman about learning the Pistol offense from Nevada coach Chris Ault.
49ers.com’s coverage included a look at Aldon Smith, his charitable efforts, another Throwback Thursday and Roman’s thoughts on the Patriots defense. Scott Kegley and Taylor Price broke down the matchup in the latest Cover 2 presented by AAA and we also brought you press passes from Roman, Vic Fangio and NaVorro Bowman.
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