Following last night’s momentous 41-34 road victory against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, the 49ers took a red eye, cross-country flight from Providence, R.I. to SFO that landed about 7 a.m. It was one of the biggest regular season wins in the Harbaugh era, thanks to a complete team effort. Explosive touchdowns and big-time turnovers marked the win for the 49ers, who are now 10-3-1 and one victory away from claiming the NFC West title.
Albert Breer of NFL.com was in Foxborough on Sunday night and wrote that San Francisco proved its mettle against the tough opponent in a hostile environment
“The circumstances were what made this one different, and divine, for a Niners group that has been a bear to deal with for everyone since the minute Jim Harbaugh walked in the door,” Breer wrote. “There was the aforementioned weather. There was the juncture at which they were facing the Patriots, maybe the hottest team in the league over the past month. Then there was the game itself.”
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best coverage from the Week 15 thriller, and explains why the 49ers are the best team to use in Madden 2013.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated featured the 49ers-Patriots matchup in his latest Monday Morning Quarterback column.
Mark Kreigel of NFL Total Access on NFL Network says that San Francisco is the best team in the league.
EA Sports Tips and Tricks labeled the 49ers as the best team to use in 2013 Madden.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com passed along the 4th grade letter from Colin Kaepernick in which he wrote he wanted to play for the 49ers.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports examined the quality teams of both the 49ers and Patriots.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com wrote that the 49ers beat the Patriots at their own game.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com recapped the playoff berth-clinching 49ers victory.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about the back-and-forth nature of the exciting win.
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the calm demeanor of Kaepernick as he guided the 49ers to victory.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group said the 49ers-Patriots game was an instant classic.
Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group described the good and the bad of the 49ers victory.
Inman spoke to LaMichael James about his game-changing, 62-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarters.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com noted that the 49ers and Seahawks lead the league in average field position this year.
Sando also wrote about the NFC West containing Tom Brady this season.
Lowell Cohn on the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was impressed with the 49ers’ ability to fight through adversity.
Ashley Fox of ESPN.com wrote that the 49ers withstood the elements to claim an impressive victory.
49ers.com’s coverage included a recap of the 41-34 win (video / story / photos), a look at Kaepernick’s evening and the effort put together on defense and special teams. Scott Kegley and Taylor Price also broke down the Week 15 win in the latest Cover 2 presented by AAA, and we brought you highlights and press passes from Jim Harbaugh and Kaepernick.
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