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12/17/2012 - 2:01am
Brady: 'Just didn't give ourselves a chance'
By: WEEI

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, after his team's 41-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, faulted his team's poor execution and, in particular, its proclivity to turn over the ball in a Sunday night defeat. The Pats committed four turnovers, contributing to the team's 31-3 deficit mid-way through the third quarter.

"I had a feeling we'd be able to come back. We hung in there, we battled back from a 28-point deficit. We made too many mistakes when we needed to make the plays. It's a tough loss, but we've got to try to get some things corrected," said Brady. "We were turning the ball over. ... We just didn't even give ourselves a chance. 

"They're a very good team and a very good defense and they play hard. We just spotted them 28 points. We fought hard, but you can't play poorly against a good team and expect to win," he added.

As for New England's furious comeback, when the team reeled off 28 unanswered points,...

12/17/2012 - 1:10am
Comeback denied: Niners outlast Pats

FOXBORO -- Colin Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree on a 38-yard touchdown pass with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter to lead the 49ers past the Patriots, 41-34, Sunday night, spoiling what would have been the greatest comeback in team history. The Patriots scored 28 straight points to wipe out a 31-3 deficit with over 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

However, San Francisco responded with 10 straight points, and after a late Patriots field goal, the Niners recovered an onsides kick to seal the game. 

As a result, the Patriots saw their winning streak snapped at seven games and fell to 10-4 on the season. They dropped into the No. 3 spot in the AFC playoff picture behind No. 1 Houston and No. 2 Denver.

The Patriots lost for the first time in the second half of the season since losing at Houston on Jan. 3, 2010. The Patriots also lost the turnover battle for the first time this season and for the first time in 22 games, as Tom Brady...

12/16/2012 - 8:57pm
Randy Moss starts for Niners against Pats

FOXBORO -- Former Patriots star receiver Randy Moss will start at wide receiver with receiver Mario Manningham out for the second straight week with a shoulder injury. 

Moss has caught 21 passes on 36 targets for 326 yards and two touchdowns this season. 

Moss caught San Francisco's first touchdown Sunday night on a 24-yard touchdown pass down the left seam. 

Moss starred for the Patriots for three seasons (2007-09) before being traded to the Vikings in Oct. 2010. Moss caught an NFL-record 23 touchdowns in the 18-1 season of 2007 and caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII before the Giants came from behind to win the game in the final minute. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.


12/16/2012 - 7:56pm
Gronk inactive, Solder and Talib will play

FOXBORO -- Despite practicing on Friday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play and will sit out a fourth straight game recovering from a broken left forearm on Nov. 18 against the Colts. 

Gronkowski is one of six inactives for the Patriots, who are carrying only 52 players on the active roster heading into the game with San Francisco. In addition to Gronkowski, safety Derrick Martin, linebacker Tracy White, offensive lineman Markus Zusevics, defensive end Jake Bequette and defensive lineman Ron Brace are also inactive.

Aqib Talib - who injured his hip late in the first half against the Texans - is active and will play, as will starting left tackle Nate Solder, who appeared on the injury report on Friday with an abdomen injury. 

For the 49ers, wide receiver Mario Manningham and Tavares Gooden are the noteable inactives. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei....

12/16/2012 - 6:20pm
Anderson shines as BC edges UNH in OT

Ryan Anderson had 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead Boston College to a 61-59 victory over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.

BC (5-5) closed the second half on an 18-5 run to force overtime. BC then fell behind by five in OT before rallying. After going 0-for-19 from 3-point range in regulation, the Eagles hit 2-of-3 in the extra session -- the first by Lonnie Jackson and the second, which gave the hosts a 60-59 lead with 50 seconds left, by Olivier Hanlan. BC missed 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch but survived when UNH's Patrick Konan missed a 3-point try off the front rim at the buzzer.

Hanlan finished with 10 points, while Jackson had eight points and nine rebounds.

Ferg Myrick led UNH (4-6) with 21 points and eight rebounds. Chris Pelcher added 10 pooints and eight boards.

BC is off until next Saturday afternoon, when it hosts Providence.


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