Through it all San Francisco built a seemingly insurmountable 31-3 lead midway through the third quarter, then watched helplessly as
At that point there was still plenty of time left with 6:20 showing on the clock and the Patriots in possession at their own 25. Things started well enough as Brady hit
That’s where our key took juncture began. After failing to connect with
Vollmer switches with right guard
On the next snap, backup defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois flat out beats Solder wide as McDonald is once again coming from the inside, taking away any chance of Brady stepping up into the pocket. Francois buried Brady back at the 38 and the Patriots were forced to punt and the Niners got the ball back with less than five minutes left.
The consecutive sacks not only stopped the drive but they turned momentum back to the Niners. The Patriots pretty much had to be perfect down the stretch to win due to the limited time, and even though the defense responded with a stop, the desperation mode created forced the Patriots to go for it on fourth-and-one from their own 12, and ultimately they fell short.
In a game in which 75 points were scored, it was a pair of defensive plays that led San Francisco to victory.
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