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Tom Brady: We kind of gave game to 49ers after tying it up

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The Patriots made a remarkable comeback from 31-3 down on Sunday night to tie the game with less than seven minutes to play.

It didn’t take long for the 49ers to answer back. LaMichael James had a huge kickoff return after the tying score and then Michael Crabtree took a short pass and turned it into a 38-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the drive to put the 49ers up 38-31. They would wind up winning 41-34 as the Patriots offense failed to score on their next two drives and quarterback Tom Brady was left to lament the missed opportunity during a radio interview with WEEI on Monday.

“We kind of gave it to them at that point,” Brady said, via the Boston Herald. “We didn’t do anything on offense, and we didn’t put up the kind of fight that I wish we would have been able to.”

The 49ers surely feel they took it from the Patriots at that point in the game. James and Crabtree made big individual plays and the defense came up with consecutive sacks to halt a Patriots offensive drive at midfield after retaking the lead on Crabtree’s catch.

The start of the game, where the Patriots dug themselves a massive hole, was a bigger issue than the end. Erasing a 28-point deficit was impressive, but the game ultimately got away from the Patriots while they were watching it get built in the first place.

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124 Responses to “Tom Brady: We kind of gave game to 49ers after tying it up”
  1. rushmatic says: Dec 17, 2012 11:50 AM

    If there should be a Super Bowl between these two teams, at least we know it would be interesting. Although New England’s road likely now goes through a wild card team, which is never easy.

  2. rjguerra says: Dec 17, 2012 11:50 AM

    Very entertaining game to watch. 49ers offense looked good, Patriots secondary not so good.

  3. mazblast says: Dec 17, 2012 11:51 AM

    Mr. Bundchen is normally more gracious than this. I guess all these consecutive years of not hoisting the Lombardi Trophy again are getting to him.

  4. coutre says: Dec 17, 2012 11:51 AM

    This is a good loss for the Pats…they need something like this so they don’t get overconfident in the playoffs and lose again.

  5. wamj2008 says: Dec 17, 2012 11:51 AM

    The Patriots sure were in a Christmas spirit last night. First they spread the holiday cheer to the Niners fans, then they spread it to the Patriots fans, and then they gave it back to the Niners fans while their own fans ended up with a lump of coal.

  6. nebster21 says: Dec 17, 2012 11:51 AM

    Wow Mr. Brady. You guys gave it to them. They did not win it. Good Sportsmanship there.

  7. angrycorgi says: Dec 17, 2012 11:52 AM

    Stay classy, New England.

  8. pudgalvin says: Dec 17, 2012 11:55 AM

    It must be nice to be Tom Brady. You can spike the ball in the middle of the field and then berate the referee for having the nerve to grant a timeout to the other team, despite the fact that there were approximately 38 coaches and players calling for the timeout. And then as a makeup, the refs gift him a touchdown on as bad a pass interference call as you’ll ever see. Imagine if Jay Cutler had spiked the ball like that and screamed at the refs.

  9. cervetta12 says: Dec 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    In the very few times this guy loses he always manages to find an excuse, Is it just me or did any1 else notice after each 1 of these losses Mr. Brady has he does a quick 50 yard sprint into the tunnell without shaking hands with the opposing QB as soon as the clock hits 0:00

  10. jm91rs says: Dec 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    Of course it is the job of this site to repeat his statement, but a bunch of clowns are about to turn that into a slight on the 49ers. It’s what everyone says after a frustrating game. The patriots at one point owned the 9ers, after being owned for the first half. When you’re going so well and you just turn it off all of a sudden they are bound to feel like they let it slip away. So go ahead and freak out like Brady is whining, it’s what commenters here do best

  11. 1phd says: Dec 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    Nothing wrong with ‘giving’ – it’s that time of the year and ’tis always better to give than receive. Which of course means that the Niners, ‘took’ – as in took it to the ‘givers.’

  12. bigsuede says: Dec 17, 2012 11:59 AM

    Or- the patriots just aren’t that good and overblown only due to how close they are to Bristol.

    The game I watched. The niners played incredibly sloppy- losing balls on qb snaps 4 times- twice killing drives. I saw a SF kicker miss an easy field goal. I witnessed the niners take the foot off the gas playing zone defense when the man D was doing the job. I witnessed the niners running the ball over and over killing time and Belicheck figuring they would run to kill clock.

  13. supremekingz says: Dec 17, 2012 12:00 PM

    Lost in all the admiration of Brady’s potential comeback, was the fact that the 49ers honestly could have had a Seahawks-style lead on the Pats in the 1st half. I mean 31-3 in the 3rd is pretty good, but it honestly could have been 50-3 in the third.

    Excellent game by both teams, but my 49ers have proven that we can win shootouts, and we went into Foxboro in December with atrocious weather and a guy under center for his 4th start against the #1 offense on primetime and came away with a win.

    Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.

  14. strokeytheclown says: Dec 17, 2012 12:01 PM

    Is this Brady’s ” They didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves.” moment?

  15. joetoronto says: Dec 17, 2012 12:01 PM

    As good as the 49ers are on defense, they got exposed last night to an extent.

  16. mrjafriver says: Dec 17, 2012 12:02 PM

    It was a great game!!

  17. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 17, 2012 12:04 PM

    Speaking of giving Tom – Hochuli’s crew did some giving too. That 4th quarter pass interference on Tarell Brown was a 60 yard gift wrapped TD on a hopelessly un-catchable ball. The Delanie Walker “catch” and fumble in the 1st quarter was RIDICULOUS! They also gave Alex Boone a phantom hands-to-the-face when the replay completely disputed the call. But the capper had to be not ONE holding call on the Pats in 65 passing attempts! I counted 5 blatant holds from my couch.

    The stripes tried their best to give you the win Tom. In the end, you were outplayed in your own yard by Colin Kaepernick. You lost Tom! Close only counts in horseshoes & hand grenades

  18. dmartin17 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:05 PM

    Semantic arguement. Took vs Gave doesn’t matter.

    The 49rs should be very disappointed in this game. They had the chance to put away the pats early and instead let them come back and had to get 2 big plays to win.

  19. remyje says: Dec 17, 2012 12:05 PM

    Sorry Brady, you couldn’t give the refs that look and make things go your way, bro.

  20. polegojim says: Dec 17, 2012 12:05 PM

    True Dat Tom… but he’s being gracious.

    The O did their part at that point… the D and Special Teams… not so much.

    That said… the O/turnovers dug the hole in the first place… so NO PATS were clean in that loss.

  21. u4iadman says: Dec 17, 2012 12:06 PM

    Spectacular game, two very good teams.
    Surprised to see Brady miss quite a few passes when it mattered most.

  22. daknight93 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:06 PM

    I just think that is poor sportmanship by Brady and just admit that you loss to a better team lastnite and keep it moving! no sympathy from me Tom, Ridley fumbled twice, 1 pick from Tom, Pats D-coordinator calls a boneheaded cover 0 all out blitz which made no sense and got burned for a touchdown by Crabtree..Tom, 49ers were better team lastnite and you loss to a 2nd yr quarterback..get over it!

  23. bweavs says: Dec 17, 2012 12:07 PM

    I was impressed that we even made it a game. 1-1 over the last two is OK with me. Its a non conference loss against a really good team and perhaps a wake up call for us heading into the playoffs. Bill loves these kind of games for coaching reasons. We could have just given up and instead made a run at it. Hopefully we see them again! Go Pats!

  24. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 17, 2012 12:08 PM

    While there is no way to have 1 scapegoat for the evening: special teams choked big time all night. The Pats lost 20+ yards in field position in mindless punt return penalties. The LaMichael James return after a comeback like that was unforgivable. There was no one there to challenge Ginn for the ball when he bobbled that return. And even though I call it the worst onside kick I’ve ever seen every time Gostkowski kicks an onsider… that was the worst onside kick I’ve ever seen.

  25. JackAcid says: Dec 17, 2012 12:10 PM

    The Niners missed at least 2 TDs in the first half. Not impressed with Fangio’s conservative defense in the third quarter.

    I give Brady credit — when they got to 24 points, I really thought the Pats would win. He is the last QB you want trying to mount a ferocious comeback.

    But in reality, this was the Niners game to lose from the opening kickoff, not Brady’s.

    This would make a compelling rematch if they met in February.

  26. dontcensormebiatches says: Dec 17, 2012 12:11 PM

    Man can 9ers fans be obnoxious. Complaining about the calls? Really?
    The Pats GAVE the ball to the 9ers how many times in their own red area? That just doesn’t happen. Can’t wait to see the rematch and watch
    the gansta 9ers fans have their yaps shut by TBrady.

  27. overweightman says: Dec 17, 2012 12:12 PM

    Why don’t you spike the ball and cry about it Tom Baby

  28. richwizl says: Dec 17, 2012 12:17 PM

    Quit whining about the PI call on SF and be happy about the one that wasn’t called on a sure TD to Branch except the 9er had his left arm around Deon’s waist, while waving his right hand in his face and shoving him. That early TD would have changed the whole game.

  29. oreo51 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:21 PM

    It is probably too much to expect Tom Brady to bring his team back twice in the fourth quarter. Only super stars like Russell Wilson do stuff like that.

  30. soforizo says: Dec 17, 2012 12:25 PM

    The Pats had 86 offensive plays and not ONE holding penalty, not one. Brady is also able to spike the ball next to a ref and berate him without getting a flag.

    Seems to me like Brady should have little to complain about.

  31. stangz11 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    One heck of a game for sure, and considering the Broncos remaining schedule they should get the 1st round bye. That said, I really thought the Patriots were going to pull it off. Once they tied it though that defense was just put to shame. 2 plays and a touchdown? Really? It’s pretty shameful that your offense can score 34 points and you still lose the game in the end

  32. bubba99m says: Dec 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    Not a good game but certainly an exciting one. Was a good example of the best and worst of both teams. The Pats are not as bad as they played in the first half and not as good as they did in the second. Similarly, the Niners are not as dominant as they appeared in the first half, nor as easy as they looked in the second. There is much to be learned from this by both teams, albeit subject to the field conditions. These are two very very good teams, who should be favored to meet again. Sarcastic and immature comments about Brady do nothing to change the fact that both teams feel some disappointment today. A rematch in the Superbowl could (and should) be as good as advertised.

  33. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 17, 2012 12:29 PM

    All the babies complaining about the calls missed a hell of a football game.

  34. gweetarman says: Dec 17, 2012 12:32 PM

    The Pats road to the Super Bowl now goes through Denver. Good luck with that. The broncos are a far different team than they were early in the year….and manning has bested Tom in most of their meetings in recent….RECENT years. Super Bowl: Denver vs. Green Bay.

  35. patriotinvasion says: Dec 17, 2012 12:34 PM

    No excuses from this Patriots fan. San Fran came into Gillette and put a whoopin on us for 2 1/2 quarters.

    That said, the Patriots were without one of the top 10 forces in the game in Gronk against the best defense in football.

    If these teams have the privilege of playing again in New Orleans, I’m taking New England with a healthy 2 TE set and trust they won’t turn it over 4 times. We’ll see.

  36. bosfaninva says: Dec 17, 2012 12:34 PM

    I’m not upset as much about losing this game, due to the number of freak plays, as I am about the Pats now likely having to travel to Denver for a divisional round game.

  37. twreck13 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:36 PM

    If I was a pats fan I’d just be thrilled they fought back and didn’t roll over like the texans

  38. oaktown49er says: Dec 17, 2012 12:39 PM

    Fact of the matter is, the Niners made a lot of mistakes and the Pats made a lot of mistakes. The fumbles and picks the Niners D and Pats D got were earned. If you want to be a great team you have to take those opportunities and make something out of them, SF did that more. Most of the people hating on the Pats are not 49er fans and most of the people hating on the 49ers are not Pats fans. These are two very good teams, we saw that last night.

  39. bigblue5611 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:40 PM

    49ers let up with the big lead then crybaby Brady pads his stats when San Fran is playing soft. But what happens at end of game when Brady needed another score and 49ers were playing harder he couln’t even get a first down. Pats going nowhere and Brady wll cry again

  40. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Dec 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    New England’s fate in the playoffs will be tied to three words: DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE. Belichick should let McDaniels and Brady do their own thing on offense, and concentrate almost exclusively on coaching the defense, which needs to become much more PHYSICAL in the post season. A classic, textbook example of what I’m talking about can be seen in Donte Whitner’s forced fumble on Ridley, which arguably resulted less from a lack of ball security by Ridley and more from Whitner putting his head on the ball. The Patriots’ defense needs to play with an ATTITUDE. The Patriots’ defense needs to play with a CHIP ON ITS SHOULDER. The Patriots’ defense needs to play SMASH MOUTH football.

  41. 1nationraidernation says: Dec 17, 2012 12:45 PM

    sorry Tom, you gave them the game way before you tied it up.

  42. hoopieguy says: Dec 17, 2012 12:46 PM

    I hope it was a preview of the super bowl. That was a hellava game. The hoodie would be much more ready in the Super Bowl……..

  43. ejudge44 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:53 PM

    If you hear the whole interview, Brady gives the niners props for being the best D in the league and that they deserved to win the game. They are just taking one quote out of context… Entertaining game, both sides sloppy, but San Fran made some critical plays when it counted…

  44. 16x8equal49ers says: Dec 17, 2012 12:58 PM

    49ers showed resilience. A lot of points were left out on the field. Executed well to get turnovers but couldn’t punch it through in the 1st qtr. It very easily could have been 21-0 in the 1st qtr and 31-3 at halftime. I was happy to see that the niners didn’t comitt many penalties and weren’t faced w/ too many 3rd downs, two things they have struggled w/ under Harbuagh. Oh and damn Brady is good only him & Manning could comeback from 28 down in less than a full 2nd half.

  45. flash1283 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:00 PM

    gweetarman says:
    Dec 17, 2012 12:32 PM
    The Pats road to the Super Bowl now goes through Denver. Good luck with that. The broncos are a far different team than they were early in the year….and manning has bested Tom in most of their meetings in recent….RECENT years. Super Bowl: Denver vs. Green Bay.

    Uh no they are not!
    Still the same players on Denvers defense that does not match up well with NE.

    The Patriots put 30 or more points on them 3 times in less than a year and a half, including 45 in Denver last season.

    Not to mention the fact that Denver has not played a team with a real QB in the last 9 weeks.

    Please, a Jack Del Rio led defense.

  46. brutus9448 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:00 PM

    I think the tragedy in NewTown had an effect on the play of both the pats and the giants. Mentally they weren’t focused on the games last weekend. And I don’t blame them. This is just a game.

  47. sixjak says: Dec 17, 2012 1:01 PM

    You kinda got beat by the 9ers.

  48. nicepak381 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:03 PM

    It always hurts to lose a close game, but I am very proud of the way The Patriots rebounded from an abysmal first half and scored 28 unanswered points against the best team in the NFC. Now, their road to the SB will be much more difficult but, if any team is up to the task, The Patriots are.

  49. tim3711 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:06 PM

    Wow. Alot of Brady haters. Guess all of your teams QB’s could easily turn around a 28 point deficit in less than on quarter against the best D in the league huh? I had no idea. I guess over 400yds passing with welker having only 5 catches and your best TE is on the bench can be done by anyone yes? I’m sure Tom will further explain how terrible he is giving games away and how the Pats are not a good team while he’s accepting his MVP award.

  50. hawks1124 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:12 PM

    Tom Brady and Jim Humbug are perhaps the two biggest babies in the NFL. They hate too lose, and are constantly yapping about something. 49ers were already built with the exception of Lupati, and Bowman, but Singletary was just a horrible HC. What does Jim have to complain about?

  51. kleppnasty says: Dec 17, 2012 1:13 PM

    As a 9ers fan I’m really not that offended by his comments. People freak out too much about this whole “we gave it to them” being an insult. Every team thinks they are good enough to win any game, and you can argue that most big plays (turnover, big yardage, touchdown) are more often the fault of one team rather than the good play of another. That is why the “undefendable” plays are so amazing, b/c they’re rarer than the big play off of a mistake.
    In the end, that outcome was best for both teams. A blowout win by the 9ers would give them too big of heads, while losing the game after a 28 point lead might kill SF (see the Chargers post Denver game) and give NE too much confidence that they can just show up for a half and that’s enough. This game showed both teams could have won while also showing both teams have lots to work on before the playoffs.

  52. ninerdynasty says: Dec 17, 2012 1:13 PM

    joetoronto says: Dec 17, 2012 12:01 PM

    As good as the 49ers are on defense, they got exposed last night to an extent.
    ————————————————
    Yeah, now all the other brady’s in the league know what to do.. start losing by a lot so that the niners D starts playing softer.. yup.. you got it! you’re genius! hahaha.. what else could I expect from a sour raider fan!

  53. the1849ers says: Dec 17, 2012 1:14 PM

    Um, No. We kind of took it from you. Its not like you didn’t have 11 guys on the field just like us. Got out-played. Sorry pretty boy.

  54. thegaterecords says: Dec 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    When Brady spiked the ball in anger in the 4th & started yelling – is that something players would usually get penalized on? Players? Yes. Immortals with perfect cheekbones? No.

  55. patriots87 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:21 PM

    c’mon people, this is one statement from an entire interview. if you listen to the whole thing he did credit the 9ers for a good game. thats what the patriots do. the second matchup (superbowl) if there is one, i think welker will be more prepared to be held every play.

  56. majikbullet says: Dec 17, 2012 1:22 PM

    CryBrady always looks mediocre if he doesn’t have all day to throw. He’s still a little better than Cassell.

    Congrats 49ers, the Fail Mary looks like it’ll give you a first round bye.

  57. sammythehair says: Dec 17, 2012 1:27 PM

    I think one could also say niners almost gave it away by switching to soft zone in third quarter too there Tom!

  58. dirtyjersey9er says: Dec 17, 2012 1:27 PM

    You gave the 49ers the game? Well I guess with Justin Smith out for all but one play in the second half and Fangio giving yout receivers a 10 yard cushion during that comeback that means the 49ers gave you all those points then?

  59. hehateme2 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:28 PM

    “Man can 9ers fans be obnoxious. Complaining about the calls? Really?”

    Pot… meet kettle.

  60. str8up12 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    Last night’s game answered the question everyone’s been asking. ” How did the Pats lose to Arizona at home?”. Turn the ball over in your own end and play poorly on special teams. Fun game and props to SF for playing hard and taking advantage. Gonna be a great tournament.

  61. artvandalay58 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    Kap isn’t getting enough credit. Niners were tough but not crisp. they left a lot of points on the field. Biggest concern is Akers being bipolar this year…

  62. blackbug99 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    They are a proud team and have had their share of victory. Brady and Belichick wont last forever…..I dont see the Pats going far this yr

  63. flash1283 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:42 PM

    Even in victory the 49ers fans are making excuses, “the only reason they came back is because we went into soft zone”.

    You know why, because they were tired!!
    They couldn’t keep up the pace.

    Why is it so hard for people to just give credit?
    Was it not a good effort by NE to come back from that far down to that D?

  64. kingcrusher says: Dec 17, 2012 1:42 PM

    I had mixed emotions about this one. I’m a 9er fan, but truth be told, I HATE our coach. He should be drug tested! lol
    I thought Kap’s 4 fumbles, 1 int, coupled with his great play showed that he’s got a ways to go still (but when he gets more control, watch out!) and that I still believe Smith would have been better overall for the remainder of this season, then let Kap take over as the starter next season and allow him to carve his own path to glory, rather than riding on the path that Smith paved for the majority of this season.
    Part of me was cheering for a patriot comeback, just to give Jim H. a heart attack (and spitting attack).
    Overall, great game. Was incredibly fun to watch!

  65. thegaterecords says: Dec 17, 2012 1:42 PM

    “So you’re telling me I prepared for the 49ers since November for nothing?” – Tom Brady

  66. jason49er says: Dec 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    49ers defeated Brady, Brees, and Rodgers this season.

    No matter what their records are that’s legit right there.

  67. explosionsauce says: Dec 17, 2012 1:47 PM

    Brady should be fined for his temper tantrum. Spiking the ball like that should’ve been a delay of game.

  68. 1standinches says: Dec 17, 2012 1:49 PM

    Come on Tom.. You got beat fair and square deal with it, somebody is actually better than yall

  69. situsavaisprier says: Dec 17, 2012 1:52 PM

    Thumbs up, thumbs down it doesn’t matter but this is the truth. There are people that have another favorite but really see that Brady’s statement was just that. It was whining or anything. Most Patriots fans of course see that and defend him.

    Now I ask all of you to think about this. Remove Brady, and insert either your QB or face of your favorite team. Then pick a game where your team turned the ball over early, came back to tie the game after a big deficit only to lose at the end. Now think about how would you react if you saw a quote like this from that player. I doubt if it was your team you wouldn’t be saying “you want some cheese with that whine?” or “stay classy” or whatever people say.

  70. devouredbychaos says: Dec 17, 2012 1:55 PM

    lolwut best D in the league gives up 28 straight points after essentially having the game in hand??? Good luck if we meet each other again. I love the excuse of how the 49ers D played soft in the second half. As a Pats fan the loss doesn’t bother me. Winning in the playoffs is the only goal from here on out.

  71. sjhesketh says: Dec 17, 2012 2:15 PM

    Brady should be fined for his temper tantrum. Spiking the ball like that should’ve been a delay of game.

    ********************************************

    A timeout had already been called. Noting to delay.

  72. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 17, 2012 2:15 PM

    It seems as if the 49ers are the best team in the league.
    They are dominant.

    Unfortunately the last 5 years the superbowl winner has not been the one that was dominant in the regular season.

  73. billb49 says: Dec 17, 2012 2:16 PM

    As a Niner fan who has always liked Brady, I have to say he wasn’t very gracious in defeat. Plus, why doesn’t that hissyfit he threw at the ref draw an unsportsmanlike conduct flag. I’ve seen those flags thrown for guys looking at other players the wrong way or flipping the ball that happens to hit an opposing player. Come on. And, Patriots fans don’t seem to be able to credit the Niners defense for any of those turnovers. I saw Whitner put a helmet on that ball – that wasn’t a Patriots mistake, it was an awesome defensive play. I saw a huge hit on the Patriots tight end who alligator armed his next play resulting in another turnover. I’m just saying it’s not just that the Patriots made mistakes. A very physical defense caused a few of those mistakes. And, memo to Patriots fans: here’s how you know it was going conservative on defense that was at least partly responsible for the Patriots come back (they’re also an awesome offense) – when the game got tied, the Niners went back to their aggressive style and stopped the Patriots cold again.

  74. sjhesketh says: Dec 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    Yeah, now all the other brady’s in the league know what to do.. start losing by a lot so that the niners D starts playing softer.. yup.. you got it! you’re genius! hahaha.. what else could I expect from a sour raider fan!

    ***********************************************

    Were they playing soft as the lead shrunk from 28 to 21 to 14 to 7 and then to 0 points? I think not.

    The Pats hung 500+ yards on the #1 defense in the league last night. Special teams play really did them in in the end.

  75. jibberator says: Dec 17, 2012 2:18 PM

    AND….if the pats won they would say it was a missed opportunity and the offense didnt do anything in the second half and just gave up points..yeah Brady. Maybe you should play better in the first half.

  76. killitandeatit says: Dec 17, 2012 2:26 PM

    Hey Tommy, you lost after the officials did everything they possibly could to keep you in the game. Brady is just another spoiled brat q.b. who should have been flagged for an unsportsmanlike after spiking the ball on the field of play.

  77. japmen says: Dec 17, 2012 2:27 PM

    Brady sure did give it to the niners! I mean he did throw several ints, several almost ints, and some other poor throws. It had nothing to do with their top defense at all or Kaep and Co. slicing up their D all day.

    But if you have to blame someone Tommie, you can blame yourself.

  78. situsavaisprier says: Dec 17, 2012 2:30 PM

    The Patriots deserve credit for hanging in there and coming back. However, the 49ers really did play softer on defense. The announcers even said that, not the fans or posters on here. They pointed out how the 49ers were playing man to man across the board and then they went to a soft zone. Anyone who watched the game and actually listened heard it as it was said more than once.

  79. immafubared says: Dec 17, 2012 2:38 PM

    Great comeback. San Fran

  80. matt8204 says: Dec 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    Even though they didn’t finish the comeback, the Pats showed just how difficult they will be to play against. They easily could have said “Hey, we won seven straight, this just isn’t our night” when it was 31-3.

  81. immafubared says: Dec 17, 2012 2:41 PM

    What a defensvie struggle that game was.

  82. immafubared says: Dec 17, 2012 2:43 PM

    what a game

  83. seahawkbias says: Dec 17, 2012 2:43 PM

    Hey this sounds familiar….

    Hey Tommy, You mad bro???

  84. indianbob says: Dec 17, 2012 2:48 PM

    Niners had ROOKIE QB, …a rookie…, who laid 41 points and 4 TD passes on the “3 Super Bowl Champion Patriots! !!!”
    Can’t wait ’till he gets a few years of experience.

  85. RexCanCoach says: Dec 17, 2012 2:48 PM

    The patriots don’t deserve a bye week, they were handed a win to the Bills at home and if the Jets can catch 1 pass in 4Q the Pats are an 8-6 team this season.

  86. sschmiggles says: Dec 17, 2012 2:49 PM

    “The game I watched. The niners played incredibly sloppy- losing balls on qb snaps 4 times- twice killing drives.”
    _______________________

    You could say the same thing about the Patriots in the first half. They had a ton of uncharacteristic turnovers and mistakes, but people ignore those because it’s the Patriots and not some “good guy” team like SF.

    Neither of these teams played their best game last night, especially on defense. Could not believe the Patriots actually tied up the game after being down 31-3. This is the best D in the NFL.

  87. snargi01 says: Dec 17, 2012 2:50 PM

    No one is even mentioning the fact that the 49ers scored more points against the Patriots than any other opponent this season, win or loss.

  88. mrreality1 says: Dec 17, 2012 2:51 PM

    “cervetta12 says:
    Dec 17, 2012 11:58 AM
    In the very few times this guy loses he always manages to find an excuse, Is it just me or did any1 else notice after each 1 of these losses Mr. Brady has he does a quick 50 yard sprint into the tunnell without shaking hands with the opposing QB as soon as the clock hits 0:00″

    That is completely untrue, you’re making stuff up. I’m a die hard Dolphins fan I can’t stand Brady and the Patriots. However, I saw him shaking hands after this game. What you described is exactly how Big Ben acted in Dallas though. He ran right to the tunnel as fast as he could after the Cowboys kicked the game winning FG.

  89. sschmiggles says: Dec 17, 2012 2:52 PM

    I also love how when a defense gives up a bunch of passing yards, it’s because they were playing a “soft zone.”

    I hear it from literally every fanbase in the NFL every time their D lays an egg. Hey guys, this is a passing league, and sometimes you get beat.

    By the way, the whole point of a soft zone is to NOT give up points and big plays.

  90. seahawkbias says: Dec 17, 2012 3:02 PM

    Hey Niner Fans: Enjoy your win and accolades as “best team in the NFL” for the next 6 days.

    See you in Seattle. I’ll be in Section 215 if you need me. Good luck with your rookie against an actual defense. Hawks by 2 TDs.

  91. hart089 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    flash1283 says:Dec 17, 2012 1:42 PM

    Even in victory the 49ers fans are making excuses, “the only reason they came back is because we went into soft zone”.

    You know why, because they were tired!!
    They couldn’t keep up the pace.

    Why is it so hard for people to just give credit?
    Was it not a good effort by NE to come back from that far down to that D?

    Ironic how the last two drives of the game it was the Patriots offence that was tired. Then again Winners dont need to make excuses

  92. eastcoastniner says: Dec 17, 2012 3:26 PM

    sjhesketh says: Dec 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    Yeah, now all the other brady’s in the league know what to do.. start losing by a lot so that the niners D starts playing softer.. yup.. you got it! you’re genius! hahaha.. what else could I expect from a sour raider fan!

    ***********************************************

    Were they playing soft as the lead shrunk from 28 to 21 to 14 to 7 and then to 0 points? I think not.

    The Pats hung 500+ yards on the #1 defense in the league last night. Special teams play really did them in in the end.

    ———————————–

    We got in trouble defensively to a generational QB who is incredibly accurate, a master of the no-huddle, and playing lights-out at home. I think it takes an incredible defense to hang in there when Brady is in the zone (Texans anyone). Only thing that got exposed it how good Brady really is, but we were better!

  93. bratbeach says: Dec 17, 2012 3:27 PM

    I don’t see how focusing on what his team did or didn’t do is not giving them credit or poor sportsmanship. They didn’t put up a fight, he’s right. They got the tie and then let the 49ers do what they wanted on offense quickly. That’s not taking anything away from them, that’s focusing on what HIS team was supposed to do.

    His team is supposed to keep the other team from executing. They didn’t. They just let them do whatever they wanted. He’s right. People are just looking for something to complain about.

  94. kenstabler says: Dec 17, 2012 3:28 PM

    Um tom, you lost the game. Great comeback, but to little to late. Take the pill and swallow it. The Niners are a pretty good team, and they showed that. It just shows that the Pat’s are not the Pat’s of old, and there are chinks in the armor again, just like last season.

  95. gweetarman says: Dec 17, 2012 3:31 PM

    Patriots: Overrated.

  96. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    jason49er says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:43 PM
    49ers defeated Brady, Brees, and Rodgers this season.

    No matter what their records are that’s legit right there.
    ———————-
    49ers lost to Ponder, Bradford, Manning and tied Bradford.

    No matter what their record is, that’s legit right there.

    See what I did there? lol.

    It’s the NFL my friend, and this year, the NFL is week to week when it comes to “who the best team is.”

  97. bratbeach says: Dec 17, 2012 3:36 PM

    The Pats road to the Super Bowl now goes through Denver. Good luck with that. The broncos are a far different team than they were early in the year….and manning has bested Tom in most of their meetings in recent….RECENT years.
    —-

    A) This is such a silly pipeline. They haven’t changed much. They’re still the same team.

    B) Other teams, including the Patriots, have changed. That first match-up the Pats were without Hightower and Hernandez. They were also without Gregory, not that he’s a stud or anything but he was the starter meaning they had a back-up there. McCourty hadn’t made the full switch to safety yet. Talib wasn’t there yet. Dennard (not sure the injury status on him so maybe he might not be back) was a lot worse then as he was getting less snaps and still learning. So this idea that the Broncos have massively but the Patriots (or Texans or any other team) have just stayed pat or regressed is ridiculous.

    C) You wanna talk recent. Brady won the two most recent meetings.

  98. ken49ers says: Dec 17, 2012 3:38 PM

    I’m thinking last night put the whole “QB controversy ” to rest. Harbs got it right. Kap can play.

  99. bullcharger says: Dec 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    You could also selectivly take the following from the same interview:

    “I have a lot of respect for that [49ers] defense. They’re very good — they rush, they cover, they’re physical, they force turnovers.”

    All Brady is saying is that after coming back to tie the game they allowed a huge special teams play, a quick TD and then did nothing to move the ball. Of course he looks at himself and his team and blames it on them. That doesn’t mean he giving no credit to the 49ers. Of couse he is giving them credit. You still blame yourself though.

  100. edgerules says: Dec 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    Cervatta12

    You may not like Tom Brady, but no need to lie. I saw the game, and Tom DID shake hands with the other QB, and with others after the game. However, I won’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

    As for the 49ers, I don’t know. When you have your foot on the gas so to speak, why not keep it there? If they were all that, no way do you let a team with the likes of Tom Brady erase a 28 point lead and nearly take the game from you.

    People want to know why Coach Belichick keeps the pedal to the metal (whiny crybabies call it “running up the score)? Well, there is your answer.

  101. bullcharger says: Dec 17, 2012 3:56 PM

    cervetta12 says:Dec 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    In the very few times this guy loses he always manages to find an excuse, Is it just me or did any1 else notice after each 1 of these losses Mr. Brady has he does a quick 50 yard sprint into the tunnell without shaking hands with the opposing QB as soon as the clock hits 0:00

    ——————–

    He never makes an excuse. That is completely untrue. He always talks about his team and what they did wrong and what they could have done better. They can’t control what the other team does. As for leaving the field, that’s what he wants to do win or lose. He doesn’t want to chat with people on the field. He’s said that publicly several times. Plus Brady is a sore loser. That’s not bad. That’s common among all great winners. Handling losing graciously is something they have to work at, but it sucks. Seen Kobe Bryant talk lately?

  102. eastcoastniner says: Dec 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    Aren’t you starting a true rookie? Didn’t we beat you already this season. Just saying…you might want to tone it down a little bit.

  103. gweetarman says: Dec 17, 2012 4:36 PM

    @bratbeach.

    A. The term is “pipe dream,” not pipeline.

    B. The Broncos have evolved more than any other team in the league. The Texans have definitely regressed. I can’t say the same for the Pats, but they definitely have not improved. They will get bounced early.

    C. Manning has won 4 of the last 6.

  104. cags777 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:49 PM

    It was a great game, but the 49ers won on their own. Brady sounds like the Packers whenever they say they gave their opponents the game.

  105. sagatti says: Dec 17, 2012 5:01 PM

    Mr. Brady… WELCOME TO COLORADO!

  106. axespray says: Dec 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    if he’s talking about his defense, then he has every point in the world…

    Wow …. how do you make the friggin’ 49ers offense look explosive?

  107. indianbob says: Dec 17, 2012 5:34 PM

    “Dec 17, 2012, 12:02 PM PST
    Hey Niner Fans: Enjoy your win and accolades as “best team in the NFL” for the next 6 days.
    See you in Seattle. I’ll be in Section 215 if you need me. Good luck with your rookie against an actual defense. Hawks by 2 TDs.”
    Seahawk fan,
    You’re serious, right? Niners lose to Seahawks by 2 TDs?
    What does Vegas, who has millions of dollars bet on the game, have as odds?
    Not a 14 point spread. So go ahead and bet all your money on the Seahawks + 13. Do you dare?

  108. flash1283 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:52 PM

    gweetarman says:
    Dec 17, 2012 4:36 PM
    @bratbeach.

    A. The term is “pipe dream,” not pipeline.

    B. The Broncos have evolved more than any other team in the league. The Texans have definitely regressed. I can’t say the same for the Pats, but they definitely have not improved. They will get bounced early.

    C. Manning has won 4 of the last 6.

    -_____
    Wrong,
    The Patriots didn’t have Talib , Hightower , Hernandez.

    And most important of all, the Broncos defense does not match up well against NE’s offense.

    Still the same Denver players that allowed 30 or more to NE 3 times in the last year and a half.

    Go back and look how we’ll Brady has done vs a Jack del rio D.

  109. flash1283 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:06 PM

    B. The Broncos have evolved more than any other team in the league. The Texans have definitely regressed. I can’t say the same for the Pats, but they definitely have not improved. They will get bounced early.


    And as for the patriots not improving , that’s also wrong!!

    In the first 8 games of the season the patriots defensive QB rating was 98 bottom 10 on the NFL.

    In the last 6 games its at 71 good for top 5 in the NFL.
    since Talib has come over and locked up on the other teams and Devin has gone to safety they have played more man as opposed to all the zone in the first 8 games.

    That has led to more sacks and more QB hits.

    So as usuall we have a hater spewing off at the mouth and not having a clue.

  110. tweeter75 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:38 PM

    Why doesn’t anyone ever give props to The Patriots O line???

    When he had all day in the pocket in the second half, the pats offense marched right down the field. In the first half when brady was under pressure he looked terrible.

  111. nyjetsfan08 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:57 PM

    Lost in all the admiration of Brady’s potential comeback, was the fact that the 49ers honestly could have had a Seahawks-style lead on the Pats in the 1st half. I mean 31-3 in the 3rd is pretty good, but it honestly could have been 50-3 in the third.

    Excellent game by both teams, but my 49ers have proven that we can win shootouts, and we went into Foxboro in December with atrocious weather and a guy under center for his 4th start against the #1 offense on primetime and came away with a win.

    Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.

    When did the 49ners start calling themselves the new York giants? Defense wins championships, fine. Just NOT your defense.

  112. gweetarman says: Dec 17, 2012 7:21 PM

    Patriots fans are so comical. It’s amazing how much press this choke team always gets. It’s gonna hurt losing to Denver in the playoffs….oh, and in Denver…but don’t worry, you’ll get over it. You’re used to losing big games in the playoffs. And I so love how hot this post just made you.

  113. nicepak381 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:26 PM

    This is a good loss for The Pats; I doubt there will be any more until next season.

  114. sactown9er916 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:15 PM

    The comeback was a combo of 4 things. The staff going to prevent D for awhile, losing Justin Smith, the phantom P.I call (their feet got tangled) on T. Brown that set up N.E on the 1yd line and Brady being Brady, which is beyond elite. I knew S.F would put up another score or two and pull it out though

  115. oaktown49er says: Dec 17, 2012 8:41 PM

    majikbullet says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:22 PM
    Congrats 49ers, the Fail Mary looks like it’ll give you a first round bye.
    —————————————————-
    If the 49ers get the bye it will not be because in week 3 the Pack lost at Sea. It will be because of week 1, 49ers beat GB in GB.

  116. sportsfan240 says: Dec 18, 2012 2:13 AM

    The funny thing is if there was a 16 game playoff style like the one Gooddel is proposing, then instead of this being a huge end of the game season with big playoff implications, this game would have meant very little

  117. atxpatfan says: Dec 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    The thing is – he’s right.

    It’s not poor sportsmanship – he’s not saying the 49ers aren’t good.

    But the Patriots stormed back scoring 4 TDs in less than 12 minutes while the Pats D shut down the 49ers cold instead of trading points.

    Say what you will but that SF defense was on it’s heels.

    Pats played easily the worst 2+ quarters they played all year and if not for the ko return…they would have won.

  118. eastcoastniner says: Dec 18, 2012 11:01 AM

    oaktown49er says: Dec 17, 2012 8:41 PM

    majikbullet says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:22 PM
    Congrats 49ers, the Fail Mary looks like it’ll give you a first round bye.
    —————————————————-
    If the 49ers get the bye it will not be because in week 3 the Pack lost at Sea. It will be because of week 1, 49ers beat GB in GB.

    **************************
    Well said!

  119. gizzmonic says: Dec 18, 2012 8:29 PM

    I listened to Brady saying that on the radio and knew right there and then that it would be misinterpeted…
    He clearly prefaced his statement by saying in advance thatthe 49′s deserve all the credit for the win.
    He was lamenting the fact that the Patriots relaxed after evening the score.
    It helped contibute to the 49′s victory

  120. patssteelersorgiants says: Dec 19, 2012 6:30 PM

    You need more than a HOF QB to win games. I love the Pats but they aren’t going anywhere.

  121. billsfan1 says: Dec 22, 2012 10:10 AM

    boy it kills this clown to give anybody an ounce of credit… id say being down 31-3 the niners nearly gave it to you, not the other way around…

  122. billsfan1 says: Dec 22, 2012 10:15 AM

    the Pats have been “given” gifts since 2001. Why? Because Kraft is in so close with the league office. There is, has been, and always will be a conflict of interest with the NFL and the Patriots. Of course, if I rooted for the Pats, I’d dispute this too.

  123. cgsuddeath says: Dec 22, 2012 8:45 PM

    It’s very hard for a patriot fan to see the bias towards the Patriots.As for the game,Lot’s and lot’s of holding that never gets called.

  124. michael228 says: Dec 22, 2012 10:03 PM

    billsfan1 says:
    Dec 22, 2012 10:10 AM
    boy it kills this clown to give anybody an ounce of credit… id say being down 31-3 the niners nearly gave it to you, not the other way around…

     ———————————————————————————-
    What? Jesus would you just stop being an ignorant hater? Did you listen to the interview or ANY interview Brady does? All he does is say how great the team he’s about to play is. Christ, just listen to the way he’s talking about Jacksonville and how much of a challenge this weekend is going to be.

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