Tale of the tape
Week 15: San Francisco 49ers At New England Patriots
|Colin Kaepernick will face his biggest test of the season to date when he faces the Patriots in prime time on the road. Kaepernick appears to have all the skills needed to be a great quarterback, but he is still unproven despite head coach Jim Harbaugh’s confidence in him. Kaepernick is a remarkable athlete with excellent passing skills.||Quarterback||Tom Brady and the Patriots had perhaps their most satisfying game of the season in their Week 14 Monday night win over the Texans. The 42-14 triumph indicates that New England is once again a legitimate candidate to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Brady is having another stellar year. He has thrown for 3,833 yards and he has a 29-4 touchdown-interception ratio.|
|Frank Gore is going to test the Patriots’ solid run defense. Gore is a tremendous power back who has rushed for 1,035 yards and has a 4.9 yards per carry average. Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree are dependable receivers who can make the tough catches and stretch the defense. Tight end Vernon Davis will be difficult for the Patriots’ secondary to cover.||Offense||Stevan Ridley has had a big influence on the Patriots’ offense this year, running with power and purpose. He may be unheralded but he has gained 1,082 yards and he has scored 10 touchdowns. Wes Welker will catch nearly anything that comes his way and Aaron Hernandez has been stellar at tight end while Rob Gronkowski recovers from his broken arm. Brandon Lloyd is capable of making the highlight-film catch.|
|The Niners are going to have to play their best defensive game of the year if they are going to travel to New England and come away with the prime-time victory. Outside linebacker Aldon Smith leads the league with 19.5 sacks. Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman leads the team in tackles with 116. Free safety Dashon Goldson has three interceptions and 13 passes defensed.||Defense||The Pats are a much better defensive team now than they were earlier in the year. That’s because the pass defense has stepped up quite a bit. Former Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib has given the Pats greater talent in the secondary. Huge defensive tackle Vince Wilfork can collapse the pocket with his bull rush and can destroy the opponents’ running game.|
|The 49ers have not been consistent on special teams. While Kyle Williams is capable of the long return on kickoffs and punts – he had a 94-yard kickoff return earlier this year – Niners opponents are getting the best of it on kickoff returns by nearly 3.0 yards per return. Placekicker David Akers has made just 23-of-32 FG attempts.||Special Teams||The Patriots have gotten touchdowns from their punt and kickoff return teams. Stephen Gostkowski is going to come through in clutch situations for the Patriots. The kicker has made 24-of-30 FG attempts this season, including both of his tries from 50 yards or more. Zoltan Mesko has placed 22 of 45 punts inside the 20-yard line.|
The winner is
More Tales of the tape
NCAA Championship Game: #1 Louisville Vs. #4 Michigan
Rick Pitino has been here before, after making his 7th Final Four appearance, he’s now in his third go-round in the title game. He’s got plenty of experience on the big stage and he has the Cardinals playing high level basketball at the right time.
Super Bowl Halftime Show Vs. Neil Diamond: Who Takes The Trophy For Better Entertainment?
For years, both Neil Diamond and the Super Bowl Halftime show have been giving us, let’s say, mild overproduction (read: glitzy, flashy, and potentially unnecessary). So who’s got the edge between these two cheesy industry mainstays?
Harbaughs Vs. Baldwins: Which Pair Of Siblings Stand Out?
Harbaughs vs. Baldwins? Wow. What a battle! Let’s dig deep to see which pair of brothers has the upper hand.
- News Photos Namaste: Yoga Poses For... 2013 Draft Lottery Party Baseball Shots Of The Week –...
- Board Of Governors Vote Party... Best Summer Dishes CBS 2013-2014 Prime Time Shows Flash Forward: Concept Cars...
- Baseball Shots Of The Week –... Best Summer Festivals and... Sacramento's Most Wanted Baseball Shots Of The Week –...
- Best Mexican Cuisine Celebrities With Asthma Baseball Shots Of The Week –... New Kings Arena Renderings
- Text 13NEWS to 84816 to sign up for breaking news text alerts.
- Click here to sign up for breaking news email alerts