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The Patriots paused for a moment of silence to remember victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
The 49ers' Dashon Goldson was tripped up by Patriots punt returner Wes Welker but not before he picked up a first down on a first quarter fake punt.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick beat Patriots lineman Justin Francis to the ball as he recovered his own first quarter fumble.
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49ers receiver Randy Moss caught a pass thrown by quarterback Colin Kaepernick to score a touchdown in the first quarter.
Patriots running back Shane Vereen fumbled as he was hit by the 49ers' NaVorro Bowman. The ball was recovered by San Francisco.
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Tom Brady reacted after a missed opportunity in the first half .
Brandon Lloyd was unable to catch this pass under the pressure of Carlos Rogers in the first half.
Wes Welker couldn't bring down Carlos Rogers as he returned an interception 53 yards.
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49ers cornerback Tarell Brown broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Deion Branch.
Brady was tossed to the ground by 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith.
Bill Belichick reacted to an official's call in the second quarter.
Brandon Lloyd went high to catch this pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran the ball in the second quarter.
Alfonzo Dennard deflected the ball away from Randy Moss in the second quarter.
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Danny Woodhead ran in between the 49ers' NaVarro Bowman and Tarell Brown during second quarter.
Dont'a Hightower stopped 49ers running back Frank Gore for a short gain during third quarter.
Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui made a long reception in front of Donte Whitner during third quarter.
Kaepernick felt the pressure of Rob Ninkovich in the second half.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh argued with side judge Keith Washington and head linesman Mark Hittner.
Danny Woodhead celebrated after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter.
49ers receiver Michael Crabtree spiked the ball over the goal post after scoring in the third quarter.
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Bill Belichick watched Brady come off the field after a turnover.
A helmet-less Ray McDonald sacked Tom Brady during the second half.
Brady looked towards the line judge after a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Rob Ninkovich was turned upside down as he sacked Colin Kaepernick in the fourth quarter.
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Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was tackled by the 49ers' Donte Whitner, bottom, and Patrick Willis in the fourth quarter.
Patrick Chung (left) and Matthew Slater stopped San Francisco's LaMichael James during fourth quarter.
Brandon Lloyd hauled in this pass in front of Chris Culliver in the fourth quarter.
Dashon Goldson broke up this pass intended for Aaron Hernandez in the second half.
Brandon Lloyd showed his frustration after an incomplete pass in front of Chris Culliver during the fourth quarter.
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Brady left the field during a timeout in the fourth quarter.
Michael Crabtree tossed his hat to some San Francisco fans as he left the field following the victory.
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