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On football | Midweek Report

Patriots now know what to expect against 49ers

Looking back at the Patriots’ 41-34 loss to the 49ers Sunday night, you’re left with a bit of an odd feeling.

On the whole, outside of a dismal special teams performance, the Patriots didn’t play poorly, even when falling behind, 31-3. They certainly weren’t dominated, though superb 49ers end Justin Smith was tough to handle before suffering an injury.

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