With 49ers coming, Patriots stay focused on themselves

FOXBOROUGH -- As is the norm, Patriots players were giving up very little with regard to their approach to the Sunday night game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium.

On Friday afternoon, linebacker Jerod Mayo said it wasn’t so much concerning themselves with the other team, it was about executing their own game plan and in the case of the defense, making accurate reads.

``You have to read your keys, it’s all about reading your keys, going out there and playing disciplined football,’’ said Mayo. ``We always talk about doing your job and this is one of those games.’’


Mayo had praise for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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``He’s very athletic, he does a lot of different things for them and he can also throw on the run,’’ said Mayo. ``He has a strong arm, he has all the tools to be a good quarterback.’’

He also spoke of the challenge that will come in the form of running back Frank Gore.

``Frank Gore’s been doing it for a long time,’’ said Mayo. ``He has great power, he can also take it outside as well. He’ll take the ball anywhere and they have a good offensive line.’’

Defensive end Chandler Jones said the Patriots’ job against Kaepernick will be to contain him.


``Running and passing, Kaepernick is a good athlete,’’ said Jones. ``He can throw the ball and he can run as well. They’re a balanced team and if they’re passing the ball, you’ve got to defend the pass. If they’re running it, you have to defend the run. Our goal is to beat the San Francisco 49ers.’’