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Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

Defending the Patriots

The 49ers repeatedly stacked eight and even nine defenders in the box, making it tough for LeGarrette Blount to find running room.

The 49ers also gave a lot of attention to Martellus Bennett with Rob Gronkowski out, often double-teaming him.

Tom Brady threw an incredibly accurate touchdown pass to Julian Edelman.

And the same on his touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell. It whizzed right over the defender’s head.

Creating space

The Patriots had several great blocks on Blount’s 44-yard run, opening up a huge lane for him.

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And Mitchell made a fantastic block downfield to help Blount tack an extra 20 yards onto the run.

On James White’s 9-yard touchdown catch, notice how the entire defense bit on the fake bubble screen to Edelman.

And Joe Thuney capped off the play with a perfect chip block.

Buying time

As was often the case, the 49ers initially had great coverage on all five Patriots’ receivers.

But the Patriots’ receivers are taught to flow to an empty spot on the field, and Brady bought enough time for Amendola to work his way open.

Vantage point

Stephen Gostkowski pushed his first extra point wide right, as he has done with many kicks this year.

So after his miss, he moved his kicking angle to the left hash.

Offensive snap counts
ARI (71) MIA (80) HOU (64) BUF (56) CLE (80) CIN (64) PIT (57) BUF (69) SEA (67) SF (76) Total (684) %
G Joe Thuney 71 80 64 56 80 64 57 69 67 76 684 100%
C David Andrews 71 80 64 56 80 64 57 65 67 76 680 99%
T Marcus Cannon 71 80 64 56 0 64 57 65 67 76 600 88%
OT Nate Solder 0 65 64 56 80 64 57 69 67 76 598 87%
G Shaq Mason 14 39 64 56 80 64 57 69 67 76 586 86%
QB Tom Brady 0 0 0 0 71 64 57 65 67 76 400 58%
TE Martellus Bennett 69 80 63 44 55 36 30 42 44 73 536 78%
WR Julian Edelman 61 63 48 50 59 58 51 61 53 66 570 83%
WR Malcolm Mitchell 39 31 17 20 25 11 31 0 20 65 259 38%
WR Danny Amendola 19 19 13 13 21 26 19 32 27 42 231 34%
RB LeGarrette Blount 42 51 46 30 31 25 31 36 37 34 363 53%
FB James Develin 17 24 24 5 22 8 11 7 22 34 174 25%
RB James White 26 28 16 21 38 39 25 33 29 24 279 41%
RB Dion Lewis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 21 3%
T Cameron Fleming 71 16 15 0 80 0 0 5 7 15 209 31%
TE Matt Lengel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 1%
TE Rob Gronkowski 0 0 14 39 65 57 52 63 57 0 347 51%
WR Chris Hogan 55 63 57 52 49 56 32 64 32 0 460 67%
WR Matt Slater 4 14 2 0 11 1 1 6 7 0 46 7%
QB Jacoby Brissett 0 38 64 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 158 23%
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 71 42 0 0 9 0 0 4 0 0 126 18%
G Ted Karras 58 41 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 103 15%
TE AJ Derby 20 0 0 1 11 3 0 0 0 0 35 5%
TE Clay Harbor 0 22 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 4%
RB DJ Foster 0 4 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 16 2%
RB Brandon Bolden 3 0 2 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 2%
Defensive snap counts
ARI (61) MIA (65) HOU (71) BUF (76) CLE (63) CIN (68) PIT (73) BUF (78) SEA (70) SF (62) Total (687) %
S Devin McCourty 61 65 71 76 63 67 72 70 70 62 677 99%
S Patrick Chung 60 57 68 76 63 63 71 70 70 62 660 96%
CB Malcolm Butler 61 64 71 76 55 66 73 70 68 62 666 97%
CB Eric Rowe 0 0 0 0 0 26 73 47 0 62 208 30%
LB Donta Hightower 58 0 0 69 29 66 68 57 70 48 465 68%
DE Trey Flowers 21 37 43 42 33 21 20 21 61 48 197 29%
DE Chris Long 39 46 55 58 47 41 50 54 37 44 471 69%
CB Logan Ryan 61 57 71 68 63 66 31 51 68 41 577 84%
DE Rob Ninkovich 0 0 0 0 24 46 56 62 46 41 275 40%
S Duron Harmon 29 31 69 16 22 49 52 29 29 39 365 53%
LB Shea McClellin 24 39 25 25 0 0 10 20 16 36 195 28%
DT Malcom Brown 30 39 31 63 42 44 35 50 49 34 417 61%
DT Alan Branch 31 37 36 57 41 53 40 43 48 34 420 61%
LB Kyle Van Noy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 29 4%
DT Vincent Valentine 20 17 20 23 0 0 0 17 18 17 132 19%
LB Elandon Roberts 0 6 0 0 31 50 13 28 58 11 197 29%
LB Barkevious Mingo 0 5 0 0 7 8 0 9 0 10 39 6%
CB Cyrus Jones 5 8 33 9 18 0 0 0 0 1 74 11%
DE Geneo Grissom 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 8 1%
CB Justin Coleman 40 59 0 29 0 0 17 33 44 0 222 32%
DE Jabaal Sheard 44 45 53 58 48 48 35 57 16 0 404 59%
S Nate Ebner 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 8 2 0 15 2%
LB Jamie Collins 61 65 71 76 52 0 65 48 0 0 438 64%
LB Jon Freeny 6 36 41 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 98 14%
DT Anthony Johnson 20 0 23 0 0 10 21 0 0 0 74 11%
DT Woodrow Hamilton 0 0 0 0 22 20 0 0 0 0 42 6%
CB Jonathan Jones 0 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 5%
S Jordan Richards 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 11 2%