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