In what was one of the weirdest, craziest, wildest, and longest game of the year, the Patriots eventually fell to the 49ers 41-34. With the loss the Patriots will likely be the AFC’s No. 3 seed, meaning they will be forced to play on Wild Card weekend and then pending a victory would likely play at No. 2 seed Denver. Much of the sports media and radio airwaves focused on that potential matchup today, and whether or not the Patriots could make it to New Orleans playing two road games. Also, there were the usual day after a loss over-reactions on a number of players and performances.
Other topics looking back at the game included whether or not the loss could be looked at as a positive and a way to to improve upon things going into the playoffs. While the Patriots certainly showed a lot of heart and desire coming back from a 28-point deficit, you certainly would hope and expect they will would never be put in that situation again. Reports from the stadium following the game was that it was a very angry locker room so I wouldn’t want to be the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, the Patriots have some anger to be unleashed.
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New England loses grip on No. 2 seed in AFC– Shalise Manza Young looks at the Patriots chances as the No.3 seed, and having to play on Wild Card weekend.
Patriots got what they deserved vs. 49ers– Tony Massarotti says San Francisco was the better team Sunday night and deserved to win.
Patriots lost but showed there’s no stopping Tom Brady and Co.– Gerry Callahan has despite the loss he still believes they are the best team in the AFC.
Patriots report card– Ron Borges hands out his grades for the week, most of them fairly average.
Kick team gets the boot– Jeff Howe looks at the Patriots special teams units, who were uncharacteristically poor on Sunday.
Belichick: I thought they fought hard– Tom E. Curran has Belichick’s thoughts following the game.