SAN FRANCISCO (9-3-1) at NEW ENGLAND (10-3)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 5 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 8-5; New England 8-5
SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 7-4
AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 3; Patriots No. 1
LAST MEETING - Patriots beat 49ers 30-21, Oct. 5, 2008
LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Dolphins 27-13; Patriots beat Texans 42-14
49ers OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (2), PASS (26)
49ers DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (2T), PASS (2)
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (5)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (8), PASS (29)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots have highest-scoring offense in NFL, while 49ers have allowed fewest points. ... 49ers clinch AFC West with victory combined with Seattle loss. They clinch playoff berth with win even if Seahawks win. Patriots have locked up AFC East title. ... Both teams take care of ball with Patriots having fewest turnovers (10) and 49ers tied for second (12) ... 49ers' Colin Kaepernick first QB in NFL history to throw for 175 yards and run for 50 in consecutive games. ... San Francisco among best against run and pass, allowing second fewest yards against both. ... WR Randy Moss faces team he spent three seasons and part of a fourth with, making 259 catches for 50 TDs before being traded to Minnesota Vikings after fourth game in 2010. ... LB Aldon Smith leads NFL with 19 1/2 sacks. ... Frank Gore needs one rushing TD to pass Joe Perry and Roger Craig with franchise-record 51. ... San Francisco defense second best in league on third down, allowing conversions on 31.4 percent of plays. ... Patriots 21-0 in second half of seasons starting in 2010. ... Patriots won past 20 December home games. ... Tom Brady has thrown TD pass in 45 consecutive games, trailing only Drew Brees (54) and Johnny Unitas (47). ... Devin McCourty had second interception in end zone this season when he picked off Matt Schaub on Houston's first series Monday night. ... Wes Welker needs five catches to become first receiver with five seasons of at least 100. ... Stevan Ridley has rushing TD in each of last 6 games.
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