NFL: San Francisco 41, New England 34

Dec. 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM   |   0 comments

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Michael Crabtree's 38-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter put San Francisco ahead Sunday and the 49ers turned back New England 41-34.

The Patriots stormed back from a 31-3 second-half deficit to tie the score, capped by Danny Woodhead's 1-yard scoring run with 6:43 left.

But LaMichael James returned the ensuing kick-off 62 yards to the New England 38-yard line, and on the next play Colin Kaepernick found Crabtree along the left sideline and he ran in for go-ahead score.

Kaepernick completed 14-of-25 passes for 216 yards, four touchdowns and one interception for the 49ers (10-3-1), who maintained their grip on first place in the NFC West and clinched a playoff spot with their fourth win in five games.

Crabtree ended with seven grabs for 107 yards and a pair of scores.

Tom Brady racked up 443 passing yards, completing 36 of his career-high 65 attempts with a TD and two interceptions for the Patriots (10-4).

Brandon Lloyd (190 yards) and Aaron Hernandez (92, touchdown) each hauled down 10 passes for New England.

Wes Welker made five catches, giving him 100 for season -- the first player in NFL history to make 100 or more grabs five times in a career.

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