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Friday, December 21, 2012
Scoring changes affect Brady, Kaepernick

By Mike Sando

The Total QBR scores for Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick have changed slightly after the NFL made changes to the official play-by-play account from the San Francisco-New England game Sunday night.

The first change involved the interception return for 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers against Brady with 8:02 left in the first quarter. The return was for 63 yards. It had been listed previously as a 53-yard return. Brady's QBR score for the week is now 57.0. Fifty is considered roughly average.

The other change involved a pass from Kaepernick with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter. The pass has been changed from one covering minus-5 yards to one covering zero yards. That means Kaepernick has 221 yards passing, not 216. It also means Delanie Walker has 34 yards receiving, and the Patriots' Aqib Talib gets credit for a 5-yard fumble recovery. That change upped Kaepernick's QBR score from 87.1 to 87.7.

Separately, the latter play should have been ruled as an incomplete pass, the NFL determined in its weekly officiating review. Walker did not possess the ball long enough to make a football move, as required by rules.

"This actually never went to review," Dean Blandino of the NFL office said. "The replay official confirmed it upstairs without bringing the referee over and that is a mistake."

The 49ers were driving deep in Patriots territory at the time.