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49ers withstand Patriots' challenge

Kaepernick & Co. make statement by turning back New England's furious rally

Originally Published: December 17, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- They could have cracked. A lesser team would have. Tom Brady was being Tom Brady in a building where, and during a month when, the New England Patriots simply do not lose.

Depending on your perspective, the Patriots had overcome a 28-point deficit -- or the San Francisco 49ers had blown a four-touchdown lead -- to tie the score in the fourth quarter Sunday night. The comeback was classic Brady, picking apart a defense that was suddenly on its heels, reacting rather ...

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