It's tough to figure out the NFL this season. Case in point: The 49ers, who at one point this season managed only 13 points in a loss to the Rams, were well on their way to demolishing the Patriots on New England's home turf. Then, in the third quarter, the Patriots -- who lost to the Cardinals but beat the Texans easily -- engaged in a spirited offensive demonstration, evening the score after trailing by as many as 28 points. It ended up not being enough, however, as San Francisco managed to engage in a quick rally of its own. A game like this will undoubtedly leave both teams with many more questions than answers.
The 49ers looked to be cruising to a victory over the Patriots but had to steel themselves near the end to stave off a furious comeback.
The Falcons still have the best record in the NFC, but the 49ers and Packers have been coming on strong as of late.
If the Patriots want to win a fourth Super Bowl, they're going to have to be able to beat stalwart defensive teams like the 49ers in the playoffs.
Bill Belichick has enough security in his job to make pretty much any decision he wants, but should he have done the cautious thing on Sunday?