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30 - 21 Final
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Patriots gamble and win, sink 49ers

Oct 6, 2008 - 12:49 AM By Tom Kent PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The New England Patriots made the most of their week off.

Matt Cassel threw for 259 yards and a score and Kevin Faulk rushed for two touchdowns as the Patriots rebounded from an embarrassing loss to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 30-21, on Sunday.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has now won his last six games after a bye. New England was humbled by the Miami Dolphins, 38-13, in Week Three.

"I give out players credit," Belichick said. "They were able to come back from adversity and get a victory for us. I was proud of our guys. We made plays when we had to."

Cassel, who was making just his third career start since taking over for the injured Tom Brady, connected with Randy Moss on a 66-yard bomb to even the score in the first quarter at 7-7.

"It was an important part of the game," Cassel said. "After somewhat of a slow start it got us back in the game. That play gave us momentum."

Moss, who set a league record with 23 touchdowns last season, snagged five passes from Cassel for 111 yards. It was just Moss's third touchdown of the season; in 2007, he had seven TD passes through four games.

"I think that's just what we've been waiting for," Moss said. "To really open up the offense a little bit more and get the ball downfield to make other plays work. I just think it's a good thing that we connected."

New England safety Rodney Harrison set up Faulk's second touchdown in the third quarter when he picked off San Francisco quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan's pass at the 49ers 28. Six plays later, Faulk dove in from 2 yards out on fourth down to give the Pats a 24-14 lead.

"Kevin does a great job no matter what we ask him to do," Belichick said. "Whether it's getting a first down or score on short yardage, he's just a clutch player."

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski connected on all three of his field goal attempts, including a 49-yarder late in the fourth quarter to ice the game for New England.

O'Sullivan was 14-for-29 for 130 yards, including three touchdown passes. But the first-year starter also threw three interceptions as the 49ers lost their second straight.

San Francisco could not manage a first down in the second and third quarters, going three-and-out four times and having a fifth drive end in an interception.

"Defensively we couldn't stay off the field and offensively we couldn't stay on the field," San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan said. "That was pretty much it. There just wasn't one thing."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ENGLAND 7 10 7 6 30
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 0 0 7 21 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 16 YD PASS FROM J.T.
    O'SULLIVAN (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 6:03.
    Drive: 4 plays, 30 yards in 1:35.
    Key plays: 49ers' Clement 13-yard
    punt return to New England 30;
    O'Sullivan 1-

    Oct 5 7:25 PM


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    FG NWE
    STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 49 YD
    NEW ENGLAND 30
    SAN FRANCISCO 21 4:42 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Patriots 30, 49ers 21  4th - 4:42Oct 5 7:07 PM
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    TD SFO
    ISAAC BRUCE 5 YD PASS FROM J.T. O'SULLIVAN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 27
    SAN FRANCISCO 21 10:22 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Patriots 27, 49ers 21  4th - 10:22Oct 5 6:48 PM


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    FG NWE
    STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 40 YD
    NEW ENGLAND 27
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 14:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Patriots 27, 49ers 14  4th - 14:53Oct 5 6:36 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ENGLAND 7 10 7 24
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 0 0 14 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 16 YD PASS FROM J.T.
    O'SULLIVAN (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 6:03.
    Drive: 4 plays, 30 yards in 1:35.
    Key plays: 49ers' Clement 13-yard
    punt return to New England 30;
    O'Sull

    Oct 5 6:34 PM


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    TD NWE
    KEVIN FAULK 2 YD RUN
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 24
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 5:25 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Patriots 24, 49ers 14  3rd - 5:25Oct 5 6:22 PM
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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    NEW ENGLAND 7 10 17
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 0 14 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 17 YD PASS FROM J.T.
    O'SULLIVAN (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 6:03.
    Drive: 4 plays, 30 yards in 1:35.
    Key plays: 49ers' Clement 13-yard
    punt return to New England 30;
    O'Sullivan

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    TD NWE
    KEVIN FAULK 2 YD RUN
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 17
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 0:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Patriots 17, 49ers 14  2nd - 0:06Oct 5 5:43 PM


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    FG NWE
    STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 35 YD
    NEW ENGLAND 10
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 5:22 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Patriots 10, 49ers 14  2nd - 5:22Oct 5 5:25 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ENGLAND 7 7
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 17 YD PASS FROM J.T.
    O'SULLIVAN (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 6:03.
    Drive: 4 plays, 30 yards in 1:35.
    Key plays: 49ers' Clement 13-yard
    punt return to New England 30;
    O'Sull

    Oct 5 4:58 PM


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    TD SFO
    ISAAC BRUCE 6 YD PASS FROM J.T. O'SULLIVAN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 7
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 5:25 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Patriots 7, 49ers 14  1st - 5:25Oct 5 4:46 PM


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    TD NWE
    RANDY MOSS 66 YD PASS FROM MATT CASSEL
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 7
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 7:35 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Patriots 7, 49ers 7  1st - 7:35Oct 5 4:38 PM


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    TD SFO
    FRANK GORE 17 YD PASS FROM J.T. O'SULLIVAN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 8:57 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Patriots 0, 49ers 7  1st - 8:57Oct 5 4:31 PM
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