The Patriots take on the San Francisco 49ers in a crucial game at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Follow along here at 985TheSportsHub.com with live score updates, highlights, and instant analysis.
Live Updates: Patriots-49ers
Q4, 13:31: Niners have to settle for a field goal this time. But it’s good and they extend their lead to 33-6. Jarrett Stidham is coming into the game for the Patriots as they get the ball back.
Q3, 4:56: Yet another interception for Cam Newton. His throw is behind Julian Edelman, tipped, and picked off. It looks like Jarrett Stidham will finally enter the game on the next Pats possession. Feels like a white flag at this point.
Q3, 7:32: Niners make it look easy again. The big play on this drive actually came through the air, as Brandon Aiyuk burned Jonathan Jones on a pick play for a wide-open 35-yard catch. Jeff Wilson barreled into the end zone for his third touchdown of the day, and it’s starting to feel like the Patriots won’t have a comeback in them today.
Q3, 10:48: Patriots have a decent-looking drive for a change to start the second half. But Cam Newton scrambles and goes down on third-and-long, so the Patriots have to settle for a field goal. It’s now 23-6. Can the defense turn things around?
Q2, 0:57: Another touchdown drive for the Niners, another drive that looked easy. Jeff Wilson takes it 16 yards to the end zone, practically untouched. The Niners’ blocking scheme is taking it to the Patriots up front and their defense is getting exposed. Niners are up 23-3 with little hope in sight for a comeback.
Q2, 2:00: The Niners are showing why their outside zone scheme is so hard to stop. All it takes is one perfectly sealed block and you can break off a big play. JaMycal Hasty easily took one for 20 yards. Niners are threatening to score again.
Q2, 4:42: Not looking good for the Patriots. Gunner Olszewski fumbles the kick return but recovers it, then two plays later fullback Jakob Johnson has to recover his own fumble. Cam Newton had Damiere Byrd open on third down but his pass was short. Pats have to punt it back to San Fran already down 13 points.
Q2, 6:23: Fullback Kyle Juszczyk takes the handoff into the end zone, and the PAT is no good but the Niners now have a 16-3 lead. Patriots offense needs to start making some plays in a hurry.
Q2, 6:39: Lawrence Guy walks off the field under his own power before heading to the blue medical tent. Losing him for any extended time would be crushing for the Patriots. Losing him on this current drive, with the Niners at the 4-yard line, could be a killer.
Q2, 8:46: Cam Newton just threw his worst interception yet. He was looking for Jakobi Meyers, but he was double-covered, and the throw itself wasn’t accurate. Fred Warner comes up with the pick and the Niners are in business.
Q2, 9:00: The 49ers were threatening in the red zone again, but an offensive holding penalty set them back. Garoppolo is inaccurate on third down and so the Niners have to settle for a Robbie Gould field goal.
Q2, 14:56: Nick Folk’s 40-yard field goal attempt is good and the Patriots now trail 7-3. It’s still quite early, but the Patriots’ execution on offense hasn’t been as sharp as the 49ers’ has. Jimmy Garoppolo’s interception helped keep the Pats from going down multiple scores early.
End Quarter 1: 49ers 7, Patriots 0. The Niners looked better on both sides of the ball up until Jimmy Garoppolo’s interception. Cam Newton can’t cash in on the turnover with a touchdown, as the first quarter ends with the Pats facing fourth-and-6 and attempting a field goal.
Q1, 2:02: Perhaps an early momentum shift for the Patriots. Jimmy Garoppolo looks to hit George Kittle in a tight-but-open window on third-and-12, but instead he sails it way high and it lands in the hands of deep safety Devin McCourty, who returns it 19 yards. Chase Winovich drew a penalty after the interception, so the Pats will get the ball back on their own 48-yard line.
Q1, 7:12: Make that a bad start for the offense, too. Though N’Keal Harry was able to pick up a first down with his first catch since Week 4, the Patriots go with two RBs and three WRs on third down and fail to convert. They’ll have to punt it back to the 49ers, who looked sharp on their opening drive.
Q1, 9:56: Bad start for the Patriots defense. Niners go right down the field for an opening-drive touchdown, 75 yards in nine plays. Jimmy Garoppolo went 4-for-4 for 59 yards through the air, as running back Jeff Wilson capped the drive with a TD. The Patriots barely showed real resistance on that drive. Failing to stop a scrambling Garoppolo on an early third-and-3 hurt them.
3:15pm: The Patriots’ inactives brought one surprise: rookie tight end Devin Asiasi is a healthy scratch for the first time this season. But this means that the Patriots’ other rookie tight end on the main roster, Dalton Keene, is active for the first time in his career. He and Ryan Izzo are all the Pats have at TE, so it’s very likely Keene sees some action on offense in his NFL debut.
2:14pm: Julian Edelman played catch with Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham in his pre-warmup warmup.
— Live Blog By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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