Twitter Reacts to 49ers' Narrow Escape from New England

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Twitter Reacts to 49ers' Narrow Escape from New England
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With a 31-3 lead over the New England Patriots early in the third quarter, the San Francisco 49ers were on the verge of staking their claim as the NFL's top team—and in convincing fashion no less.

After 28 unanswered points, however, Tom Brady and Co. looked to quell that chatter and remind everyone just how good New England is—attempting to take down two of the league's best defenses in back-to-back weeks.

Instead, rookie running back LaMichael James shifted the momentum back to the 49ers with a kickoff return in the fourth quarter:

James' kick return was important because it led to a short field and quarterback Colin Kaepernick's career-high fourth touchdown pass on the night:

Kaepernick's permanent insertion in the starting lineup came with much criticism, but the quarterback is learning quickly on the fly against quality opponents:

While the momentum comment can be debated, it was that play that let 49ers' fans breathe a bit easier. San Francisco eventually beat the Patriots by a score of 41-34:

The NFL schedule makers can't get it right every time, but Sunday night's heavyweight battle was just an example of how great the game of football can be:

After Sunday night's classic, however, Monday Night Football gives us a matchup on the other end of the spectrum:

After convincing wins last week, the 49ers and Patriots entered Sunday night's tilt with plenty of chatter surrounding a Super Bowl preview. If the result can be duplicated come February, how could anyone not welcome a rematch?

While the Atlanta Falcons (12-2) are the top seed in the NFC, the 49ers (10-3-1) have to be considered a huge threat after Sunday night's win over the Patriots. However, next Sunday night's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks (9-5) could vault San Francisco to the top of the NFC hierarchy.

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