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Safety Dashon Goldson (right) received an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty for his hit on Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez (right).
Jim Harbaugh spoke of the 49ers 41-34 victory over New England.
"Our team has now hung in in a lot of big-time pressure games," Harbaugh said. "They've overcome adversity. They've shown they can do that (via cbssports.com)."
With that being said, the 49ers could have played much better.
Even when they were dominating in the first half, San Francisco had plenty of mistakes and missed opportunities to consider. Tight end Delanie Walker's first quarter fumble in the Patriots' red zone cost the 49ers a key scoring opportunity. Granted, San Francisco forced a punt on the following drive but when San Francisco again tried to answer on their subsequent possession, a field goal attempt by David Akers missed wide left.
Colin Kaepernick also struggled with snaps over center. While the 49ers were able to recover all of his fumbles, such mistakes can be costly.
There were also key penalties against San Francisco that proved costly. A pass interference penalty on cornerback Tarell Brown cost the 49ers 38 yards and set up New England at the 49ers' 5-yard line. The Patriots would score a touchdown the next play.
The 49ers also allowed the Patriots to claw their way back in the second half, something teams can ill-afford to do when facing an opponent as tough as New England.
Yet San Francisco was also able to capitalize on numerous miscues by New England.
Kaepernick took advantage of the Patriots' weak defensive backfield as shown by his four touchdown receptions, the shortest of which was 24 yards (cbssports.com).
In addition, the 49ers defense forced four turnovers and scored points off two of them.
San Francisco also capitalized on New England penalties, most notably during the second quarter when Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib committed a costly pass interference penalty on Michael Crabtree, moving the 49ers offense into New England territory. San Francisco would find the end zone later that drive.
Simply stated, the 49ers need to practice "more of the good" and "less of the bad" if they expect postseason success.