49ers @ Patriots live blog: Fourth quarter

FOXBORO, Ma. — This is the live blog for the fourth quarter of the 49ers Week 15 game against the New England Patriots. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.

8:09 On fourth and goal from the one yard line, Brady dives into the end zone for a touchdown. 31-17 49ers. The Patriots are back in this game.

8:11 Justin Smith ran to the locker room on that drive. Will Tukuafu took his place.

8:14 The 49ers go three-and-out. On third and four Kaepernick throws to James, who doesn’t catch the pass. That looked like defensive pass interference. The linebacker ran right over James. The 49ers punt, and Welker returns it to the Patriots’ 34 yard line. 13:17 left in the fourth quarter.

8:15 Justin Smith has an elbow injury and his return is questionable.

8:19 Brady converts a fourth and two from his 42 yard line. He play fakes and hits Welker for 15 yards.

8:20 Next play, the Patriots run a flea flicker and Brady throws it deep to Welker. Whitner knocks into Welker, but the refs don’t call defensive pass interference. They said the pass was not catchable. The 49ers got lucky there.

8:22 Next play, Brady play fakes and throws into the end zone for Lloyd. Brown knocks him down and this time the refs call pass interference. First and goal at the 49ers’ five yard line.

8:23 Brady throws an easy touchdown pass to Hernandez, who easily beat Whitner to the front pylon. 31-24 49ers with 12:13 left in the fourth quarter.

8:28 On first and ten, Alex Boone is flagged for illegal hands to the face. First and 20 from the 15.

8:28 Next play, Gore gains 11 yards up the middle on a draw. Second and nine.

8:29 Next play, Rob Ninkovich blows by Joe Staley and sack Kaepernick for a loss of 13. Third and 22. The 49ers use their second timeout.

8:31 Kaepernick checks down to Gore, who gets tackled at the SF 21. Fourth and 14, and Lee will punt.

8:32 It was a 64-yard punt. Welker returns it to the Patriots 25 yard line, but the Patriots were flagged for holding. They’ll start this crucial drive from their eight yard line.

8:36 Brady hits Lloyd on a slant for 10 yards on second and 10. Next play, Brady hits Lloyd for a 53-yard completion down the right sideline. Culliver got roasted on that play.

8:38 Brady hits Branch for a 13-yard gain. First and 10 at the 49ers 11 yard line.

8:38 Ricky Jean Francois is flagged for encroachment. First and five from the six.

8:39 Brady steps up and scrambles for the first down. He slides down at the one yard line.

8:39 Next play, Woodhead runs into the end zone untouched for a touchdown. 31-31 with 6:43 left in the game. That drive was seven plays, 92 yards and a little more than three minutes. The Patriots just scored 28 unanswered points in less than a quarter.

8:41 LaMichael James returns the kickoff 62 yards to the Patriots 38.

8:42 First play, Kaepernick hits Crabtree who easily breaks a tackle and runs into the end zone for a 38-yard TD. 38-31 49ers with 6:25 left in the fourth quarter.

8:48 Ray McDonald sacks Brady on second down, and Ricky Jean Francois beats Nate Solder around the edge to sack Brady on third down. The Patriots punt. Ted Ginn Jr. bobbles the punt and falls on it. Bad game for him. First and 10 for the Niners at their 28 yard line with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter.

8:51 Here’s a recurring theme: Roman goes conservative, calls three straight runs and the 49ers go three-and-out. The 49ers will punt with 3:09 left in the fourth quarter.

8:53 The Patriots are flagged for holding on the return. They will start their do-or-die drive from their four yard line.

8:54 On first down, Brady avoids a sack in the end zone and throws it away.

8:55 On third and 2 from their 12, Brady throws incomplete behind Woodhead. They’re going for it on fourth down.

8:55 Brady throws high and incomplete for Woodhead on the left sideline. The 49ers take over on downs with 2:20 left.

8:59 Roman calls three runs. Fourth and eight and the Patriots 10 yard line. Two minute warning. Akers has to hit a 28 yard field goal. He missed earlier from 39 yards out.

9:01 Akers makes it. 41-31 49ers with 1:56 left in the game.

9:07 Brady drives the Patriots down to the SF 23 in 11 plays and 1 minute and 18 seconds. Gostkowski makes the 41-yard field goal with 38 seconds left. 41-34 49ers. Onside kick time.

9:09 Walker recovers. The 49ers win. Back at you shortly.

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