The biggest game of the NFL season was slipping away from the San Francisco 49ers. Their 28-point lead evaporated in the blink of an eye, and their tired defense looked stunned.
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- LaMichael James' long kickoff return, followed by a Michael Crabtree 38-yard touchdown catch: They came on successive plays. Now that's how you respond. James' return was the play of the game. (Colin Kaepernick played a smart, clean game while throwing four touchdown passes. The Alex Smith talk can stop now.)
No matter what situation the 49ers face the rest of the way, they rightly will believe they can pull through.