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49ers vs. Patriots: It's big time!

We break down some of the pertinent information heading into the 49ers-Patriots game, and provide an open thread to discuss the game.

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Date: December 16, 2012
Time: 5:20pm PDT
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Odds Shark Spread: 49ers +6
Weather: 37 degrees, 60% chance of showers, 12mph wind
TV Broadcast: NBC - Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 680/1050 KNBR - Ted Robinson, Eric Davis
Spanish Radio: KIQI 1010-AM, KATD 990-AM - Erwin Higueros, Juan Carlos Sierra
Dial Global Sports: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Steve Tasker
Patriots Coverage: Pats Pulpit

Sports Bar Thread

Injury Report
49ers - Out: WR Mario Manningham (shoulder); Probable: K David Akers (pelvis), LB Navorro Bowman (shoulder), CB Tarell Brown (shoulder), CB Chris Culliver (knee), LB Tavares Gooden (ribs), RB Frank Gore (wrist), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), DT Will Tukuafu (wrist), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder)

Patriots - Questionable: CB Kyle Arrington (knee), DT Ron Brace (elbow), S Patrick Chung (shoulder, hamstring), G Dan Connolly (back), CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, hip), TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle), LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), DE Chandler Jones (ankle), WR Brandon Lloyd (knee), DT Kyle Love (knee), G Logan Mankins (ankle, calf), C Nick McDonald (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (knee, ankle), CB Aqib Talib (hip), T Sebastian Vollmer (back, knee), WR Wes Welker (ankle), LB Tracy White (elbow); Probable: LB Jerod Mayo (elbow)

Well, this is certainly a big one. The 49ers are traveling to Foxborough, Massachusetts to face a Patriots team that is arguably playing as well as anybody in the AFC and really the NFL. The 49ers need to bring their A-game on both sides of the ball if they want to hang with these Patriots. It's pretty simple.