It was a busy evening for Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner, each of whom played all 94 snaps of defense in the 49ers' 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.
Despite allowing 443 yards passing on Sunday night, it was a very good night for the 49ers' defense.
So here, ultimately, what we learned about the 49ers after this week’s BIGGIDY-BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR, and right before this coming week's BIGGIDY-BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR:
FOXBORO, Mass. -- When things got difficult for the 49ers on Sunday night, one of their leaders was on the sideline with an injury.