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Late in the 49ers' thrilling victory over the Patriots on Sunday, a friend sent a one-word text: "Torture." While they might not be as torturous as the 2010 Giants, the 49ers certainly are making their fans sit on the edge of their seats. Folks who turned off the TV when the 49ers led 31-3 missed Tom Brady doing what he does best rallying the Patriots. When New England tied the score, who wasn't thinking "Oh no" or worse? But Colin Kaepernick found wide receiver Michael Crabtree for his fourth touchdown pass of the game, showing why he's the 49ers' starting quarterback.
That was a big win for the Raiders on Sunday, even if they didn't get into the end zone and it came against the lowly Chiefs. Darren McFadden excelled with 110 yards, just his third 100-yard game of the season, and the Raiders held the Chiefs to 10 rushing yards. Coming against a longtime rival, it was a bright spot in an otherwise awful season.
The Angels are back as the team to beat in the American League West after signing free agent Josh Hamilton last week. We still love the A's chances, but signing Hamilton might be the difference in 2013. Hamilton, who had 43 homers and 128 RBIs for the Rangers this year, likely will bat fourth for the Angels, with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in two of the three spots ahead of him. Wow.
What to do
NBA, New Orleans at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena: Check out one of the NBA's most-improved teams before the Warriors come to Sacramento for Wednesday's game against the Kings.
If the NFL season ended today, who should be the 49ers' MVP?
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Monday's poll results
What resolution do you want regarding the Kings?
Stay here: 43%
Leave town: 27%
Don't care: 30%
Total votes: 499