San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots Live Stream Free: Watch Online NFL Sunday Night Football

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(Photo: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)New England Patriots Tom Brady passes against the New York Jets during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts October 21, 2012.

San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots takes place on Sunday Night Football tonight, with two of the best teams in the NFL facing off just weeks before the playoffs are set to begin. The game is scheduled to start at 8.20 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).

The 49ers are top of the NFC West with a record of 9-3-1 and come into this game having bounced back from their surprise loss to the St Louis Rams at the start of December to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-13 last week.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots are top of the AFC East with a record of 10-3 and come into this game on the back of seven straight wins. The last time they lost was against the Seattle Seahawks by a single point on Oct. 14 by a score of 24-23.

Since then they have been almost unstoppable; on Oct. 28 they smashed the St Louis Rams 45-7; on Nov. 18 they put 59 points on the scoreboard against Indianapolis; the following week they destroyed the New York Jets 49-19; and last week they ran all over the Houston Texans 42-14.

With this game being in New England, the Patriots will be slight favorites for this game, and especially following their destruction of the high flying Texans last week, everyone in the NFL has stepped back and noticed the Patriots.

Many are touting this to be a preview of the Super Bowl game, with both teams among the most consistent performers in their respective conferences.

The Patriots are ranked first in the NFL for points scored (36.3 per game) as well as for total yards per game (425.7). They are also ranked in the top 7 for both passing yards (285.8 per game) and rush yards (139.9 per game).

Meanwhile, the 49ers are not as evenly balanced in their play. They are ranked second in the NFL for rush yards per game (161.5 yards per game), but a lowly 26th for pass yards (198.5 yards per game).

However, statistics will be left in the dressing rooms once the game is ready to start, and when these two clash it will be intriguing to see who comes out on top. Both have the players with the skills to win against anyone in the NFL on their day. This will be a face off between two of the best teams the league has to offer.

San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots will start at 8.20 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.