Most signs point to a New England Patriots win in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, but nothing’s ever certain in the NFL. That’s a lesson coach Bill Belichick and Co. were reminded of — the hard way — in 2015 as Chip Kelly marched a 4-7 Philadelphia Eagles squad into Gillette Stadium and shocked the Patriots on their own turf.

Even though the San Francisco 49ers haven’t won a game since Week 1, this time around, New England likely won’t take Kelly lightly. On “Between the Tackles,”’s Michaela Vernava, Doug Kyed and Zack Cox discuss the ways in which Belichick is keeping his team motivated ahead of a matchup with the NFC’s cellar-dweller.

Plus, Matt Barrows, 49ers beat writer for The Sacramento Bee, joins the conversation, discussing who and what is to blame for the lack of passion among the floundering Niners.

Listen to “Between the Tackles” in the podcast player above.

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