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What We Learned: Dolphins 31 - 49ers 24

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The streak is now at 10.

For the first time ever, the San Francisco 49ers have dropped 10 consecutive games after Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Chip Kelly's team was close to making a fourth-quarter comeback, but a 2nd-and-goal Colin Kaepernick run from the 6-yard line was tackled two yards shy of the goal line as time expired.

San Francisco was close, but there will be no victory cigar for the 49ers in South Beach.

Here's what we learned from the Week 12 matchup.

Kap Throws 3 TDs (Again)

Kaepernick's big game saw him complete 29-of-46 pass attempts for 296 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He posted a quarterback rating of 94.1. The 49ers signal-caller also led his team with 113 rushing yards on 10 carries.

It was Kaepernick's fifth game with three or more touchdown passes and his first since Oct. 13, 2014 in a victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Kaepernick completed his first touchdown of the day with an 11-yard pass to Pierre Garçon in the first quarter. Kaepernick also connected on a 4-yard touchdown to tight end Garrett Celek and a 1-yard score to Torrey Smith in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

Kelly was complimentary of his quarterback.

"In each game, I think he's gotten better and progresses as the game gets going," the 49ers coach said.

Kaepernick has thrown two touchdown passes or more in three of his last four starts. Most of the postgame chatter, however, was about the final play of the game.

Kaepernick saw a crease as he stepped up into the pocket and thought he could run into the end zone, but Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso closed on the play fast to bring down the quarterback along with defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Hyde Catches First Career TD

Kaepernick capped an impressive opening drive (8 plays, 62 yards in 3:30 off the clock) with an 11-yard scoring pass to Hyde.

It was Hyde's first career touchdown reception.

The third-year back finished the day with 13 carries for 65 rushing yards. Hyde also caught five passes for 30 yards. Miami's defense keyed on Hyde, according to Kelly. The power runner attracted a lot of attention, thus opening running lanes for Kaepernick, who extended many plays and drives with his long runs.
Out-scored in Third Quarter (Again)

The second-half scoring woes of the 49ers was a main storyline going into Week 12.

It will surely continue going into Week 13.

When Kaepernick was intercepted on his first pass of the second half, San Francisco's first offensive play of the third quarter, Miami took over at the 26-yard line of the 49ers. The Dolphins, however, could only manage to score a field goal.

In response, Kaepernick threw his second touchdown of the game on a 4-yard pass to Celek to make it a 17-14 game with 7:34 left in the third quarter. The well-designed crossing route on 3rd-and-goal finished off a 9-play, 91-yard scoring drive.

The 49ers entered the game with 16 points all year in the third quarter. Celek's third-quarter score was the team's first touchdown since Hyde scored in Week 5. San Francisco's defense came up big once again deep in their own territory. Following a 78-yard kick return by Dolphins rookie running back Kenyan Drake, the 49ers did not allow any points. San Francisco rookie defensive lineman Ronald Blair III recorded his first career sack in the third quarter. He dropped Ryan Tannehill for a 9-yard loss on third down to push Miami out of field-goal range and force a punt.

San Francisco was forced to punt on its ensuing possession. Miami made them pay for it.

Tannehill connected with Kenny Stills on a 43-yard touchdown pass to give the home team a 10-point advantage.

The 49ers were outscored 10-7 in the third quarter. Both teams scored 17 total points in the second half. The storyline, much like the losing streak, will only continue until San Francisco stops it.

49ers Bottle up Ajayi, Can't Contain Tannehill

Dolphins emerging running back Jay Ajayi wasn't much of a factor in the game except for his 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Ajayi picked up 19 yards on his first 13 rushes of the day … then he added 18 yards on his 14th carry. Ajayi finished with 18 carries for 45 yards.

Stopping Miami's quarterback, however, proved to be a different story.

Tannehill threw three touchdown passes and completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 285 yards with a quarterback rating of 130.6.

The strong play started early for the young signal-caller.

Miami converted a trio of third downs on their third possession to drive 91 yards on 11 plays. Tannehill threw deep to DeVante Parker to complete a 46-yard pass on 3rd-and-7. Next, Tannehill found Jarvis Landry for a 17-yard gain on 3rd-and-11.

Miami took its first lead, 14-7, on a 16-yard Tannehill touchdown pass to tight end Dion Sims. The scoring play finished off another 11-play scoring drive. This one went 84 yards after a Garrett Celek fumble.

While Tannehill was able to throw for 154 yards in the first half, the 49ers held Ajayi to 11 carries for 25 yards in the opening 30 minutes.

In the second half, Tannehill threw his second touchdown of the game on a 43-yard pass to Stills. He completed his third on a 15-yard connection to wide receiver Leonte Caroo.

Kelly liked what he saw from the 49ers rush defense but pointed to the challenges the secondary faced when covering an explosive group of Dolphin play-makers.

Niner Nuggets -- Shayne Skov was shaken up covering a punt late in the first half. He was later ruled out for the remainder of the game due to a knee injury.

-- Rookie defensive lineman Ronald Blair recorded his first full sack in the third quarter. He dropped Tannehill for a 9-yard loss on third down to force a punt. Blair now has 1.5 sacks on the year.

-- Nick Bellore and Ahmad Brooks split a sack on Tannehill to close out the first half. Brooks leads the team with 4.0 sacks on the year.

-- Quinton Patton sustained a concussion in the third quarter and did not return.

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