What We Learned: Patriots 30 - 49ers 17

View images from the Week 11 game between San Francisco and New England.

On a wet day that featured a halftime tribute for Hall of Fame owner Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., the San Francisco 49ers failed to find their second-half footing against one of the best quarterbacks in league history.

Tom Brady, a native of nearby San Mateo, Calif., threw four touchdown passes in a 30-17 road victory for the New England Patriots.

The 49ers were held to seven points in the second half of the Week 11 matchup. The home team has now lost nine consecutive games.

San Francisco is now 1-9 on the year. New England improved to 8-2.

Here's what we learned on Sunday. 49ers Offense Goes Quiet in Second Half
Neither team committed a turnover on Sunday, but the 49ers fumbled the ball five times in wet conditions.

Colin Kaepernick appeared to be in command of Chip Kelly's offense in the first half. Despite being sacked twice by defensive backs on San Francisco's opening drive, the 49ers signal-caller found his stride.

Following a historic field goal from Phil Dawson (more on that in a bit), Kaepernick hit Garrett Celek for an 18-yard touchdown pass to make it a 13-10 game with 4:56 left in the first half. Kaepernick threw into tight coverage but was able to put the ball where only his tight end could make a play on it.

Kaepernick finished the first half 8-of-9 passing for 116 yards with one touchdown and a 155.8 quarterback rating. The 49ers trailed, 13-10.

New England's defense kept San Francisco off the scoreboard in the third quarter as the rain continued to fall. Kelly said the wet conditions contributed to the low-scoring quarter. The 49ers have only scored 16 points in the third quarter this season.

The 49ers added a late touchdown on a 13-yard Kaepernick touchdown pass to Draughn.

Kaepernick's early momentum was stifled. Running lanes for Pierre Garçon were clogged as well. Hyde rushed 11 times for 55 yards in the first half. He finished the game with 19 rushes for 86 rushing yards.

Kaepernick's promising day ended with this stat line: 16-of-30 passing for 206 yards with two touchdowns. Kaepernick was sacked five times and finished the game with a 97.4 quarterback rating. He added four rushes for 32 yards on the ground.

Dawson Joins Special Club

DeBartolo wasn't the only one being congratulated on Sunday. Dawson earned some much deserved recognition, too.

The 49ers veteran kicker made a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter for his 400th career field goal, becoming the 10th kicker in league history to accomplish the feat.

Dawson has made 14-of-15 field goals for the 49ers this season.

The most special part of Dawson's kick, besides the make, was seeing punter Bradley Pinion and long snapper Kyle Nelson raced each other to the end zone to collect the ball.  

Dawson was mobbed by his teammates upon returning to the sideline.

Brady Gonna Brady

Sometimes you just have to tip the cap when credit is due.

Brady connected on four touchdown passes to four different targets on Sunday. All of them showed the 39-year-old's mobility, accuracy and what has made him a clutch performer for so many years.

Brady first hit Edelman on a 4-yard touchdown to finish off a 27-yard scoring drive in the first quarter. Following a 44-yard run by LeGarratte Blount on his second carry of the game, Brady threw his second touchdown with a 9-yard pass to running back James White.

Late in the first half and into the third quarter, San Francisco stopped New England on four consecutive drives. It appeared that the 49ers had found ways to get pressure on the 17-year veteran quarterback and bottle up Blount on the ground.

Brady, however, sealed the victory by leading a touchdown drive at the end of the third quarter. He threw his third touchdown pass of the game while scrambling – a 5-yard strike off of his back foot to wide receiver Danny Amendola – to make it a 10-point lead for New England with 14:55 left to play.

Brady wasn't done.

He next hit rookie wide receiver Malcom Mitchell in stride down the right hashmarks for a 56-yard touchdown.

New England's lead ballooned to 27-10. Stephen Gostowski later tacked on a field goal to give the visiting team 30 points on the day.

Niner Nuggets -- Ahmad Brooks sacked Brady in the second quarter. Brooks now has 3.5 on the year.

-- Aaron Burbridge made his first career start for Torrey Smith (shoulder), who was inactive for the first time in his six-year career.

-- Chris Harper caught his first pass with the 49ers, a 19-yard gain in the first quarter. Harper finished the day with two receptions for 35 yards.

-- Rashard Robinson was active after missing two games with a knee sprain. He worked as the team's third cornerback. Jimmie Ward moved inside as a slot defender against three-receiver sets.

-- Ward left the game in the fourth quarter and was evaluated for a head injury. He was later diagnosed with a concussion.

-- Eric Reid left the game on New England's last drive with what appeared to be an arm injury.

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