In week 15 the 9-3-1 49ers traveled to New England to face the 9-4 Patriots. In a sloppy, prime time affair, San Francisco took a 31 – 3 lead in the third quarter before giving up four straight Patriot touchdowns that tied the score at 31 with just under seven minutes to go. The 49ers answered with a long kickoff return and a one-play, 38 yard touchdown drive and then a field goal on their next drive. With under two minutes to go, the Patriots could muster (get it?) only a field goal and then failed to recover the onside kick.
Tom Brady threw for over 440 yards but only 1 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Oddly, the Patriots rushed for four touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick threw only 14 for 25 for 220 yards but four of those were touchdowns. The 49er’s rushing committee picked up over 180 yards.
Both teams went 3 & out four times. The Patriots faced third and long five times and converted twice while the 49ers converted 2 of 6.
The 4-1 49ers faced the 3-2 Giants in San Francisco in week 6. The 49er’s first quarter field goal would be their only points after which the Giants would score 26 point for the win. Alex Smith 19 of 30 for 200 yards, no TDs and 3 ints while Colin Kaepernick contributed 4 of 7 for 82 yards.