Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and the Patriots, despite a scoring rut that lasted for nearly two full quarters, eventually pulled away from the 49ers Sunday to win, 30-17.
It rained for much of the game, and the Patriots appeared comfortable playing conservatively. But after a scoreless third quarter Brady threw two quick touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and turned a 13-10 game into a 27-10 game.
The 49ers allowed more than 400 yards of offense for the fifth straight game. The Patriots scored touchdowns on their first two possessions but then found things uncomfortably close before Brady hit Danny Amendola on a 5-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.
Brady’s four touchdown passes went to four different players. Rookie Malcolm Mitchell, who was playing more in the absence of Chris Hogan, caught four passes for 98 yards and the final touchdown.
Brady now has 21 career games of four or more touchdowns and no interceptions, an NFL record.
The Patriots ran up more than 250 yards of offense in the second half. LeGarrette Blount finished with 124 rushing against the league’s worst run defense, and the Patriots finished 8-of-16 in converting third downs.
Brady threw for 280 yards and was only sacked once. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 16-of-30 for 206 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked five times.
49ers kicker Phil Dawson kicked his 400th career field goal in the first quarter, becoming the 10th NFL player to reach 400 career field goals.
The Patriots are 8-2 and play at the Jets next week. The 49ers, losers of nine straight, are 1-9. They play at Miami next week.