Tom Brady only has 76 yards passing as the New England Patriots trail the San Francisco 49ers, 17-3, at halftime from Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night Football.
After San Francisco failed to convert a fourth-and-one from the 25-yard line to open the quarter, the Patriots offense seemed to hit it's stride. New England looked more like itself, protecting Tom Brady and picking apart the 49ers defensive secondary as it drove down the field for a 16-play, 62-yard drive that led to the Patriots' first points of the night, a 32-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.
The play of the drive was a key fourth-and-four, where Brady hit Deion Branch for a nine-yard pass and a first down. That set up consecutive runs by Danny Woodhead, but the Patriots couldn't punch the ball in and settled for the field goal.
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense answered New England's call though, using a 35-yard pass interference call to set up a 30-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker, who fumbled the ball inside the five-yard line earlier in the first quarter. After back-to-back runs from Frank Gore, Kaepernick found Walker wide open in the corner of the end zone on a speedy drive that took only 1:32.
After an unsuccessful possession from New England, the Niners got right back to attacking the vulnerable Patriots defense. They ate up almost six minutes to close out the second quarter, using runs from the quarterback and Gore to set up another score, as they took a 14-point lead into the half.
At the half, Kaepernick is out dueling the veteran, Brady. The second-year quarterback has completed 8-of-15 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns compared to Brady's 10-of-19 performance for 76 yards and one interception. Kaepernick did fumble the ball three times, but the Patriots weren't able to recover any of the potential giveaways.
After having three combined turnovers in the first quarter, the two teams were careful spreading the ball around in the second quarter, with neither turning the ball over once.
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