The Patriots suffered an almost unfathomable loss on Sunday night. Not that they weren’t expecting a tough test against the 49ers, or even to lose the game, but it was more so the manner in which they lost.
The Patriots gave up 41 points on defense, their most since Week 4, 2009, and just looked completely overmatched against Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and the Niners’ offensive balance.
On the other side of the ball, the Patriots near record-setting offense struggled to score for much of the night, rocking just three points into the locker room at halftime and not getting their first touchdown until midway through the third quarter. At that point, New England trailed by four scores (28 points), which only complicated things.
The Patriots need to find see some improvement in a few areas over the final few weeks of the season in order to feel comfortable heading into the playoffs.
Brady threw for over 440 yards and accounted for two of the Patriots’ touchdowns, one on the ground and...