NFL Twitter stunned by 49ers' first-half dominance of Pats originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 49ers dominated the New England Patriots after one half of football Sunday, leading the Bill Belichick-coached team 23-3 at the break in Foxboro, Mass.
Led by two touchdowns by Jeff Wilson Jr. and efficient, quick passes from Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers were in total control from the opening kickoff.
Although the Patriots are not the Patriots of old, it still was a stunning first-half result that left much of NFL Twitter in shock with the 49ers' sheer dominance.
I didn’t expect this … through one half.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) October 25, 2020
#49ers are 3rd team to gain 300+ yards in 1st half vs Patriots since Bill Belichick arrived in 2000. The others:
Packers 347 11/30/14
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) October 25, 2020
49ers: 301, NE 39
Yards per play...
49ers 7.9, NE 2.8
49ers 38, NE 14
49ers 22:18, NE 6:45
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 25, 2020
It's not just the score, either ...
49ers: 38 plays, 301 yards (7.9 yards/play)
Patriots: 14 plays, 39 yards (2.8 yards/play)
Credit to Kyle Shanahan and his staff. They've had a boatload of huge injuries. And they look like they'll continue to be a factor in the NFC.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 25, 2020
#49ers have 3 rushing touchdowns in the first half. This is the first time the Patriots have allowed 3 rushing TD in the first half since Week 3 of 2008 against Miami.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) October 25, 2020
Boys out there hunting 😁
— Kwon Alexander (@kwon) October 25, 2020
Cam Newton struggled mightily for the Patriots, completing just four passes for 30 yards with two interceptions.
This game is far from over, but things will have to turn around in stunning fashion for the Patriots to have a shot at a comeback, given how significantly coach Kyle Shanahan's 49ers controlled the first half.