10 quick thoughts from embarrassing Patriots loss to Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers


Well, that was brutal.

The Patriots suffered one of their worst losses in quite some time Sunday afternoon to the 49ers, as San Francisco rolled to a 33-6 win.

Cam Newton was benched in the second half, as he could not do anything and turned the ball over three times. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo was solid on the other side of the field, finishing 20-of-25 with 277 yards and two interceptions in the win.

Not only did the Patriots get blown out, but it didn’t seem like they were prepared from the start and their effort level was not what we’re used to seeing.

This was the Patriots’ third straight loss, which hasn’t happened since 2002.

Here are 10 quick thoughts from the game.

1. Newton has been bad for three straight games, but this was his worst performance. He wasn’t seeing the field well at all and when he did make a throw he was very inaccurate. The veteran finished 9-for-15 with 98 yards and three picks. He was pulled at the start of the fourth quarter and now it’s worth wondering where the Patriots go from here at the position. Jarrett Stidham went 6-of-10 for 64 yards with a pick.

2. Almost as bad as the quarterback play was the tackling on defense. There were multiple missed tackles and it came across as just a poor effort by the defensive unit. There were a few plays that the compete level by a few Patriots players could be questioned.

3. Garoppolo did what he did for most of the year last year — do what he needed to do to win and make a few good throws along the way. While he had two interceptions (one that flew on him early on and then one on a Hail Mary to end the half), he was very solid. His best throw was a 35-yard dime to Brandon Aiyuk up the sideline on third down in the third. While he may not be elite, he’s still a pretty damn good player.

4. Injuries are beginning to pile up for the Patriots. N’Keal Harry left the game and was ruled out with a head injury, Joe Thuney left and did not return with an ankle injury and then Lawrence Guy and Justin Herron also suffered injuries in the game. The injuries up front are very frustrating considering they got David Andrews and Shaq Mason back from missing multiple games.

5. Kyle Shanahan did an outstanding job scheming things up to attack the Patriots defense’s weak spots on the edges and getting the linebackers in space. The defense did not have an answer all game and that is a credit to Shanahan and the 49ers offensive staff.

6. Things are getting very frustrating for Julian Edelman. His snaps are down and in turn so are his numbers. He was targeted just twice in the loss and both led to interceptions (one from Newton and one from Stidham). He showed visable signs of being frustrated on the sidelines during the game.

7. The Patriots have an issue at wide receiver. There were four interceptions when targeting wide receivers in the game, and on the season they now have one passing touchdown and eight interceptions on passes to wide receivers this season.

8. If there was any positive to be taken from the game it was Nick Folk, as he made both his field goals. He’s been solid this season, as the kicking position has not really been an issue.

9. One other positive may have been Jakobi Meyers as he finished with four catches for 60 yards. This was his first real extensive action of the season as he replaced Harry following his injury.

10. Before the game, Robert Kraft went over the the 49ers side of the field during warmups and hugged Garoppolo before catching up for a few moments. Prior to that, he spoke for a few minutes with Wes Welker, who is the 49ers’ wide receivers coach.


Trailing by 20 points at halftime was the Patriots' second-largest home halftime deficit under Bill Belichick (24 in 2013 vs the Broncos).