49ers break Patriots’ 32-game home streak without allowing first-drive TD

49ers break Patriots' 32-game home streak without allowing first-drive TD

The 49ers continued a streak of their own with their game-opening touchdown drive on Sunday, and ended one of the Patriots’ in the process.

San Francisco used nine plays to go 75 yards on the first drive of the game at Gillette Stadium, capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run by Jeff Wilson. It marked the second straight week the 49ers scored a touchdown on their opening drive after they did the same in their Week 6 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

It also marked the first time the Patriots had allowed a touchdown on the opening drive of a home game in more than four years.

Wilson’s score broke a streak of 32 consecutive regular-season home games that New England had gone without allowing a touchdown on the opening drive, and was the first the Patriots had allowed since the Buffalo Bills’ 12-play, 65-yard TD drive on Oct. 2, 2016.

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There’s a 49ers’ connection to both bookends of the Patriots’ streak, as Jacoby Brissett started that game against the Bills for New England in place of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo. The Bills went on to win that contest 16-0 in what was the fourth and final game of Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension.

The 49ers surely hope the same pattern holds.

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