on football This loss could pay off for Patriots ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Patriots paused for a moment of silence to remember victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The 49ers' Dashon Goldson was tripped up by Patriots punt returner Wes Welker but not before he picked up a first down on a first quarter fake punt. Jim Davis/Globe Staff 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick beat Patriots lineman Justin Francis to the ball as he recovered his own first quarter fumble. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images 49ers receiver Randy Moss caught a pass thrown by quarterback Colin Kaepernick to score a touchdown in the first quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Patriots running back Shane Vereen fumbled as he was hit by the 49ers' NaVorro Bowman. The ball was recovered by San Francisco. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Tom Brady reacted after a missed opportunity in the first half . Jim Rogash/Getty Images Brandon Lloyd was unable to catch this pass under the pressure of Carlos Rogers in the first half. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Wes Welker couldn't bring down Carlos Rogers as he returned an interception 53 yards. Elise Amendola/associated press 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Deion Branch. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Brady was tossed to the ground by 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Bill Belichick reacted to an official's call in the second quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Brandon Lloyd went high to catch this pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter. Jim Rogash/Getty Images 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran the ball in the second quarter. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Alfonzo Dennard deflected the ball away from Randy Moss in the second quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Danny Woodhead ran in between the 49ers' NaVarro Bowman and Tarell Brown during second quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Dont'a Hightower stopped 49ers running back Frank Gore for a short gain during third quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui made a long reception in front of Donte Whitner during third quarter. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Kaepernick felt the pressure of Rob Ninkovich in the second half. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh argued with side judge Keith Washington and head linesman Mark Hittner. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Danny Woodhead celebrated after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter. Elise Amendola/associated press 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree spiked the ball over the goal post after scoring in the third quarter. Jim Davis/Globe staff Bill Belichick watched Brady come off the field after a turnover. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters A helmet-less Ray McDonald sacked Tom Brady during the second half. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Brady looked towards the line judge after a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Rob Ninkovich was turned upside down as he sacked Colin Kaepernick in the fourth quarter. CJ GUNTHER/european pressphoto agency Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was tackled by the 49ers' Donte Whitner, bottom, and Patrick Willis in the fourth quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Patrick Chung (left) and Matthew Slater stopped San Francisco's LaMichael James during fourth quarter. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Brandon Lloyd hauled in this pass in front of Chris Culliver in the fourth quarter. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Dashon Goldson broke up this pass intended for Aaron Hernandez in the second half. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Brandon Lloyd showed his frustration after an incomplete pass in front of Chris Culliver during the fourth quarter. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Brady left the field during a timeout in the fourth quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Michael Crabtree tossed his hat to some San Francisco fans as he left the field following the victory.