San Francisco 49ers

Halftime: Kaepernick, 49ers hanging in against Brady, Patriots and the elements

SANTA CLARA -- Most of the fans inside Levi's Stadium seem like they're here to see Tom Brady, but Colin Kaepernick's act has been just as good.

The 49ers quarterback has led two scoring drives, finishing the second with a nice, 18-yard touch pass -- not exactly his calling card -- to tight end Vance McDonald to cut the Patriots lead to 13-10. Kaepernick is 8-9 for 116 yards and a 155.8 passer rating

However, he's also been sacked five times in the opening half and the 49ers have had more issues with the wet ball than their counterparts from New England.

Brady, who is playing in his first-ever game inside a 49ers stadium and who purchased more than 100 tickets, has been solid as well. He's 12-17 for 108 yards and two touchdowns, including a nicely conceived misdirection pass to running back James White, who scored from nine yards out.

Kaepernick led the 49ers down field on their second drive, which included a 19-yard catch and run by receiver Chris Harper -- his first as a 49er -- a 26-yard pass to Shaun Draughn and a couple of hard runs by Carlos Hyde that moved the offense to the Patriots 3-yard line. Hyde has 11 carries for 55 yards.

San Francisco, however, went backward on two of their next three plays, a theme in the first half. Seven plays have gone for no gain or negative yards.

Phil Dawson, who was the 49ers' MVP a year ago, kicked a 33-yard field goal on the drive, the 400th of his career.

Speaking to his popularity in the locker room, Dawson was congratulated by on the sideline by coaches and teammates before the ensuing kickoff.

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