NEW YORK — Brady threw for 1,200 yards and four touchdowns as the New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-17 on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII, ending their three-game losing streak and sending their season into a tailspin.
It was the third time in four games Brady has thrown for 1.000 or more yards.
This was his first time throwing for more than 300 yards since 2007, when he set an NFL record with 1,973 yards, which was set with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the first quarter.
Brady was 2-for-2 on third down for the game.
The Patriots, who have lost seven of their last nine, took advantage of the 49ers’ inability to run the ball to go up 30-3 in the fourth quarter and scored three touchdowns in the last 3:20 of the half to take a 34-28 lead.
They were aided by the 49er defense, which held Brady to two touchdowns on the ground, allowing three.
After a sluggish first half, Brady led the Patriots with 1:27 left in the third quarter, when Brady connected on two of his three touchdowns.
At halftime, he hit a 50-yarder to Nate Washington for a touchdown and finished with 1 of 4 for 28 yards.
Brady had four carries for 17 yards.
It was his second straight game with at least 100 yards rushing.
The first was against Cleveland in the season opener.
He was sacked three times and had four sacks for 49ers quarterback Garrett Bolles.
Bolles completed 15 of 20 passes for 199 yards, including a touchdown pass and two interceptions.
With the win, the Patriots are 4-0 in their last six Super Bowls.
New England won the first meeting between the teams in 2014, 27-20 in New Orleans.
They won the two matchups this season in the opener in New York.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com’s Paul Gutierrez and The Associated Press was used in this report.