The San Francisco 49ers showed the fans in London how dominant they can be as they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 42-10. The 49ers improved to 6-2 with their fifth win in a row. This was the fifth consecutive game in which the 49ers scored 31 or more points. That is a feat that the 49ers have not done since 1997.
The offense got off to an uncharacteristically fast start. Joe Staley said that it was crucial that they do so against a team like the Jaquars that is looking for it’s first win. Staley added; “We needed to let them know that we came to play and that we weren’t overlooking them. We didn’t take them lightly.” Colin Kaepernick acknowledged that this game was the first time that they did so all year.
The Jaguars were clearly outmatched by the 49ers rushing attack. San Francisco was able to gain a total of 221 yards on the ground. Kendall Hunter led the way with 84 yards on nine carries. Frank Gore also had a good game. He rushed for 71 yards on 19 carries. Two of those carries were touchdowns. Kaepernick was able to break off a couple of nice scrambles on his way to 54 yards and two touchdowns.
The passing game continued to be put on the back burner. Kaepernick only attempted 16 passes but completed ten of them. The only passing touchdown of the game came via play action when Kaepernick connected with Vernon Davis for a two yard touchdown.
Defensively, the 49ers continued to play very well despite the loss of Aldon Smith. Corey Lemonier and Justin Smith got some early pressure on the quarterback. As a unit, the secondary shut down Justin Blackmon. He only had four catches for 31 yards. Cecil Shorts benefited from the attention paid to Blackmon as he had seven catches for 74 yards. Henne had passed for 300 yards in two consecutive games but the 49ers didn’t allow that streak to continue.
Eric Reid talked about what has worked for the 49ers defense this year. “Playing physical has been our motto for the whole year. We knew they had two great weapons in their receiver and running back. We put more pressure on the linebackers and the secondary to cover their receivers.”
Tarrell Brown added; “We just played a lot of man today. We felt like we matched up very well with those guys. Was hard on the breaks, especially in off man. We just tried to break on the ball and play defense. We were focused in on film, put our foot to the metal and knew it was going to come down to us. We are willing to put in the effort day in and day out to be great.”
The highlight of the game had to be a 47 yard fumble recovery and touchdown run by Dan Skuta. “I was dropping out and Pat raked the ball out. I happened to be in the right place at the right time. Every one blocked well and all I had to do was run.”
This is the second time the 49ers have played in London since the International Series started. They won the last game 24-16 over the Denver Broncos in 2010.
Anthony Dixon has come up in trade rumors for the 49ers. He is said to be on the trade block. Dixon will be a free agent after this season but could have value to a team that is looking to add a big back. He had a 47 yard kickoff return today.
Kyle Williams struggled in the return game. He fumbled a punt and fielded a kickoff that was surely headed out of bounds and would have given the 49ers the ball at the 45 yard line.
Lamichael James was inactive for the third straight game. He may be activated after the bye week if the 49ers decide to use him in the return game.
Jonathan Baldwin was inactive for the game as well. He is dealing with an undisclosed illness. His name has also come up in trade rumors as ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently reported that the 49ers should Baldwin and a second round pick for Josh Gordon.
The 49ers offense was clicking so well that Andy Lee only had to attempt one punt which traveled 46 yards.
Greg Roman got a chance to show the Jaguars what they missed out on by not giving him a chance to interview for their head coaching job. He was a candidate last year when the Jaguars were looking for a new head coach.
This team sits at 6-2 going into the bye week. They will take some time off before getting back into the grind to get ready for the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers will be back in front of the home crowd at Candlestick Park. Tedd Ginn Jr. and Cam Newton will lead the Panthers.