American Football: San Francisco 49ers 42 Jacksonville Jaguars 10
In a totally one-sided affair, this years’ International Series was brought to an end as the San Francisco 49ers dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars in an impressive 42 - 10 win.
The game, the final of this years’ two-game series, was never billed as an evenly-matched affair and, straight from the first whistle, the evidence was there for all to see as the heavily favoured 49ers’ proved too much for a Jacksonville side still searching for their first win of the season.
Taking the lead on their first possession, the 49ers never looked back as they controlled both sides of the in front of over 83,500 fans.
Fumbling their kick return, the 49ers soon found their momentum and – after a lofted 43 yard pass to Bruce Miller moved them into Jaguars territory – Frank Gore rumbled in from 19 yards to give his side an early lead.
Following the PAT which made it 7-0, it was the Jaguars turn to fumble the kick off. Juggling it deep in his own half, Jordan Todman managed a five yard return before being brought down as the Jacksonville offence prepared for their first action of the evening.
Starting brightly, the Jag’s Maurice Jones-Drew – who’s struggled so far this season – took the handoff for an 11 yard gain before the Chad Henne led offence stalled at midfield.
Watching the resulting punt land in the endzone for a touchback, the Niners’ offense took to the field on the 20 yard line. However, on their first play – a throw down the sideline intended for Anquan Boldin - the Jaguars’ Will Blackmon was rightly called for holding and, after the officials enforced the penalty, the 49ers marched relentlessly on for their second score.
Running in from 12 yards on a designated quarterback run, Colin Kaepernick made it look easy as he bounced around the outside of the Jacksonville defence on his way to giving his side a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Three minutes into the second quarter it was 21-0.
Following an impressive 17 yard scamper, Kaepernick – who finished 10 of 16 for 164 yards - found Boldin for a 14 yard gain before Miller was stopped for no gain on the Jag’s two yard line. On the resulting play, quarterback found a wide open Vernon Davis in the corner of the endzone.
Hauling in the pass the 49ers lead was increased further when Phil Dawson slotted home the extra-point to make it 21-0.
After another ineffective Jaguars’ drive, the 49ers made it 28-0 as Kaepernick, adjusting the play at the line, took the ball in from nine yards for his second rushing touchdown of the game - capping a six-play 63 yard drive.
With the first-half coming to an end the Jag’s finally managed to get something going offensively as they put together 12 play 60 yard drive, culminating in a Josh Scobee field goal to make it 28-3.
Re-emerging for the second half, looking somewhat invigorated compared to their first half efforts, the Jaguars began well. Inching down the field on a 17 play 78 yard drive, they ultimately ended up scoreless however as Henne failed to connect with Mike Brown in the endzone.
Presented with a second chance, following a Frank Gore fumble on the 28 yard line, the Jag’s offence didn’t make the same mistakes twice and, finally, found their way into the endzone as Henne threw to Brown once more.
Reeling it in, without a 49ers defender anywhere near him, Brown – along with Scobee who kicked the point after – handed the hapless Jaguars a lifeline as they reduced the deficit to 18.
However, the margin was to be short-lived as four plays later Gore squirmed his way in from two yards, adding to the 49ers lead.
San Francisco soon added to their total again as Dan Skuta, the 49ers’ starting outside linebacker, recovered a Marcedes Lewis fumble and sprinted 47 yards for a touchdown, making It 42-10 with just over 10 minutes left on the clock.
As time expired neither team added to their points total as they ran out the clock in front of a rapidly emptying stadium.
With the lead secured, Colt McCoy replaced Kaepernick for the last four minutes of action as the Niners’ ran the clock down on a victory that seemed a formality from the first whistle.
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