It was another monstrous game for the San Francisco 49ers, as the team beat the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 at Wembley Stadium in London on Oct. 27.
The offense was on point, scoring touchdowns on four out of five possessions in the first half. But the real hero of the game was the defense, which held the Jaguars to a single field goal during the first two quarters.
The Niners opened with an eight-play drive that saw running back Frank Gore weaving his way through defensive holes and scoring on a 19-yard run. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran for a 12-yard touchdown on SF’s second possession. On the next offensive drive, a two-yard pass from Kaepernick to tight end Vernon Davis gave SF a 21-0 lead. Kaepernick then scored on a quarterback draw to put the Niners up by 28.
Jacksonville answered with a 40-yard kickoff return, to give them excellent field positioning. But three plays later the Jaguars were kicking it away again. Late in the half, the Jags marched down the field only to settle for a field goal.
When the second half opened, Jacksonville marched down the field, but after converting on a fourth and one, the Niners’ defense held strong, forcing Jacksonville into another fourth down situation in the red zone. The Jaguars went for it, but San Francisco stifled the touchdown attempt and took over at their own nine-yard line.
On the next set of downs, a botched snap caused Kaepernick to fumble. Jacksonville recovered, and three plays later finally got on the board with a 29-yard pass from quarterback Chad Henne to wide receiver Mike Brown. It was the first and only touchdown Jacksonville would score.
Two minutes and 54 yards after the touchdown, Gore pummeled his way into the end zone for the 49ers’ fifth touchdown of the game.
Linebacker Patrick Willis then caused a fumble. Linebacker Dan Skuta recovered the ball and ran 47 yards for yet another SF score.
With time running out, the defense stepped up again and forced the Jaguars to turn the ball over on downs, allowing the 49ers to run out the clock for the win.
Kaepernick went 10/16 with 164 yards and one touchdown in the air, and ran for 54 yards on seven carries for two touchdowns on the ground. Gore scored twice, running 71 yards on 19 carries and Davis got on the board once, receiving 52 yards on three catches.
The 49ers enter the bye week with a 6-2 record and a five game win streak. San Francisco will host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:05 p.m.