Taking England By Storm- The San Francisco 49ers treated Wembley Stadium Sunday as a home away from home. Colin Kaeperinck rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one to lead the 49ers to a 42-10 rout of the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. The 49ers in treating the game very much like the business trip that it was intended to be increased their winning streak to five straight games while the Jaguars at 0-8 are left with more questions than answers. Kaepernick again brought the toolkit to work and used his running ability to open the field and keep the Jaguars defense guessing for the majority of the contest. Frank Gore had another productive day running the football with 19 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Vernon Davis caught three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown while Anquon Boldin brought in four receptions for 56 yards. Defensively the 49ers did what they had to do keeping the Jaguars at bay for most of the afternoon.
A Shaky Start Followed by a Bloody Good Finish- The game almost got off to a bad start for the 49ers as Kyle Williams fumbled the opening kickoff however was able to recover it before the Jaguars could pounce on it. On the 49ers second play from scrimmage Kaepernick found Bruce Miller all alone for a 43 yard pass play that put the red and gold well into Jaguars territory. Six plays later the Jaguars got a good dose of "The Inconvenient Truth" as Frank Gore busted up the middle for 19 yards and found the end zone to give the 49ers a 7-0 lead. When the 49ers got the ball back moments later they went straight to work on the Jaguars once again. From their own 20 the 49ers moved the ball 80 yards on eight plays capping their second drive with a 12 yard touchdown run from Kaepernick to push the lead out to 14-0. In the second quarter the 49ers would repeat the first quarter process to build a healthy lead heading into halftime. Their third possession of the game was another long drive that originated at the end of the first quarter. This time the red and gold drove 72 yards in 10 plays with Kaepernick finding Davis in the back of the end zone for a two yard touchdown pass that increased the lead to 21 points. After another Jacksonville three and out the 49ers were back in business once again. This time the 49ers traveled 63 yards on six plays as Kaepernick again closed out this drive with a nine-yard touchdown scamper. The Jaguars did manage a Josh Scobee field goal at the end of the first half however by this time the issued was all but already decided. Frank Gore added his second touchdown of the day for the 49ers in the third quater on a two yard dash to complete a 54 yard drive that took all of four plays.
49ers Defense Gets Tested- On the defensive side of the ball the 49ers actually got some good tests from the Jacksonville offense. The Jaguars had an 11 play 50 yard drive in the first quarter in between the 49ers first two offensive possessions which ended in a punt. The Jaguars finished the first half with a field goal drive that took 12 plays. In the third quarter the Jaguars embarked on an opening drive that maybe in some ways summed up their whole season. Jacksonville would take the second half kickoff and go on a 17 play drive of 74 yards only to see it die at the 49ers six yard line. Jaguars' QB Chad Henne could not get the ball to Mike Brown on a fourth and goal situation killing any Jaguars hopes of a comeback. The 49ers defense spent over 31 minutes on the field however were able to stop the Jaguars when it mattered the most. NaVorro Bowman led the 49ers defense with 10 tackles. Patrick Willis, Eric Reid, Dan Skuta, Tramaine Brock and Tarell Brown all had big games defensively. Willis in fact forced a fumble that Skuta picked up and ran back for a 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The defense at times may have bent but again never broke. The Jaguars lone touchdown came on a perfectly executed pass play in the third quarter as Henne found Brown in the end zone as he had beaten the 49ers coverage.
Overall A Jolly Good Show- Overall the 49ers played the type of game they needed to play here. The 49ers were very efficient after the opening kickoff hiccup and simply took to taking care of their business. Kaepernick was 10 of 16 for the day for 164 yards. Nine of his 10 completions came in the first half. The offense simply moved the ball well enough and did what was needed. On defense overall it was a good performance. Their primary job in this game was to make sure the Jaguars did not get any designs of making a serious challenge, understanding Jacksonville had very little to lose here. The defense made the plays they needed to make period.
Jaguars Their Own Worst Enemy- The Jaguars stopped themselves twice which proved costly for their cause, once failing to covert on a long drive to start the third quarter. The other time came when Henne threw a perfect pass to Justin Blackmon in the second quarter which he somehow dropped with nobody around him. Had Blackmon caught the ball around the 49ers 10 yard line he probably would have gone in for a touchdown.
Undefeated at Wembley- With the win the 49ers franchise increased their overall mark at the legendary Wembley Stadium to 2-0. In 2010 the 49ers led by QB Troy Smith beat the Denver Broncos 24-16.
Looking Ahead- The 49ers with the win go into their bye week with a chance to get a number of players healthy as the second half of their season starts November 10th. In the second half of their schedule it will be front loaded with Carolina and New Orleans being the next two opponents. The Panthers are playing good football of late while the Saints have been one of the NFC's top teams. The 49ers biggest challenges of this season lie ahead of them.
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