Having already clinched the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans loss the Jacksonville Jaguars headed in their match up against the San Francisco 49ers looking to stay hot. On the other side the 49ers were looking to win their fourth straight game with Jimmy Garoppolo under center.
The 49ers would take a quick 10 point lead after a Garoppolo TD run and a field goal in the first quarter. Then in the second quarter Blake Bortles would throw a pick six to Dontae Johnson to make it 16-0. Then a rare moment on the extra point kick, Robbie Gould’s attempt would get blocked And Aaron colvin would score the safety making the score 16-2.
The second quarter the Jags would come scorching back first with a Leonard Fournette TD run, then a Blake Bortles pass to Jaelen Strong would tie the score at 16-16 going into the half.
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Any momentum the Jags had going into halftime clearly had zero effect on the 49ers in the third quarter. Even after taking the 17-16 lead after a Josh Lambo field goal, Jimmy Garoppolo would find George Kittle from 8 yards out to take the 23-17 lead.
Then in the fourth quarter Garoppolo would connect with Trent Taylor from five yards out to make the score 30-17. Then after a 49ers turnover, Carlos Hyde would punch it in from six yards out and the 49ers would have a commanding 37-17 lead.
Really rough day for Blake Bortles who came back to earth after having the best three game stretch of his career. It was his first three INT game since at Baltimore in September of 2016.
But wait, there’s more. The Jags weren’t going to just bow down. These are the AFC South champs we are talking about. First a T.J. Yeldon one yard run and a two point conversion would make it 37-25. Then the Jags would recover an onside kick and Bortles would toss his second TD of the game now all of a sudden it’s a 37-33 game with under two minutes to go.
A failed second onside kick gave the 49ers the ball with under two minutes however Jacksonville would have three time outs. All the Jags needed was a quick three and out and they would have a chance, but Matt Breida would break free for 30 yards to give the 49ers the 44-33 win.
The Jaguars are now 2-12 on the west coast with eight straight losses. Three of their five losses this season came against NFC West opponents.
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