Football fans in the United Kingdom attending Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium unfortunately did not get to see a very competitive game between the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars. They did, however, observe a 49ers team that took another step toward Super Bowl form and treated their visit to London like a homecoming game.
San Francisco was dominant on both sides of the ball in the 42-10 win over a Jacksonville team considered to be one of the worst in the NFL. The 49ers out-gained the Jaguars 221-90 on the ground. The defense’s only blemish came on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Mike Brown, but shined in the fourth when Patrick Willis forced a fumble returned 47 yards for a touchdown by Dan Skuta.
A win over the Jaguars is nothing to brag about, but the fashion in which they won shows us that the 49ers are playing at a form similar to their Super Bowl run. One could argue that they are playing at a level higher than at any point last season; they set a franchise record for a fifth straight game, scoring 30 or more points in Sunday’s win. The 28 points the 49ers had at halftime were the most they’ve had at the half this season.
In addition to an outstanding running game by the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick played exceptional as well. He threw for 164 yards and a touchdown and was a big contributor to the run attack, accumulating 54 yards and two scores on the ground.
The 49ers knew they were scheduled to play an inferior opponent, but they didn’t overlook Jacksonville. They played them at full throttle and proved their superiority with a commanding victory. San Francisco did exactly what it should have.
San Francisco might have a bit of a test in two weeks at home against the rolling Carolina Panthers, but the true test will come in the following week when they visit the New Orleans Saints. It will be San Francisco’s first game in the Louisiana Superdome since losing in Super Bowl XLVII in February.