Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wrap-up: 49ers 20, Jaguars 3
By Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson
The host San Francisco 49ers played a mistake-free game. The same can’t be said for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mistakes killed them.
Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard was pressured all day in a 20-3 loss. As has been a terrible trend all season long, Garrard’s penchant for fumbling was critical to the Jaguars’ loss, too. Led by Patrick Willis, San Francisco’s defense was fundamentally sound.
We saw very little from Maurice Jones-Drew in the first half, as he posted just 18 rushing yards on only five carries. Jacksonville underutilized Jones-Drew -- which is a mistake any way you cut it. When the Jags did move the ball, it was via the short, controlled passing game that Garrard managed and executed quite well. He distributed the ball to eight different receivers, with seven of those getting multiple catches.
But 49ers quarterback Alex Smith did much of the same –- and his team made fewer errors. The woes of Jacksonville’s pass defense were exposed yet again. Jacksonville was without its best cornerback, Rashean Mathis, and the Jags have one of the league’s worst pass rushes.
The Jaguars defensed the first touchdown of the game – a short Smith pass to tight end Vernon Davis -- poorly. Davis was all alone.
Jacksonville’s red-zone performance also left a lot to be desired, as did the kicking by Josh Scobee, who missed two field goals.