The Jacksonville Jaguars held the San Francisco 49ers to just three points in their first possession. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal at first, it’s noteworthy because that drive lasted a shocking 13:05 minutes, almost a full quarter. However, things went south not long after and the Jags are trailing 20-3 at halftime.
As efficient as the Niners were in their first possession, penalties by the Jaguars aided them, a holding penalty by safety Rayshawn Jenkins and offsides by Dawuane Smoot. In the end, the defense made a stand and San Francisco kicked a field goal. This was a great opportunity for Jacksonville to get ahead, so what did the offense do? They went three-and-out.
The Niners got the ball back and wide receiver Deebo Samuel did some Deebo Samuel stuff, scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run. You can’t blame the Jags’ defense though. At that point, they had spent most of the game on the field and were most likely gassed. However, things didn’t end there, and the worst was yet to come.
The Jags got the ball and wide receiver Laviska Shenault fumbled in their very first play. You can say all you want about Trevor Lawrence struggling but the truth is that there are several reasons the offense is struggling and the rookie passer is not among them. Penalties and drops once again have hindered the Jags. To make matters worse, safety Rayshawn Jenkins got ejected for punching wide receiver Jauan Jennings. However you look at it, that’s simply unacceptable, as the penalty got the Niners a fresh set of downs. Here’s the scuffle if you haven’t watched it.
The Jaguars are trailing 20-3 against the 49ers at halftime, things look dire.
Last week, the Jaguars were able to mount a comeback against the Indianapolis Colts. Down 17-0, they got close to getting back in the game but ultimately fell short, losing 23-17. So far, it doesn’t look like they are going to be able to come from behind against the 49ers.
Their offense has only generated 83 yards and 67 of them came in their last drive before the end of the second quarter. Also, they have been flagged five times for 36 yards. If they have any hopes of getting back in the game, they will need to avoid any more penalties and the offense will need to wake up.