The Jacksonville Jaguars got off to a promising start in 2023, going 6-2 before their BYE. They then ran into a huge speed bump in Week 10, the San Francisco 49ers. Entering the game, it looked as if the Jags had a realistic chance to come out on top. Doing so would've put them in the conversation as one of the top teams in the league. However, San Francisco proved to be too much for them, and lost 34-3.
That turned out to be one of Jacksonville's lowest points of the season. Conversely, it was the start of the 49ers' Super Bowl run. At the time of the bout, they were coming off a three-game losing streak. Following the win over the Jaguars, they only dropped two games the rest of the way.
Now, the 49ers find themselves one game away from raising the Lombardi Trophy, and it's not by mistake. They reached the NFC Championship in both of the previous two seasons and also faced the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl four years ago. Now, they'll have a chance at getting payback.
So how did San Francisco get to this point? Here are three things they did that the Jaguars can learn from their Super Bowl run.
3. The 49ers have never stop being aggressive when acquiring game-changers
Having Brock Purdy play on his rookie deal helps but even before they drafted him, the Niners never shied away from swinging for the fences. They gave defensive end Javon Hargrave a top-market deal last offseason and they pulled off a trade for left tackle Trent Williams in 2020. Just last year, they acquired edge rusher Chase Young at the deadline.
However, the 49ers' biggest acquisition in recent years was arguably running back Christain McCaffrey. Although he was one of the top playmakers in the league early in his stint with the Carolina Panthers, injuries and dull playcalling rendered him ineffective. San Francisco, though, didn't think twice and jumped at the chance to trade for him.
The move might've been bold but it paid off, as McCaffrey has enjoyed a career revival in The Bay Area. That said, he's just one of many pieces that make the offense work. The point is that the 49ers aren't afraid to keep loading up on talent if given the chance, unlike the Jaguars.
General manager Trent Baalke had several chances to restock the roster last year but opted not to. In particular, he could've made upgrades to the interior offensive line and the pass rush but didn't do it. That dearth of activity went on to haunt them back in the regular season.