In a back-and-forth game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers, Blake Bortles made a game of it late — leading two unanswered touchdown drives to get the team to within four points.
With a little less than two minutes to go, the Jaguars defense needed a stop and they didn’t get it. What happened and how’d the 49ers run game break down the Jaguars defense?
The reason I’m including the onside kick is because I don’t understand why we didn’t kick away. There’s 1:50 left in the game and you have to think there’s an incredibly small chance of recovering a second one in a row.
I’m wondering if the coaching staff wasn’t aware they had three timeouts until after they’d made the decision to kick. After all, they were originally charged an injury timeout when Jaelen Strong went down right before this, but the officials gave the Jaguars their timeout back since the injury came from a player who had committed a penalty on that play.
Either way, with three timeouts, I think kicking away is the right call.
Play #1: 1st and 10 at SF 49
Carlos Hyde gets four yards on this run, but it’s what happens after the play that puts the 49ers in field goal range. Malik Jackson was called for a personal foul penalty — headbutting.
That gives the 49ers the ball just 32 yards from the end zone.
Play #2: 1st and 15 at JAX 37
After a false start penalty backs up the 49ers five yards, Hyde gets another four yards.
Play #3: 2nd and 11 at JAX 33
Calais Campbell makes a heck of a tackle to allow Hyde just three yards. It’s now third-and-long and even with an onside kick that maybe shouldn’t have happened and a dumb personal foul penalty we could get the ball back down either four or seven points and needing a touchdown.
Play #4: 3rd and 8 at JAX 30
The 49ers bring out their speed back in Matt Breida and fake the end around to Marquise Goodwin. That doesn’t catch any Jaguars players unaware of what’s going on, it’s just that the 49ers have more than enough players on that side of the field.