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49ers v Jags at Wembley


Jaguars fans
Jags fans enjoyed the tail gate party, if not the rest of the evening. Photo © Gary Baker
Summing up a great night for San Francisco and a bad time for the home team, Jacksonville. Words by Josh Modaberi, Photos by Gary Baker.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were caught in a Wembley storm as they were swept away by a rampant San Francisco 49ers 42-10.

The Jaguars will be making Wembley their second home in the coming years with three more games to play in the English capital over the next few seasons. Jacksonville crossed the Atlantic with a losing record of 0-7 and things didn't get any better on their first trip to London as their dismal streak continued.


49ers fans
Niners fans preparing for the big game at Wembley. Photo © Gary Baker
This is San Francisco's second regular season game at Wembley Stadium after beating the Denver Broncos 16-24 in 2010.

The 49ers got on the score board early on and by the end of the first quarter were 14-0 up, with touchdowns from Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick. San Francisco continued to pile on the pressure in the second quarter and went into the halftime break leading 28-3, with Kaepernick scoring two more touchdowns.

Jaguars did manage to get on the scoreboard before halftime with Josh Scobee converting a 38 yard field goal for three points. There looked to be more hope for Jacksonville as they came out for the the second half on the front foot and put the 49ers under pressure from the kick-off. The pressure paid off as the Jags scored their first touchdown of the night thanks to Mike Brown collecting a 29 yard pass from Chad Henne.


Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick planned, threw, motivated and ran in two touchdowns. Photo © Gary Baker
The Jaguars' joy didn't last long though as the 49ers replied straight away with their fifth touchdown of the night and the second for Gore as they headed into the final quarter leading 35-10. San Francisco heaped more misery on the Jaguars as Dan Skuta added a sixth touchdown when he returned tight end Marcedes Lewis' fumble for 47 yards.

San Francisco have now won five games on the spin and have a record of 6-2 and are many peoples favourites to go all the way and win the Super Bowl in New Jersey on 2nd February at MetLife Stadium.

Speaking after the game tight end Vernon Davis said: "London is amazing, it was a great crowd, there were a lot of fans in the stadium tonight and they were all into it, it's something that I'll never forget. I think with the group of guys we have in this locker-room we can go all the way, I believe this is going to be an extraordinary year for us and I'm looking forward to rest of the season."


Chad Henne
Chad Henne has had better days: Jax are now sitting at 0–8. Photo © Gary Baker
For Jacksonville they are winless this season with a dismal record of 0-8, and they will be hoping for big improvements when they take on the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium next season.

Kicker Josh Scobee spoke after the game: "Today things didn't go our way, we came up against a very good San Francisco side, but we are looking forward to coming back to London in the future. We are in a process with a lot of young players right now so over the coming years when we come over to play in London you are going to see those young players grow and we'll add to the team each year so you are going to see some improvements.


Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville
The most excitement for Jacksonville came when the Jaguars mascot, Jaxson de Ville, bungee jumped from the roof of London's iconic Wembley Stadium. Photo © Gary Baker
"The coach has talked to us about waiting until we put all three phases together, offensive, defence and special team. At the moment some weeks we'll have defence playing well and the other two not, so we have to put all three together and when we do that we'll really like the end product."

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