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Jaguars clinch division title despite disappointing loss to surging 49ers

18 January 2018

Although this performance will be widely criticized by those seeking confirmation bias on Bortles following his previous month-long hot run, Bortles does deserve credit for rallying the Jaguars back in a game where their defense could not stop Jimmy Garoppolo and gave up a game-sealing 30-yard rushing score to Matt Breida. That was a weird sentence to write.

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers attempts a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their National Football League game at Levi's Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. "But guess what, we're going to have to take it off then". For the first time of the day, they looked to be the better team on the field.

Though Bortles was able to rack up some gaudy numbers, throwing for 382 yards and two touchdowns, he committed costly turnovers as a 49ers secondary that has struggled to take the ball away prospered.

After forcing a Jacksonville punt on its first drive the 49ers constructed another impressive 9-play, 59-yard drive on their next possession, jumping in the driver's seat early with a 10-0 lead. A pinpoint throw over the middle to George Kittle put the 49ers back in front, but his best pass came as Garoppolo hit Trent Taylor for another score with a sidearm effort across his body while rolling to his left.

"Since Jimmy G got here things have been a lot different", running back Carlos Hyde said. In his time with the Niners, he's 100-of-145 for 1,268 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions for a passer rating of 98.9.

Strong caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 44-33 loss at Levi's Stadium. "He's a pretty humble kid too, so he's a big part of that, a big part of the reason why we have got something special here".

"We go into every single game confident, even against the No. 1-rated defense in the NFL". They are trying to win the AFC South championship and they can clinch the division title with a win over the 49ers. We're a better offense than that. Up 16-0 in the second quarter, placekicker Robbie Gould has his PAT attempt blocked and returned for a safety, which jumpstarted the first Jacksonville comeback.

It was his first career interception, and he returned it 27 yards to the Jaguars 26-yard line. Garoppolo led a 79-yard drive and scored a touchdown on a 1-yard sneak.

The Jaguars' offense was performing really well recently, especially due to Leonard Fournette's impact and the sudden improved play of Blake Bortles.

It led to a peculiar afternoon where the 49ers tacked on a second-quarter defensive touchdown by cornerback Dontae Johnson.

END ZONE PICK Garoppolo was 13-of-18 before a potential touchdown pass got intercepted in the end zone by Barry Church.

The Jaguars were without starting wide receivers Marqise Lee (ankle) and Allen Hurns (ankle) due to injury.

Jaguars clinch division title despite disappointing loss to surging 49ers