Smith, Defense Help 49ers Shut Down Jaguars 20-3

Alex Smith

Typically, the San Francisco’s game plan is usually dictated by the run and their defense. During Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Candlestick Park, there was a slight change of plans in the team playbook as the pass would take center stage, with decent results. Alex Smith threw for a pair of touchdowns while the defense was airtight, allowing San Francisco ti annihilate Jacksonville 20-3.

The first quarter was relatively a feeling out session as the only scoring that took place was a 46-yard field goal by Joe Nedney, giving the 49ers a 3-0 lead; the second quarter was more productive for San Francisco as Smith connected with tight end Vernon Davis on a 3-yard touchdown pass, upping their advantage to 10-0; eight minutes later, Smith would toss a 4-yard TD pass to Frank Gore, increasing their lead to 17-0; Josh Scobee would convert a 32-yard FG with no time left in the half, putting Jacksonville on the scoreboard at 17-3. The third and fourth quarters were basically a battle for ball control not to mention an airtight 49ers defense as the only scoring in the second half was a 27-yard FG by Nedney with 7:29 left in the third quarter, icing the game for San Francisco.

Smith had a decent day, going 27-for-41 for 232 yards with 2 TD’s while David Garrard went 25-for-36 for 307 yards. Gore led the 49ers rushers with 33 yards on 16 carries while catching 7 passes for 14 yards and a score; Maurice Jones-Drew led the Jaguars with 15 carries for 75 yards while catching 5 passes for 35 yards.

Davis led all 49ers receivers with 6 receptions for 69 yards and a TD while Michael Crabtree caught 4 for 54 yards; Delanie Walker caught 4 passes for 52 yards while Josh Morgan caught 6 for 42 yards. Mike Thomas led the Jaguars receivers with 4 receptions for 62 yards while Torry Holt caught 4 passes for 50 yards; Mike Sims-Walker caught 4 for 46 yards.

San Francisco (5-6) plays again next Sunday when they travel north to Seattle to take on the Seahawks while Jacksonville (6-5) returns home to host the Houston Texans – also next Sunday.

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