The 49ers ran their late season winning streak to four games Sunday, beating the Jaguars and improving their record to 5-10.
Before the game started, the Rams beat the Titans, which clinched the AFC South for Jacksonville and the NFC West for Los Angeles, thus ensuring the Niners would finish the season with two games against teams with nothing to play for.
The Jaguars spent the first quarter looking like a team that wanted to be popping champagne, not popping shoulder pads with a lesser species. When the score hit 16-0, Jacksonville appeared to regain their dignity and promptly ran off 19 unanswered points to take a three point lead.
Then QB Blake Bortles turned into qb blake bortles, the old model of Bortledom, who couldn’t play a lick. Two more interceptions to go with the first half pick six and suddenly the Niners were up 37-19 in the fourth quarter. The Jags rallied a bit, but it was too little too late.
Still, before Jimmy Garoppolo came along, the 49ers could lose to anybody who threw 22 guys out on the field to play them. But if you don’t bring your A game at them now, you’re going to get beat. Just ask Jacksonville. When they’re done celebrating their first trip to the postseason since 2003.
The rest of the league has not had to pay much attention to the new Niners, but that will not be the case next year.