San Francisco (6-2) was 6 of 9 on third-down conversions and set the tone by converting a fourth-and-1 on its first possession as it ran out to a 28-0 lead by the midway point of the second quarter. Jacksonville was 4 of 14 on third downs.
“There are definitely some plays that we needed to make, and the red zone really killed us,” said quarterback Chad Henne, who was 29 of 45 for 228 yards passing, including one touchdown. “If it’s just players needing to make plays, we have to make them. We need to man-up.”
The Jaguars converted three of five fourth-down opportunities, but the two misses came in the red zone where the team has scored just five touchdowns from 20 opportunities, including 0 for 2 at Wembley.
But for every gamble or step forward, the team seemed to just as soon stumble as the 49ers created a pair of fumbles, including one that led to a touchdown.
Bradley had called out his team’s performance following last week’s 24-6 loss to San Diego, which was followed by personal tragedy for the coach with news of his father’s death. But Bradley will be encouraged by the Jaguars, who face AFC South rival the Tennessee Titans next, commitment to play a full 60 minutes despite coming up against a much better opponent.
“We’re not going to let anyone break our will. Some (49ers players) were like, ‘Why are you still playing?’ I’m like ‘why are you talking to me?’” running back Maurice Jones-Drew said after rushing for 75 yards from 19 carries. “I think every week we feel we have a chance to win.”
While nearly 84,000 NFL fans attended Sunday’s game, the Jaguars will need to be better by their next visit to London in a year, when they face the Dallas Cowboys. Or these overseas trips could quickly lose their shine to both the team and the local “home” fans.
“We have to put a winning performance on the field to expect people to cheer for us and support us. We can’t just say, we’re the home team, support us,” Posluszny said. “It doesn’t work that way.”