Bortles led a 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a one-yard rushing touchdown for running back Leonard Fournette.
Jacksonville cut the deficit to 37-27 on T.J. Yeldon's 1-yard touchdown run and Bortles' two-point pass to Ben Koyack with 2:17 left. His quarterback rating was 102.4.
It turns out he's exceedingly talented, poised, and a ideal fit for a Kyle Shanahan offense that requires timing, accuracy, and schemes receivers open constantly, a critical element for a team so devoid of skill position talent. "The other half is, we just got the [stuff] kicked out of us for 60 minutes and we're supposed to be a playoff team". We had to mix in some keepers and bootlegs just so we could slow them down, whether they were effective or not. The sideline stuff, you're not going to get penalized for. "I thought (Garoppolo) did a lot more stuff today that I don't think he has done a ton of his whole career". And it will most likely be as the No. 3 seed in the conference unless Pittsburgh loses its final two games and the Jaguars beat Tennessee.
They better hope the players who failed to block or cover quickly eliminate the errors, the defenders who committed drive-extending penalties learn their lessons and quarterback Blake Bortles doesn't unravel after a season-high three interceptions.
". I just don't know if they've been in a game like that". "Yelling at each other, yelling at us".
"He's done a great job", Brady said. It set up a five-play, 26-yard drive punctuated by Garoppolo's 8-yard scoring pass to rookie tight end George Kittle. This was the first time the 49ers scored a touchdown on their opening drive all season.
The Jaguars lost to the 49ers 44-33 but still clinched their first division title since winning the AFC Central in 1999. Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue and Malik Jackson were whistled for post-play penalties that showed a lack of discipline.
Coming out of the locker room, Jacksonville continued to ride that momentum as they got the ball back to start the second half.
"He is a really good National Football League quarterback", coach Doug Marrone said. Emotions are going to go on, and that's part of the game. "That's what we have to do a better job of". After scoring on a 45-yard field goal, the Jaguars took their first lead of the day at 19-16. Bortles' pass was intercepted after the ball hit wide receiver Keelan Cole's hand and was caught by 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson.
Either way, I'm on the record: this 49ers team - which started the season 0-9 - has looked every bit like a playoff team over the last two weeks, beating two squads in the thick of the playoff race, and if this San Francisco roster can add reinforcements this upcoming offseason, there's every reason to believe this Niners team has what it takes to play in next year's postseason.
However, the Jaguars blocked the follow up extra point.
It might seem like ancient history, but two months ago, the 49ers were a laughingstock.
In the years to come, the context behind New England's decision to trade Garoppolo will fade and all that will be left is the blotter line of the transaction, leaving people to wonder how on earth the 49ers landed a franchise quarterback for one second-round pick.
Garoppolo completed 21-of-30 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Jaguars' defense.