You can feel it as soon as you walk into the stadium. Crowd's going nuts just in pregame. The'll end Sunday in Los Angeles against the Rams, who've won their first NFC West title since 2003.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo once again, had a day.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk is plenty busy with his day job but if he were the general manager of a team employing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and was about to deal with Garoppolo's forthcoming contract situation, he knows what his plan of attack would entail.
Interceptions by K'Wuan Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon were parlayed into second-half touchdowns by the 49ers.
On the opposite side of things, the 49ers would hold Bortles to a 73.8 passer rating on 366 yards passing, two touchdowns and his first three interceptions in a month.
The 49ers appeared in control when Johnson returned a deflected interception 50 yards for a TD to put San Francisco up 16-0. Imagine what Shanahan and Garoppolo can do with an improved roster in place and an offseason to dive all the way into their offense. He's available to play after being the only 49er listed as questionable coming into the weekend.
It is the Jaguars' first AFC South title and their first division crown since 1999. While their receiving corps have also drawn praise (Marcedes Lewis is back from shoulder injury, while Jaydon Mickens is also proving a threat on kick-returns) the real turnaround has been the rebound to full fitness of the offensive line, featuring Jermey Parnell, Patrick Omameh and Brandon Linder. Garoppolo connected with wide receiver Trent Taylor for a five-yard touchdown completion.
Bortles' best stretch occurred in the final drive 0f the first half when he marched the Jaguars 80 yards on eight plays and capped it with 5-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong.
The to-do list is lengthy, way too lengthy for a team that has visions of a deep playoff run.
Then on a 49ers touchdown drive that started late in the third quarter and finished in the fourth, Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack was penalized 15 yards for taunting and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Jaguars had gone 21 straight games without allowing a touchdown on their opponents' opening possession, the league's only team to do so this season. Garoppolo was throwing quickly to disarm the Jaguars' pass rush (one sack). And four of those five victories have come in games Garoppolo has started.
"It's awesome", Garoppolo said. The rookie running back picked up 48 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Johnson also had an interception and score as a rookie in 2014.
Bortles threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for the Jaguars.
Garoppolo lit up a defense that entered Sunday ranked first in the league in terms of points allowed, yards per play allowed and takeaways per game.