Both Kaepernick and Gore insisted on speaking at the podium in tandem after San Francisco’s 42-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL’s International Series game at Wembley Stadium.
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Kaepernick and Gore both scored two rushing touchdowns against the Jaguars, too.
It was the first time a 49ers running back and quarterback scored two rushing touchdowns in the same game since Oct. 1, 1961 when Billy Kilmer and J.D. Smith each scored twice. The last time it happened in an NFL game was on Nov. 9, 2003 when Doug Flutie and LaDainian Tomlinson accomplished the feat.
Gore has been the bell cow for nine seasons with the 49ers, but he’s pleased to have a helping hand from his dual-threat quarterback.
“I’m happy he’s getting in the end zone,” said Gore, who finished the game with 19 carries for 71 yards.
Kaepernick scored two rushing touchdowns for the first time in a regular season game and finished with seven carries for 54 yards. Gore scored two touchdowns in consecutive weeks for the first time of his career.
Kaepernick produced a passing score when he lofted a perfect 2-yard touchdown pass to his tight end
The running plays were impressive, but Jim Harbaugh loved the way the 49ers quarterback surveyed the field from the pocket and picked up first downs with his feet. But most notably, Harbaugh raved how Kaepernick lowered his shoulders to score from and 12 and 9 yards out to help San Francisco establish a 28-3 first-half lead.
The ball-control oriented drives saw the 49ers use 8, 8, 10 and 6 plays to take a 25-point lead.
San Francisco had 38 first-half plays, including one kneel-down, and produced first-half 28 points in the one-way non-conference matchup.
When asked what he liked most about Kaepernick’s running efforts, the 49ers coach said, “A lot of speed and courage.”
Kaepernick’s 19-yard touchdown saw Gore level a pair of Jacksonville defenders to seal the edge for his quarterback.
“He saw a window and it was closing fast,” Harbaugh said. “He got up in it. It looked much like a running back. You don’t always see that from the quarterback position.”
The 49ers used great precision in the first half to set up the four scoring drives.
“The offense came out strong and put together good drives,” Harbaugh said. “I thought our preparation was outstanding. Our guys were dialed in.”
To get things started, San Francisco used a “big sleeper” play-call from offensive coordinator Greg Roman to set up Gore’s 19-yard touchdown run, the first of four first-half touchdowns. Fullback
It turned out to be Kaepernick’s longest pass of the game and was a career-long reception for Miller. San Francisco’s signal-caller finished the game 10 of 16 for 164 passing yards with one touchdown and a 117.7 quarterback rating.
The rushing attack was team-wide in London.
In total, the 49ers rushed 38 times for 221 rushing yards, good for an average of 5.8 yards per carry.
“We’re taking steps,” Gore said after the lopsided win. “Each week, we’re getting better. Each week, you don’t know who it’s going to be.”
This week, it was Kaepernick and Gore, who had their way running through Jacksonville’s rush defense.
Gore now leads the 49ers with seven rushing scores and now has 618 rushing yards at the bye week.
Kaepernick is second on the team with 294 rushing yards and is now tied with Hunter with three rushing scores, second behind Gore.