Jacksonville Jaguars fall 30-10 to San Francisco 49ers in preseason game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Beathard hit Dante Pettis on an 84-yard touchdown and Jimmy Garoppolo tossed two more scoring passes on the opening drive of his San Francisco debut in a 30-10…

Jacksonville Jaguars fall 30-10 to San Francisco 49ers in preseason game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Beathard hit Dante Pettis on an 84-yard touchdown and Jimmy Garoppolo tossed two more scoring passes on the opening drive of his San Francisco debut in a 30-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night.

The 49ers (No. 32 in the AP Pro32) were eager to get Garoppolo back on the field after seeing him miss San Francisco’s final eight games last season while recovering from a shoulder injury. He threw for 51 touchdowns and led the 49ers to eight straight wins before his injury.

Garoppolo returned for the finale, throwing his second TD pass to Marquise Goodwin to give the 49ers a 24-17 win over Seattle. He had a rough first half, throwing an interception and going 2 of 7 for 18 yards with a long of 15 yards. He then came alive after halftime, completing his final 10 passes for 137 yards and the two scores.

Beathard had a better debut. He completed 9 of his first 11 passes and finished 23 of 34 for 279 yards. He threw a 6-yard TD pass to Pettis in the first quarter and a 13-yarder to Kyle Juszczyk in the third that put San Francisco up 30-0.

Garoppolo continued the new offense’s trend of producing high-scoring games. The 49ers led the NFL in scoring a year ago with an average of 33.6 points, which was more than every team except the Packers and Seahawks.

San Francisco’s offensive line looked much improved after protecting quarterback issues the last two seasons. Instead of giving up sacks, the unit held Jacksonville to one – with one takeaway – and didn’t allow the Jaguars to sack Beathard.

The Jaguars (No. 31) were playing their third straight game without quarterback Blake Bortles after he sustained a shoulder injury against Chicago in the season opener. Jacksonville offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett spent the week calling plays with Josh Lambo and Jason Myers the quarterbacks.

Bortles wasn’t much of a factor, either. He was 18 of 33 for 176 yards, including an interception late in the first half that led to Garoppolo’s second TD pass to Goodwin.

Bortles was clearly frustrated after that play, pointing his finger at his head as he ran off the field. He had other moments of frustration, too, as he dropped several passes and his poor decision in the end zone led to a fumble that was recovered by Jacquiski Tartt and returned 13 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

WR AUCTION

San Francisco added to its legend in the expansion era by selling one of the few remaining Super Bowl tickets at Levi’s Stadium for auction. A two-seat district-2 seat near the 50-yard line will be the first to go on the market – and could garner between $350,000 and $500,000. A total of 13 Super Bowls have been sold, but this is the only one near the field.

BONO BACK IN TOWN

Rapper Jay-Z and Beyonce attended the game, drawing a swarm of photographers and cameras to Candlestick Park. They shared some time with NFL Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Ronnie Lott and attended several plays during pregame activities.

Playing in his second consecutive NFL preseason opener after a hiatus from football, Andrew Luck got off to a rough start. He went 1 of 3 for 13 yards and was sacked twice in the first quarter, falling behind 10-0. Luck finished 9 of 20 for 120 yards and two interceptions.

RAIDERS PICK UP DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Oakland signed DT Dontari Poe to a four-year contract extension on Saturday and made him the highest-paid defensive player in franchise history with $52 million in guaranteed money. The Raiders had agreed to the contract before the camp started and the move was finalized before a preseason game against the Titans on Saturday night.

UP NEXT

Jaguars: Visit Denver on Thursday night.

49ers: Visit Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

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