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49ers game plan vs. Jacksonville

Published: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9C

A look at today's 49ers game in London vs. Jacksonville; including: broadcast information, matchup to watch, three keys to the game and injury report.


Opponent: Jacksonville

Where: Wembley Stadium, London

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: 49ers by 15

Records: 49ers 5-2, Jaguars 0-7

TV/Radio: FOX40 (Chris Myers play-by-play, Tim Ryan color), 680, 1320


49ers cornerback Tarell Brown vs. Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon

Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the season, but he's been making up for lost time over the last three. He has 384 receiving yards and is clearly Jacksonville's most explosive offensive weapon. The 49ers have had at least one interception a game during their four-game winning streak. Blackmon will line up in various spots and will be covered at times by different cornerbacks. His main adversary, however, will be Brown.


• The 49ers' greatest opponent may be fuzzy focus. The Jaguars are winless and are at or near the bottom of the NFL in several key categories. The 49ers must guard against road weariness after a 10-day trip and looking ahead to this week's bye.

• Jaguars tailback Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging only 3.1 yards per carry and has just two touchdowns. Still, the 49ers' defense can't overlook the small, but powerfully built runner. He'll get a lot of carries early as Jacksonville tries to establish its ground game.

• The 49ers' coverage units are rounding into shape. But the return game lacks pop. Kyle Williams had three more fair catches on punts last week, including at least one he could have returned, and he leads the league with 19 fair catches.



• Out: WR Quinton Patton (foot)

• Questionable: WR Jon Baldwin (illness), DT Glenn Dorsey (hamstring), DT Ray McDonald (biceps), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)

• Probable: G Alex Boone (shoulder), LB Navorro Bowman (wrist), T Anthony Davis (shoulder), TE Vernon Davis (hamstring), RB Frank Gore (ankle), QB Colin Kaepernick (foot), S Donte Whitner (knee), WR Kyle Williams (knee), LB Patrick Willis (groin)


• Questionable: WR Stephen Williams (Achilles')

• Probable: LB Russell Allen (ribs), WR Justin Blackmon (hamstring), DE Andre Branch (knee), WR Stephen Burton (concussion), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), QB Blaine Gabbert (hamstring), CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle), DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee), DT Roy Miller (shoulder), DE Jeremy Mincey (concussion), WR Ace Sanders (concussion), WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder)

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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