The San Francisco Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars have combined for two losses in their past five games, and they’re in the midst of a seven-game losing streak.
But on Sunday, the Eagles were in control of the game when a 39-yard field goal by punter Nate Kaeding gave them a 24-14 lead at the half.
The Eagles never trailed again, and the Jaguars finished the night with just seven total points.
It was the second straight week the Eagles lost by three points or less.
“That was our biggest win of the year,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said.
“It’s a big one for us.
It was a big win for us, and I’ll tell you right now, it’s one of our biggest wins of the season.”
But after Kaeding hit the opening field goal, the Jaguars responded with two consecutive scoring drives that gave them the lead for good.
They went on to score 21 points over the final 2:27, including a 4-yard TD run by Marqise Lee with 10:11 left.
The Jaguars’ offense struggled against a San Francisco defense that had held Jacksonville to a single point in their previous four games.
Quarterback Blake Bortles had a passer rating of just 29.5 against the Eagles last week, while Jacksonville’s defense held them to just 21 points.
The 49ers led 21-3 heading into the fourth quarter, and Kaeding put the Eagles in front with a 48-yarder with 1:18 left.
He hit the right upright to put the game away.
“We came out here to play football, and this is what we did,” Kaeding said.
The victory keeps the Eagles one win away from the NFC Championship Game, and will help them avoid the next two playoff berths, where they’d be guaranteed a trip to the Super Bowl if they beat the Rams.
The bye week will also give the Eagles the chance to rest up and get ready for the playoffs.
The win kept Kaeding in the hunt for his first career postseason victory, and it was his first win since beating the Chargers on Dec. 5, 2012.
The NFL season is just a few weeks away, so it’s hard to see this week as a major factor in the Eagles’ playoff chances.
“I don’t think so,” Kaeder said.
I don’t see it being a huge factor.
We’ve just got to do what we do, and keep going out there and trying to win every game.”
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had his best game of the week with an 18-for-24 passing performance.
He completed 18 of 30 passes for 236 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Jets defense was particularly effective.
The defense held the Eagles to 2.7 yards per play in the first half, including 0.7 in the second quarter.
The offensive line did not allow a single sack in the game.