LONDON -- Led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers started strong and didn't let up, demolishing the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The 49ers (6-2) have won five games in a row, scoring at least 31 points in each victory, something the franchise last accomplished in five consecutive games in 1997.
"San Francisco (is) a very good team," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "We knew that coming in. They do a really good job running the ball and getting explosive plays and we need to react accordingly and I thought we missed some opportunities."
The Jaguars (0-8) have lost their last 13 games, dating back to week 13 of the 2012 season. The last victory for Jacksonville was Nov. 25, a 24-19 win over Tennessee. Jacksonville has not been within one score of its opponent in the fourth quarter in any game this season.
Kaepernick scored two touchdowns and hit tight end Vernon Davis with a 2-yard TD pass to build a 28-0 lead. Frank Gore opened the scoring with a 19-yard run, coming at the end of a 76-yard drive following the opening kickoff.
"The touchdown run, the first one I believe it was, he saw a window and it was closing fast and he got up in it," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He looked much like a running back and that's great courage. You don't always see that in the quarterback position."
The next three scoring drives were 80, 72 and 63 yards. Jacksonville punted after each San Francisco score and gained only 56 total yards until Josh Scobee kicked a 38-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first half to cut the lead to 28-3.
Kaepernick completed 10 of 16 passes for 164 yards, and ran for 54 yards on seven carries. Gore had 71 yards on 19 attempts.
"The offense came out very strong and put together great drives, scoring drives," Harbaugh said.
Jacksonville didn't roll over in the second half, as some suspected they did in last week's 28-6 loss to San Diego. The Jaguars mounted two long drives in the second half, but failed to score both times on fourth down plays from inside the San Francisco 10.
What the 49ers said
"The preparation was outstanding. The players were dialed in, did a great job in practice and off the practice field, in their free time. We were real good. ... Curfews were 100 percent each night. Good team." -- Coach Jim Harbaugh on his team's London success.
"The beginning of the game when they were playing the two national anthems, I felt like I was at the Olympics. As a youngster I always wanted to be in the Olympics and at the moment I was feeling like the moment when they play the gold medal and the silver medal and the bronze medal, the different anthems. I got a chill when the gal was singing 'God Save the Queen.'" -- Harbaugh on the pregame festivities at Wembley Stadium
What the Jaguars said
"We've faced some good opponents, some really good offenses last week and this week, but that is no excuse. I think that we need to reevaluate things and see where we are. Maybe we need to condense our package a little bit. Maybe we got a bit too far ahead of ourselves." -- Coach Gus Bradley on the Jaguars' 0-8 start
What we learned about the 49ers
1. Colin Kaepernick makes the offense more dynamic. When Kaepernick is a multi-dimensional threat, defenses have a tendency to play back on their heels. "He looked much like a running back, and that's great courage," said Harbaugh. Kaepernick had 54 rushing yards and he and Frank Gore had two TD runs apiece. "Kaepernick is just a stud athlete," Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said.
2. San Francisco is hitting its stride at the right time. There are concerns -- namely ineffective play from the wide receiver group and replacing linebacker Aldon Smith's edge-rushing prowess -- but with five consecutive wins Harbaugh takes his team into the by before a difficult five-game stretch the includes games at New Orleans, a Monday night date at Washington and the much-anticipated rematch with NFC West rival Seattle at Candlestick Park in Week 14 (Dec. 8).
What we learned about the Jaguars
1. There's still no right answer at quarterback. Chad Henne produced one touchdown, a 29-yard toss to Mike Brown, but that came courtesy of gift-wrapped field position in the form of a 49ers fumble. "There are definitely some plays that we needed to make, and the red zone really killed us,'' Henne said. ''If it's just players needing to make plays, we have to make them. We need to man up.'' Even the good news -- Brown's scoring grab -- was bad news for Jacksonville. Playing an ocean away from their true home stadium, the touchdown counts as the Jaguars sole "home" touchdown on the 2013 season.
2. And part of the problem, in large doses, is inconsistent production from his wide receivers. Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are capable of spectacular plays -- even performances, as witnessed by Blackmon's 14-catch effort two weeks ago -- but teams that jam them off the line and set a physical tone have overwhelmed Blackmon and Shorts this season. Blackmon's longest gain in a four-catch, 31-yard effort was 12 yards. Shorts led the team with seven catches for 74 yards -- none for more than 15 yards.