‘Jauan Was A Man Today’: Jennings Big Day Sends 49ers To Playoffs

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    Rams Can’t Get Job Done In Overtime Loss To 49ers

    Former Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings turned in the best game of his professional career Sunday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The second year receiver’s two touchdown performance helped push San Fransisco past the Los Angeles Rams to send the 49ers to the playoffs.

    Jennings tied a team high six receptions, totaling 94 yards and the 49ers only two receiving touchdowns in the, 27-24, overtime win. All three marks were career highs for the receiver.

    “Jauan Jennings was a man today,” San Fransisco head coach Kyle Shannahan said postgame.

    As he often did in his five years in Knoxville, Jennings catches came in big moments.

    The second year receiver’s third quarter touchdown tied the game at 17.

    Jennings second touchdown pass proved even more critical. With the 49ers driving late and trailing by a touchdown, the Murfreesboro native hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing extra point tied the game.

    In overtime, Jennings kept coming, catching a pair of passes to move the chains on third downs. That led to the 49ers making a go-ahead field goal and most importantly, clinching a playoff spot.

    “It means everything,” Jennings said of making the playoffs.”Like I said, we’re not done. Have another week of football and for us, and this team, it just means we have to go back to work. There’s nothing else we’d rather do than play football next Sunday, next Saturday, Friday, Monday, Thursday, it don’t matter. Can’t wait!”

    Of Jennings six catches, three went for third down conversions and two were touchdowns.

    San Fransisco ends the year at 10-7, earning the six-seed in the NFC and a trip to Dallas for a wild card round matchup.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.