The 49ers pummeled the Jets in a 34-0 win in a game that was complete. The defense had its first shutout on the road since a 38-0 win over the New Orleans Saints in 2001.
“The defense was outstanding,” said Alex Smith. “It doesn’t happen often in the NFL. Our guys came out to play and anytime the defense comes out like that it’s easy on us.”
The only touchdown from the 49ers in the first half came from a drive with the help of running the ball. A reverse end around to Mario Manningham moved the ball 28 yards down the field. Runs by Frank Gore, Alex Smith and Kendall Hunter set up Colin Kaepernick for the touchdown. Kaepernick was able to run a bootleg with everyone blocking for him scoring the lone touchdown.
“Kaepernick was effective, he’s a good player,” said Smith. “I’m happy for him because he works extremely hard in practice.”
The 49ers forced a turnover in the first half when the Jets were driving the ball. One of them was from a forced fumble by Dashon Goldson. They were able to get within field goal range, but two sacks allowed doomed the field goal attempt. David Akers missed the 55-yard try and it remained 7-0.
Another turnover was forced by the 49ers when Aldon Smith pressured Mark Sanchez on the 49ers’ 28-yard line. Sanchez fumbled the ball and the 49ers recovered on third down. The 49ers moved down the field to get into field goal range thanks to some key catches by Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. Akers ended the first half with a 36-yard field goal to make it 10-0 at halftime.
The 49ers were strong at running the ball in the first half. They were averaging 7 yards per carry with 119 yards total. Aldon Smith had two sacks and Ahmad Brooks added one to give solid pressure on Mark Sanchez.
“We left a few points out there in the first half,” said Smith. “You would think you can convert down there in the red zone. I felt good about it, but at the same time the score was only 10-0. They were one play away from getting back in the game.”
The opportunity was there for the 49ers to break this game open in the third quarter. Mark Sanchez threw an interception to Patrick Willis to give the 49ers the ball on the Jets’ 40-yard line. The 49ers couldn’t capitalize with an incompletion to Delanie Walker. Akers ended up missing the 40-yard field goal attempt and the 49ers left points on the field.
The 49ers finally broke through later in the third quarter without the gimmicks from Kaepernick. Delanie Walker had a 24-yard reception to bring the 49ers in the red zone. Gore was able to do the rest in running the ball. On a fourth and 1 from the 3-yard line, Gore scored a touchdown to put the 49ers up 17-0.
The game was put out of reach when an unusual injury to Santonio Holmes caused an unforced fumble. Carlos Rogers picked up the ball and ran it 51 yards for a touchdown. This was the first defensive touchdown by the team this season to make it 24-0. Akers tacked on his second field goal after some big gains by Kendall Hunter to make it 27-0.
The exclamation point came when the 49ers made a play on special teams. Larry Grant blocked a punt with his body and the ball was recovered on the Jets 3-yard line. Kendall Hunter was able to run the ball in the end zone to make it 34-0 49ers.
The 49ers held the Jets to 145 yards of total offense. They were able to force four turnovers in total and it led to points three out of the four possessions afterwards.
On offense, the 49ers were able to run the ball for 245 yards total averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith all made big contributions to this.
Jim Harbaugh was satisfied with today’s victory. He was impressed at what the team did in working hard and striving for victory.
“Those guys have just had great work today and a job well done,” said Harbaugh. We executed well. We played with poise and had to work.
Harbaugh felt the team took advantage of all opportunities needed. Whether it was through turnovers or playing strong fundamental football, everything went their way.
“The blocked punt is opportunistic football,” said Harbaugh. “We didn’t turn the ball over and played the way we’re accustomed to. We’re doing a lot of good things up front. It was a job well done by our offensive line and players in a tremendous effort.”
The agenda for next week is to come back and be ready for the Bills, according to Harbaugh. Business should continue as usual for the 49ers. Everyone is pumped for next week.
“Our players have said ‘That’s more like it’,” said Harbuagh. “Our guys are pleased with themselves as they did a job well done. We’ll take our humble hearts back to San Francisco and now it’s on to playing the Buffalo Bills.”
-Alex Smith was had 12 completions on 21 attempts, but didn’t make any mistakes. He overthrew a few receivers on what could’ve been big plays.
-The 49ers were effective and controlling the battle in the trenches on defense and offense. The defensive line penetrated effectively leaving room for Ahmad Brook and Aldon Smith to bring pressure.
-Ted Ginn Jr. returned for the first time this season. He was mostly returning punts for the team.
-Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson prevented any major plays from the Jets. Goldson had a tip where a touchdown was prevented.
-Santonio Holmes was held to 29 receiving yards and four receptions before going down with an injury.
-David Akers made two of four on field goal attempts. He missed from 55 and 40 yards but made 40 and 36 yard attempts.
-Brandon Jacobs was still inactive after being listed as questionable.
-Backup Jets CB Kyle Wilson was beaten for majority of the day by 49ers receivers. Alex Smith wasn’t able to throw the ball down the field when beaten.
-The Jets were 2 for 13 on third down attempts.
-Randy Moss didn’t record a single reception against the Jets. He was thrown to once by Kaepernick on a bomb, but it was broken up. Moss did make a key block for Kendall Hunter.