49ers run over Jets

Jerry Beach, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After the San Francisco 49ers' thorough 34-0 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, coach Jim Harbaugh said he walked into the visitor's locker room at MetLife Stadium and heard a bunch of players declaring, "That's more like it."
The words were a lot different down the hall after the Jets watched the 49ers dominate them with the style of ball Rex Ryan expects to see out of his team.
Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter each ran for touchdowns to highlight a 245-yard rushing effort by the 49ers, who forced four Jets turnovers and also blocked a punt in a 34-0 rout Sunday.
"Our defense made great plays, got the ball back for the offense," Harbaugh said. "That's opportunistic football, that's something that's very good, and we didn't turn the ball over. Played more the way we're accustomed to."
The 49ers (3-1) capped a two-game road trip and bounced back from a 24-13 loss last week at Minnesota by posting their second shutout under Harbaugh.
"Bad taste in our mouth the entire week," 49ers quarterback Alex Smith said. "I don't think that goes away after a day. It's not like a 24-hour rule. It just sits around."
The Jets fell to 2-2 in front of an announced crowd of 79,088 with their worst shutout loss since a 41-0 pasting by the Jaguars on Oct. 8, 2006. A livid Ryan -- whose first two Jets teams reached the AFC Championship game thanks to a stout defense and a run-oriented offense that minimized mistakes -- ordered players to stay away from the team complex until Wednesday.
"I can't remember getting beat like we got beat," Ryan said. "I don't think that's ever happened."
The Jets were playing their first game without injured All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and may have suffered another long-term loss when Santonio Holmes' left foot bent awkwardly as he made a catch early in the fourth quarter. Holmes flung the ball in agony and 49ers defensive back Carlos Rogers returned it for the game-clinching score.
Gore rushed 21 times for 62 yards and Hunter added eight carries for 56 yards to lead a 49ers offense that featured nine different ball carriers.
The 49ers led just 10-0 at the half but consistently toyed with the Jets by displaying a variety of trick plays on offense. Smith pitched, a la an option quarterback, to Kyle Williams for a 2-yard gain the play before Kaepernick, the 49ers' Wildcat quarterback, rushed 7 yards for his first NFL touchdown.
"Some creativity, a chance to make a play (he) felt could be successful," Harbaugh said of his decision to utilize Kaepernick.
Earlier in the first half, Mario Manningham gained 28 yards on an end-around. The 49ers capped the day with a 30-yard run around right end by Kaepernick, who slid at the Jets' 3-yard-line with 1:12 left.
While the 49ers' foray into gimmicky offenses thrived, the Jets continued to struggle with their Wildcat offense. Tim Tebow completed his first pass with the Jets early in the second quarter, but Dedrick Epps fumbled it and the 49ers recovered. The Jets gained just 13 yards on four Wildcat plays in the first three quarters and ended the day with a meager 145 yards of total offense overall.
The Jets briefly stirred in the second quarter, when consecutive sacks of Smith forced the 49ers to try a 55-yard field goal, which David Akers missed. But the Jets recorded just one more first down -- via a penalty -- the rest of the half and committed a costly turnover when Mark Sanchez (13 of 29 for 103 yards and one interception) fumbled as he tried to wriggle out of a sack at the San Francisco 25. The 49ers converted the fumble into a field goal as time expired.
NOTES: The 49ers became the first West Coast team to beat the Jets at home in a 1 p.m. game since the San Diego Chargers won 31-26 on Nov. 6, 2005. In between losses, the Jets beat the Oakland Raiders twice and the Arizona Cardinals and Chargers once apiece in early games at the Meadowlands or MetLife Stadium. ... The 49ers improved to 4-0 after a loss under second-year coach Jim Harbaugh and 3-0 on the back end of consecutive road games. ... Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas' sack of Alex Smith in the second quarter was his first since Dec. 26, 2010. Thomas, who was released by the Jets before last week's game but re-signed Tuesday, missed the final 12 games of last year with a torn Achilles. ... The Jets were shut out in the first half for the first time since Oct. 31, 2010, when they lost to the Green Bay Packers 9-0.

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