Jets roasted for conceding impossible third-and-31 to 49ers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Converting on third-and-31 is nearly impossible in the NFL. But don’t tell that to Jerick McKinnon and the 49ers.
Facing a mile to go from inside their own 11-yard line early in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, McKinnon rushed 55 yards to complete the first down by plenty.
Jet flipped on the jets on 3rd and 31 ✈️ pic.twitter.com/pkdVyaBFZi— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) September 20, 2020
According to NextGenStats, the 49ers had a 1.6 percent chance of converting from that down and distance.
The chances Jerick McKinnon and the #49ers offense convert on 3rd & 31 from their own 11 yard line according to our Expected Rushing Yards model?— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 20, 2020
➤ First Down Probability: 1.6%#SFvsNYJ | #FTTB pic.twitter.com/ndcXrWSFYq
It was the first such conversion since 1999.
By giving up a 55-yard run on 3rd-and-31, the Jets have become the first team to give up a run for a first down on a 3rd-and-30 or longer since 1999 https://t.co/HZFJvLhaga— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) September 20, 2020
And of course, given the Jets’ struggles during the game -- and general ineptitude for years -- NFL Twitter had a field day making fun of them.
49ers just ripped off a 55-yard run on 3rd-and-31. This is the worst Jets team of my lifetime ... and that's saying something.— Dan Hanzus (@DanHanzus) September 20, 2020
The Jets just allowed a 55 run on 3rd and 31!!!!!! 3rd and 31 freaking yards. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gase is gone soon— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 20, 2020
A 3rd-and-31 ... and McKinnon goes for 55. Rock. Bottom. The Jets are pathetic. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 20, 2020
Jets coach Adam Gase already might be on the hot seat, and the 49ers' historic conversion against his squad certainly didn’t help.