The New York Jets never showed up on Sunday.
Both teams got off to slow starts, the only difference was the Jets continued throughout the entire game.
The San Francisco 49ers stuck to their bread and butter by rushing the ball 44 times for 245 yards en route to a 34-0 win. At first, the Jets’ defense kept the 49ers in check, but they got worn down and it wasn’t pretty.
The offense was a big reason the defense struggled. They couldn’t sustain a drive, plain and simple. The longest drive the Jets had all day was their opening possession when they drove the ball 30 yards down the field and eventually punted.
When your starting quarterback finishes with a 2.8 Quarterback Rating you know it was a rough day. Mark Sanchez barely broke 100 yards passing and completed just 13 of 29 passes. The fourth-year QB also threw an interception, lost a fumble and was sacked three times.
It’s no secret the 49ers have a great pass rush. They made Sanchez look uncomfortable all day, but he did himself no favors by holding on to the ball for way too long and being unable to avoid the pressure.
To add insult to injury, or should I say injury to insult, Santonio Holmes went down with what could potentially be a serious left foot injury. Early in the fourth quarter the receiver caught a pass, went to the ground before contact and fumbled away the ball. The play, which was Holmes’ last, ended with Carlos Rogers scooping up the loose ball and returning it 51 yards for a touchdown.
The game was 24-0 after Rogers’ big play, but the beating continued. The 49ers added a blocked punt deep in Jets’ territory, which set up their final touchdown.
One play that pretty much sums up the Jets’ afternoon was when Tim Tebow was lined up at quarterback. He snapped the ball and was finally given an opportunity to throw. Tebow completed the pass to tight end Dedrick Epps for nine yards, but as soon as Epps was hit he fumbled and lost the ball.
At 2-2 the Jets are having an identity crisis. Nothing was working for them on offense or defense and if they believe they’re playoff contenders this cannot continue. Something needs to change.
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Written by Matt Brody