The New York Jets were blown-out by the San Francisco 49ers 34 – 0 today at Metlife Stadium, but perhaps decimated would be a better description, as wide receiver Santonio Holmes leaving the game due to an ugly left foot injury.
The 49ers outplayed the Jets in every facet of the game, and despite being shut out, the final outcome could have been much worse. Here’s how it happened:
The 49ers controlled the ball from the line of scrimmage, rushing for 245 yards and passing for 134 yards. The Jets defense was consistent against the pass, but could not get much going against a stout 49ers offensive line. The defense did a decent job early, but was no match with the Jets offense leaving them on the field for almost 37 minutes.
The loss of Darrelle Revis was not as important to the overall outcome, as his replacement, Kyle Wilson, held his own. Wilson gave up 2 receptions on the day, and was flagged for 1 pass interference call. The pass interference was on the 1st play of the game.
The Jets were quiet in the penalty department, committing 4 penalties for 30 yards. The 49ers had 8 for 67 yards.
Meanwhile, the Jets offense gained a grand total of 145 yards and scored a goose egg on the day.
The Jets offense was horrendous. Scratch that, Mark Sanchez was horrendous, going 13 – 29 for 103 yards with a passer rating of 39.9 and a QB rating of 2.8. Sanchez missed open targets, made consistently bad decisions and made it easy for the 49ers to control the game. The offensive line did a solid job in pass protection, given they were playing the vaunted 49ers defense. Both 49ers sacks were due to Sanchez holding the ball to long, which was due to great coverage. Sanchez couldn’t take advantage of the defense, and two costly fumbles by Dedrick Epps and Santonio Holmes did not help his case. Both players went down with knee and foot injuries and coughed up the ball in the process.
The Holmes fumble was returned for a touchdown. Sanchez’s lone interception came on a deflection during a screen pass attempt. Linebacker Patrick Willis intercepted the pass.
The running game was non-existent, as the Jets ran for 45 yards on 17 rushes for 2.6 yards per carry. The Jets abandoned the running game early, attempting to keep up with Alex Smith through the air. Due to turnovers and multiple 3 and out drives, the lackluster offense failed miserably.
Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano has his hands full now that Holmes is expected to miss a significant amount of time. The other starting receiver, Stephen Hill, missed the game due to a hamstring injury sustained in last Sunday’s win against the Dolphins. The most experienced receiver left is Chaz Schilens. Schilens has 78 career receptions over his 5-year career.
Tim Tebow made his first pass attempt of the season, which was caught by Epps who fumbled on the play. The completion was Tebow’s first pass this season, and was an unfortunate end to one of the few promising drives for the offense.
The special teams unit was not much better, with Punter Robert Malone getting a punt blocked deep in the Jets zone. The block occurred late in the blowout.
49ers kicker David Akers missed 2 field goals on the day, going 2 – 4.
Rookie defensive end Quentin Coples received more playing time, and stopped two rushing plays in the backfield. There is more to be desired, but it’s a start.
Silent performances: Jeremy Kerley, the Jets coaching staff.
The Jets will look to rebound from this loss, playing the 4 – 0 Houston Texans next Monday Night.