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San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Jets: Niners Defense Fuels Win

The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE


The San Francisco 49ers defeated the New York Jets 34-0, in what has turned out to be Rex Ryan’s worst game since joining the Jets in 2009.

As a head coach of the Jets, Ryan has never suffered a shutout this big in his four years with the team. The last shutout loss was a 9-0 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in 2010.

The Jets will have to answer constant questions about whether this team can compete without the services of Darrelle Revis, who suffered a season ending injury in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins.

However, the issues cut deeper for this Jets team.

This is the least amount of talent Rex Ryan has ever had to work with while coaching the Jets. Offensively, the Jets looked anemic and out of touch, while the defense struggled with basic things like tackling or holding on to the ball.

The Jets looked stale, sloppy, and uninspired against a angry, motivated, and talented 49ers team. See the difference?

Mark Sanchez was horrid, and Shonn Green was underused in the Jets gameplan. Even worse, the Jets lost Santonio Holmes to what looks like a potentially serious injury. Holmes left the game in the fourth quarter, and didn’t return.

Defensively, the Jets were just outplayed. The 49ers played more physical and it showed.

Against the Jets, the 49ers had 44 rushing attempts and were pushing around Rex Ryan’s crew all game long.

The Jets even struggled a bit on special teams, as evidenced by the 49ers blocked punt that led to a Kendall Hunter rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Nevertheless, the 49ers won this game on the strength of their defense. The offense was solid, but the defense was absolutely suffocating in all phases of the game.

They forced turnovers, stopped the run, and played sound coverage against Mark Sanchez and this Jets offense. Sanchez completed less than 50 percent of his passes, while also holding the GQ quarterback to zero touchdowns and an interception.

The Jets were still in this game after a sloppy first half, only down 10-0, but their play spiraled as the game progressed.

If the offense continues to struggle in this fashion, expect the Jets to make a change at quarterback.

The San Francisco 49ers (3-1) will face the Buffalo Bills in Candlestick in Week 5. New York Jets (2-2) will stay in MetLife and play the sizzling Houston Texans (4-0).