Not since Oct. 4th, 2009 when the San Francisco 49ers shutout the St. Louis Rams 35-0 have they shutout an opponent so badly as Sunday night in MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets, winning by a pathetic 34 – 0.
It was obvious the 49ers were ready to kick ass and take names on Sunday, after coming off their first loss this season, an embarrassing one at that, to the Vikings. The Niners played dominant defense Sunday, and even had a surprising cameo coming from Colin Kaepernick. (Who?)
Kaepernick is a second-year backup to starter Alex Smith. He took advantage of an opportunity and seized upon his most significant action since becoming a pro. Smith and Kaepernick occasionally rotated and it was actually Kaepernick who put up the first points of the game with a 7-yard run into the endzone. Prior to Sunday Kaepernick had only one other carry: a 17yd run during the season-opener in Green Bay.
Frank Gore was outstanding as usual, and gave the 49ers a 17-0 lead with a 2yd touchdown run on fourth down late in the third quarter. And to add shame to misery, Santonio Holmes was carted off the field with an ankle / knee injury and never returned. 49er Larry Grant blocked a late fourth-quarter Jets punt which gave Kendall Hunter an easy 1yd touchdown run on the next series and granted San Fran a 34 – 0 cushion.
After such a brutal beating did the Jets wave the white flag of defeat and surrender the match after Gores TD? No, they decided to put in the comeback kid also known as Tim Tebow . However, that experiment was short-lived as Aldon Smith stopped Tebow, on third down, for a 2yd loss on the ensuing series.
Overall, the Jets tried to implement Tebow uniquely into the offense. He was able to throw his first pass of the season, which resulted in a completion but quickly turned into a fumble. Tebow faked a handoff, then faked a quarterback draw, and completed a 9yd throw to Dedrick Epps, who then fumbled the ball as he took a brutal hit from Dashon Goldson.
Unfortunately that was only the first of many Jets turnovers, Patrick Willis intercepted Sanchez during a crowd roaring “boo” throughout the third quarter, and Justin Smith recovered the ball after Aldon Smith’s knocked it loose on his second sack of the day.
And do I even need to bring up Sanchez? His performance lacked everything that a starting Quarterback in the NFL should have. The Jets need to look into their future and get someone who can lead this team, and if they could complete passes that would be nice to. I think I speak for all Jets fan when I say that was an embarrassing loss and the New York Jets, along with Rex Ryan, should be ashamed of such a performance. However, I doubt they will be.