EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The 49ers have never been defeated in back-to-back games in the Jim Harbaugh era. On Sunday, Harbaugh’s club made sure to keep the streak alive with a dominant 34-0 performance over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Players were accountable following a Week 3 road loss in Minnesota and vowed to bounce back with a vengeance.
The whole team did just that.
With the visiting club up 34 points with less than five minutes remaining, the home crowd dispersed towards the exits, leaving New York 49ers fans to fill the bottom rows of the stadium.
“It felt good to come home,” said starting right tackle and Piscataway, N.J., native
Davis enjoyed his first professional game in front of his home state, only he lamented not being able to spike the ball in celebration after
Instead, former Jets lineman
“There’s no better feeling than celebrating with your running back in the end zone,” Davis said. “I wanted to spike the ball but Goody beat me to it.”
San Francisco gave its traveling fans plenty to cheer for with four takeaways, a blocked punt and three rushing touchdowns on the day.
Kaepernick saw action on opening drive, rushing for 17 yards on a zone-read fake to
The play-calling remained creative on the next drive with Manningham picking up 28 yards on a fake hand-off to Hunter and fake reverse to
By game’s end, the team picked up 245 rushing yards with Kaepernick, Hunter and Frank Gore each rushing for more than 50 yards.
Kaepernick got the 49ers on the board first with a 7-yard touchdown run around the left edge behind left tackle
“We called a sweep to the left,
Following the quarterback keeper, the 49ers got the ball right back with safety
It was just the first of many takeaways on the day.
“We know what we’re capable of,” said linebacker
The 49ers defense recorded four takeaways and in the process got back to their hard-hitting, turnover-forcing ways. In total, the defense recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles, totaled three fumble recoveries and held the Jets and Mark Sanchez to paltry numbers across the board.
Sanchez finished the game completing 13 of 29 passes for 103 yards and posted a 39.9 quarterback rating.
“They definitely had a good week practicing,” Harbaugh said, “but it’s those guys. Great work today, job well done.”
Although Kaepernick saw playing time early and finished the game in mop-up time, Harbaugh was pleased to see all 46 of his active players contribute to a hard-fought win.
“I think it behooves the team when you can give guys a role,” Harbaugh explained.
Players were thrilled to complete the team’s 10-day road trip with a victory and Harbaugh thanked the people of Youngstown, Ohio for make the team’s stay a positive one.
“Maybe we need to go back to Youngstown and go home to play Buffalo,” joked cornerback Carlos Rogers, who recovered two fumbles on the day, including one that he scooped and returned for a 51-yard touchdown.
The team will fly back to San Francisco with heads held high.
A shut-out certainly helps, too.
“That’s always a good feeling,” said defensive co-captain
For now, the team will enjoy a cross-country flight reflecting on the latest, and perhaps, greatest, team-wide win of the Harbaugh era.
“Our players really, really played well,” Harbaugh said. “They brought a lot of energy to this game.”