Catch up with former 49ers cornerback Eric Davis each week as he recaps the game. In this latest column, Davis discusses the 49ers win over the Jets.**
Sunday's win was the most impressive win of the season for the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers sustained an extremely high level of play for four quarters and dominated a very good New York Jets football team.
For the second week in a row the defense played to its potential and overwhelmed an opponent. Even with the absence of Nate Clements, the 49ers secondary left very little room for error for the future Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Cornerback Walt Harris put the game away with his interception, but the solid play of Tarell Brown and Donald Strickland help control the flow of the game and allow the 49ers defense to destroy the Jets on third down situations defensively.
The defensive front had a good day as well. The 49ers used four down lineman for most of the game and were able to get good push into Farve's face all game. Aubrayo Franklin was very active chasing down plays in the run game and making things uncomfortable for the quarterback. Roderick Green, Parys Haralson, and Justin Smith were able to record at least a partial sack, and Joe Staley delivered the hit of the game, folding one Jets receiver like a used beach chair.
Offensively the 49ers controlled the game as effectively as they have all season. The offense held the ball for nearly forty minutes and was extremely efficient.
Shaun Hill continued to do his thing spreading the ball around - this time to ten different receivers. He confidently stood his ground, and Hill - not Brett Favre - led his team on a fourth quarter scoring drive that put his team up by two scores and put the game out of reach. It was the kind of drive that GOOD teams have during those crucial moments of a game.
Even after losing Frank Gore with an ankle injury, the offense used the pass to set up the run, but ran it well enough to keep the Jets defense guessing. Eric Heitmann, David Baas, and Chilo Rachal met the coaches' challenge and neutralized the Jets All-Pro defensive lineman Kris Jenkins.
There were some favorable bounces in the game, but sometimes you need those. Jason Hill continues to emerge at the receiver spot, but he can not fumble on the goal line. Special teams can not give up ninety-nine yard returns and hope for a holding call. However, things happen in this game, and the 49ers found a way to win for the second week in a row.
The team seems to be moving in the right direction. Time will tell if the team is responding because Mike Singletary IS the head coach or if they had grown numb to Mike Nolan and are simply responding to a different voice - any voice. But, Coach Singletary and the 49ers have a chance to show that the culture is changing by continuing the WIN STREAK in Miami.
Sounds good doesn't it? 49ers…Win streak.