Drive of the Game: Jets vs. 49ers

October, 2, 2012
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In a scoreless game, San Francisco started at its own 32-yard-line with 3:04 left in the first. Three straight runs put the 49ers at midfield before Alex Smith hit Mario Manningham for 28 yards to set up San Francisco in Jets' territory and threaten to put up the first points of the game.

The Jets forced San Francisco into a third-and-6 at the Jets' 7-yard line and San Francisco pulled out a unique play to get the score. The 49ers brought in backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After taking the snap, Kaepernick swept to the left to give the 49ers a 7-0 lead with 13:37 left in the second.

Despite practicing against the Wildcat during practice, the Jets couldn't stop the 49ers when they unveiled their read-option offense. The 49ers looked like the team with the read-option offense, instead of the Jets, who have earned the national headlines for their so-far unsuccessful Wildcat package.

Perhaps if the Jets held the 49ers to a field goal there, they would have gained some momentum. The offense may have found a way to get at least some points on the board. Instead, the 49ers struck early. Their defense made sure that the Jets couldn't make it a ballgame.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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