Tuesday, October 2, 2012
5 Plays: Jets vs. 49ers
By Matt Ehalt
Here are the five key plays from Sunday's 34-0 loss in chronological order.
1. WILDCAT: San Francisco faced a 3rd-and-6 at the Jets' 7-yard-line in a scoreless game early in the second quarter. San Francisco inserted backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick for their read-option offense. He beautifully executed a sweep to the left to score a touchdown and give the 49ers the only points they would need on the afternoon.
2. TEBOW: Tim Tebow threw his first pass of the season -- and it led to a turnover. Following San Francisco's touchdown, the Jets faced a 3rd-and-1 at their own 39. Tebow completed a pass for nine yards to Dedrick Epps, but Epps fumbled the ball after a vicious hit. The 49ers didn't get any points off the turnover, but it killed a Jets drive that had some potential.
3. SACKED: The Jets had a chance to put some points on the board before the half but Mark Sanchez was sacked and lost a fumble at the San Francisco 26-yard-line. While the Jets would have had to settle for a field goal anyway, since Sanchez was sacked on third down, the Jets could have kept it a one-game score. San Francisco turned that turnover into a field goal to get a 10-0 lead.
4. INTERCEPTION: The Jets started the second half trailing 10-0. Sanchez was picked off with the ball near midfield. That interception cost the Jets some much needed momentum. It didn't cost them any points, but the Jets wasted a good opportunity to possibly cut it back to a one-score lead.
5. HOLMES: The Jets trailed 17-0 entering the fourth quarter but they had the ball in San Francisco territory. On the first play, Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes, but he injured his left foot and tossed the ball in the air as he fell to the ground. San Francisco capitalized, returning the fumble for a TD that all but ended the game as the 49ers were now up 24-0.