New York Jets: A Look Back at Their Last 10 Games Against the 49ers
When the New York Jets take on the San Francisco 49ers, it will mark just the 12th time the teams have ever met. The Jets haven't had much success in the series, winning just two of the 11 games played thus far.
Despite the fact that the teams haven't met much in the past, for some reason, the matchup seems to attract significant events in each franchise's history.
Games between the Jets and 49ers have featured Joe Namath on his last legs, Joe Montana in one of his first games and an inexperienced Bill Walsh fighting for his job.
That's not even to mention an NFL record by Jets running back Clark Gaines that still stands today and a franchise record by Garrison Hearst that ended one of the most wild games the Jets have played in the past 20 years.
This weekend, the 49ers come into MetLife Stadium as Mark Sanchez faces off against the 49ers for the first time in his career.
The 49ers are favored over the Jets and figure to be angry after being upset last week by the Vikings. If history is any indication, the Jets and 49ers may just hook up in a memorable affair.
2008: 49ers 24 Jets 14
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The last time the Jets faced the 49ers was during Brett Favre's only year as a Jet. The game fell in Week 14 on the schedule, which means that it coincided with Favre's month-long collapse as he battled through undisclosed injuries.
The stumbled against the Broncos in Week 13, but still stood at 8-4 coming into the game. The Niners were going nowhere at 4-8.
Favre went just 20-for-31 for 137 yards, and Thomas Jones ran for 56 yards on 10 carries as the Jets were upset 24-14.
The story of the game was that the Jets simply couldn't get the ball away from the 49ers, who nearly doubled the Jets' time of possession on the afternoon (39:49-20:11).
The Jets converted just one third down the entire game.
The game was actually tied at 14 in the fourth quarter, but the Jets fell apart from there. Their final four drives resulted in two punts, an interception and a turnover on downs.
The 49ers took the lead with an early fourth-quarter field goal and iced the game on their next drive when Shaun Hill hooked up with receiver Bryant Johnson for a touchdown.
Some of the key players from that game remain for both teams. The Jets did a good job on Frank Gore, who ran 14 times for 52 yards and Vernon Davis, who caught just three passes for 29 yards.
For the Jets, David Harris returned from an injured groin to record 13 tackles and a half of a sack.
2004: Jets 22 49ers 14
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The last time the Jets beat the 49ers was 2004, and despite the fact that the 49ers were the worst team in the NFL that year, things didn't come easy.
The Jets would go on to a 10-6 record in 2004, while the 49ers finished just 2-14. The Niners were the only team in the NFL to win less than three games that year.
The matchup came in Week 6 as the 4-0 Jets took on the 1-4 Niners in the Meadowlands.
The Niners got off to a 14-0 lead on touchdowns by Brandon Lloyd and Kevan Barlow, as Chad Pennington could not get the offense going.
The Jets turned to their running game in the second half and got on the board when LaMont Jordan broke free for a 17-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-9. Inexplicably, Herman Edwards went for the two-point conversion here early in the third quarter, and failed.
The Jets finally took the lead in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Curtis Martin and turned a late Jonathan Vilma interception into another Martin touchdown with 32 seconds left to play.
It was the first time the Jets had beaten the 49ers in two decades.
2001: 49ers 19 Jets 17
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The closest game in the 11-game series came in 2001 when the 49ers came out on top 19-17 in a battle of very good teams.
This was also the Jets' first home game after the 9/11 attacks.
The 49ers would go on to a 12-4 season, while the Jets finished 10-6. Both teams made the playoffs that year, but lost in their first games.
This was an early-season meeting, as both teams took 1-1 records into the game. The Jets were coming off a 10-3 win against the Patriots the week before in a game that changed the history of the NFL. That was the game Mo Lewis knocked out Drew Bledsoe, paving the way for the Tom Brady era in New England.
The Jets scored on their first possession of this game after a methodical, 14-play drive that had a heavy dose of Curtis Martin. Martin ran the ball nine times on the drive and capped it off with a two-yard touchdown run.
The 49ers tied the score on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Garcia to Terrell Owens on the next drive and then took the lead for good on a Jeff Cortez field goal with 3:07 left in the half.
Martin scored a touchdown with 53 seconds left, but when the 49ers recovered the onsides kick attempt by John Hall, the game was over.
The game was dominated by the defense, as the score would indicate. Martin was held to 76 yards on 20 carries, and the Jets held Owens, the 49ers' biggest weapon, to just four catches for 38 yards.
1998: 49ers 36 Jets 30 (OT)
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This game was one of the most wild games in recent Jets history and also marked the first time in 27 years that a Jets-49ers game was decided by single digits.
This opening-day tilt was the highlight of Glenn Foley's career, as he threw for 425 yards and three touchdowns on a 30-for-58 performance.
It wasn't enough, though, as the Jets and 49ers incredibly traded 12 scores back and forth, one team answering the other until the game was knotted at 30 on a late John Hall field goal.
The game went to overtime, and things weren't looking good for the Niners when Jets punter Nick Gallery pinned them at their own four-yard line.
Steve Mariucci wanted to get some breathing room on their first play, so he called a simple trap for Garrison Hearst. Hearst had other plans, though, as he busted through the Jets defense for a 96-yard touchdown run to win the game.
It was the longest running play in 49ers history.
For the Jets, Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet each topped 125 yards receiving, and Dedric Ward just missed the century mark with 96 yards receiving.
Hearst finished with 187 yards and two touchdowns, and Steve Young was 26-for-36 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jets lost the following week to the Ravens, but then bounced back to win 12 of their next 14 games to have their best season since the Super Bowl III championship team.
1992: 49ers 31 Jets 14
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From the start, there was going to be no way this game would be competitive.
The 49ers had Steve Young, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ricky Watters.
The Jets featured Blair Thomas and Ken O'Brien, Al Toon and Freeman McNeil, each in their last season with the team.
The 49ers coasted to a 31-0 third-quarter lead before Rob Carpenter and Terance Mathis tacked on meaningless touchdowns to make the final 31-14.
It was the biggest margin of victory for either team in the series.
The 49ers finished the year 14-2, while the Jets sputtered to a 4-12 record under Bruce Coslet.
1989: 49ers 23 Jets 10
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The 49ers came into this game 6-1 and with one of the great teams of the 1980s. The Jets, on the other hand, were 1-6 in Joe Walton's final year as head coach behind an offense led by coordinator Rich Kotite.
Any idea how this one turned out?
The Jets actually did better than expected here, as Steve Young got the start in place of Joe Montana and left the Niners to a 23-10 win.
The game was actually tied at seven in the second quarter after Erik McMillan returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown, but a Jerry Rice touchdown put the 49ers back on top for good.
A fierce 49ers defense held the Jets offense scoreless all afternoon at the Meadowlands and sacked Ken O'Brien nine times.
The Jets fizzled to a 4-12 record, while the 49ers would go on to beat the Broncos 55-10 in the Super Bowl.
1986: 49ers 24 Jets 10
The Jets started the 1986 season by winning 10 of their first 11 games, but by the time they met the 49ers in Week 14, they were in the middle of a five-game, season-ending free fall.
The Jets fell behind early in this game on a Roger Craig touchdown.
When Pat Leahy kicked a field goal in the second quarter to make it 7-3, it was the closest the Jets would get all afternoon.
Craig and Tom Rathman each ran for scores as the Niners took a 21-3 lead into the fourth quarter. San Francisco dominated on the ground, racking up 198 rushing yards.
Freeman McNeil hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ken O'Brien in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late to cause any concern for the Niners.
Joe Montana was 23-for-37 for 245 yards and was intercepted by Jerry Holmes somehow.
1983: Jets 27 49ers 13
The 1983 matchup between the Jets and 49ers marked the only time in the series history that the Jets scored an upset of the 49ers.
The 4-4 Jets traveled to San Francisco to take on Joe Montana and Bill Walsh in the early throes of the 49ers dynasty and figured to be just a small distraction as the 49ers continued to march towards the playoffs.
However, the Jets defense had other plans, as they held the high-flying 49ers offense to just one touchdown on their way to a 27-13 win.
Scott Dierking and Johnny Lam Jones scored first-half touchdowns, as the Jets held a 17-10 halftime lead.
A third-quarter field goal by Ray Wersching brought the 49ers closer, but the Jets scored 10 fourth-quarter points to finish the upset.
Richard Todd actually outplayed Montana, going 20-for-28 on the day with 201 yards and a touchdown. Montana, on the other hand, threw two interceptions and was just 21-for-36.
This was just a small bump in the road though for the Niners, as they finished 10-6 and won the NFC West. The Jets, on the other hand, lost four of their final seven games to end the season 7-9.
1980: 49ers 37 Jets 27
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In Week 3 of the 1980 season, a 24-year-old Joe Montana was a backup to Steve DeBerg as the 49ers came into Shea Stadium to face the Jets.
Bill Walsh was in his second year as the team's head coach and needed to get off to a good start in 1980 to save his job. Walsh had gone just 2-14 in his first season, and a follow-up season like that could have cut short a Hall of Fame career before it got started.
DeBerg and Montana split the game at quarterback, torching the Jets as the Niners opened up a 30-6 fourth-quarter lead.
However, Richard Todd threw fourth-quarter touchdowns to Derrick Gaffney, Bruce Harper and Paul Darby to make the game interesting.
If not for a DeBerg-to-Freddie Solomon touchdown, the game would have been even closer.
Todd had one of the great games of his career this game, completing an incredible 42 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jets' Clark Gaines had perhaps the best receiving game by any running back in NFL history. He caught an amazing 17 passes for 160 yards. The 17 catches marks the most receptions any running back has ever had in an NFL game and the third-highest total by any player ever.
Montana played a limited role, but had the first good game of his career.
Montana finished 4-for-6 and threw for two key touchdowns, the second and third touchdown passes of his career. He also added a five-yard touchdown run.
The Jets finished this season 4-12.
1976: 49ers 17 Jets 6
The 1976 season was one of the most difficult in franchise history, and their Week 4 game against the 49ers was tough to watch.
By 1976, a majority of the players from the Super Bowl III team were gone, and Joe Namath was limping to the end of his Jets career.
Despite a 111-yard rushing performance by Ed Marinaro, the Jets offense couldn't get anything going behind Joe Namath and rookie quarterback Richard Todd.
The Niners used touchdowns by Cleveland Elam and Sammy Johnson to open up a 17-0 fourth-quarter lead. Marinaro scored a late touchdown, but all that did was make the game look closer than the 17-6 game indicated.
The season was a transitional one for the Jets, as Todd began to take on a bigger role as the season went on. Namath started just four more games in his Jets career after this game.