One of the more lopsided maulings that took place occurred in the Meadowlands, when the San Francisco 49ers (3-1) went on the road to dismantle the New York Jets (2-2). The Week 4 match-up was important for both teams, with the previous weeks fueling a sense of urgency heading into this one.
It was still very much a game heading into the second half—the Niners only had a seemingly conquerable 10-0 lead. But when the third quarter began and it was time to put up or shut up, the Jets absolutely fell apart and the 49ers came out on top.
The Jets were playing a flawed brand of football and it just snowballed as the game progressed. However, New York’s staff did not make any adjustments, whether it was play calling or personnel. The team rode the Mark Sanchez wave well after they had capsized.
With Super Bowl aspirations—however delusional at this juncture—Jets head coach Rex Ryan was displeased to say the least.
2-for-13 on third down (15 percent)
One blocked punt (only a dash of one rusher)
245 yards rushing
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13-of-29, for 103 yards and an interception
The San Francisco 49ers needed a rebound game and they got one. The Niners took control of this game early and progressively tightened their grip on the Jets. As seconds ticked off the clock, the more and more onlookers realized the Jets had no chance in this game.
During this post-game, you have to feel a little compassion for Rex Ryan. This is a guy who has successfully made a career as a defensive-minded coach—and the same could be said about his brother and father. And when it comes to great defense, the one thing you focus on first and foremost is stopping the run.
Ryan's unit was gouged by San Francisco's extremely creative, fundamental and versatile ground attack. The Niners threw the kitchen sink at them and by the end of the day, the Jets looked physically and mentally defeated. This performance really rubbed the Jets head coach the wrong way.
It's back to the drawing the board for the New York Jets this week, as they are in desperate need of a winning recipe.
Meanwhile, San Francisco appears to be back on track. They've got a dynamite formula to serve up to their opponents, and all their coaches are top chefs.
The 49ers have a recipe for success.