49ers vs. Jets: San Francisco's Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Week 4
The San Francisco 49ers pitched a shutout, with a 34-0 win against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. In what turned into a defensive battle in the first half, the 49ers rocked up the pressure in the second half to pull away from the Jets.
It was a peculiar game to start off. We had Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick featured a lot in the first half, with option reads and a lot of non-traditional pro schemes.
It was an exciting first half, but both teams were a bit sloppy. Unfortunately for the Jets, that didn't stop for them in the second half.
The Niners cleaned up their act in the second half and just had their way with this Jets team.
Here are the winners and losers from the 49ers side.
Winner: Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick was a key player in the 49ers offense in the first half. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman went option-crazy in the first half. It looked like a college football game out there.
In addition to an impressive 17-yard rush, Kaepernick scored the 49ers' first touchdown on a seven-yard rushing touchdown.
Remember, Kaepernick ran 78 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason. He has the legs and experience to run an option-based attack, and it was evident early in this game.
Winner: Niners Defense
After a disappointing performance against Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, the Niners defense came out big against Mark Sanchez and this Jets offense.
Speed is the name with this Niners defense. The 49ers can tackle with great form, and most importantly, they swarm to the ball.
This 49ers defense forced a interception, three fumbles and a blocked punt. One fumble was returned for a touchdown by Carlos Rogers.
A big bounce-back performance by this Niners defense.
Loser: David Akers
The special teams unit played well, but Akers was far from perfect. On the day, Akers was 2-for-4 on field goals.
Akers missed attempts at 55 and 40 yards. Last week, his field goal was blocked in the 49ers' sloppy loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
It was said that Akers struggled during pregame, and its seems to have extended to game-day action. FOX commentators first reported that Akers was constantly kicking balls too far right during the pregame.
Akers is usually money, so a poor performance Sunday should not worry many Bay Area fans.
Winner: Mario Manningham
Manningham was active as both a receiver and rusher. The former New York Giant led the 49ers with three catches and 47 yards receiving. He also had one attempt for 28 rushing yards.
More than anything, Manningham was used sporadically in 49ers option attack early on in the game. He picked up key first downs and was solid as a blocker in the run game.
With Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree—two of the 49ers' most consistent weapons—not involved much in the offense, Manningham shined.