Sunday, September 30, 2012

Week 4 Post Game Report and Quick Analysis

The 49ers defeated the Jets - who are definitely not a very good football team, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  Alex Smith completed 12 of 21 passes for 143 yards with no TD's or Int's.  Colin Kaepernick, who played a prominent role in the gameplan, also attempted one pass a deep incompletion to a well covered Randy Moss.  In addition to his pass attempt Kaepernick rushed 5 times for 50 yards and the 49ers first touchdown.  Frank Gore ended the day rushing 21 times for 62 yards including a 2-yard touchdown, and Kendall Hunter had an excellent game, rushing 8 times for 54 yards including a 1-yard TD.  As a team the 49ers combined to rush for 245 yards on 44 carries, an average of 5.6 yards per carry, and 3 TD's

The 49ers defense dominated the hapless Jets offense, limiting them to 145 total yards on the day.  They got to Jets QB Mark Sanchez 3 times, as Aldon Smith was credited with 2 sacks and Ahmad Brooks picked up the other.  The defense also was able to force 4 Jets turnovers, 3 fumbles and 1 int, with Carlos Rogers picking up a Santonio Holmes fumble and taking it 51 yards for the score.

The 49ers special teams also got into the act when Larry Grant blocked a Robert Malone punt deep in New York territory.


Any win on the road in the NFL is a good thing.  On paper the 34-0 for the 49ers was a great performance.  However, this was probably one of the most unimpressive blowout wins in recent memory.  

For starters, the passing game was mediocre for the second week in a row.  Despite the Jets defense playing without star cornerback Darrelle Revis, the 49ers were not able to take advantage through the air.  Alex Smith missed on many of his deep throws, and on the 49ers second possession of the 2nd quarter held onto the ball too long, taking 2 sacks that forced David Akers to attempt a 55 yard FG, which he missed wide right.  On the first of those sacks it appeared that Smith missed a wide open Garrett Celek over the middle.

Although the final numbers were decent, the run game appeared to struggle at times, and was helped along by the 50 yards rushing from Colin Kaepernick.  Frank Gore averaged only 3 yards per carry for the day, while Kendall Hunter averaged 7 yards per carry on his 8 attempts.

This had the feeling of a game that could have gone the other way had the opposing quarterback not been Mark Sanchez, who showed 49er fans just how bad some teams have it when it comes to the QB spot.

Look for further analyis from this weeks game in the coming days.

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