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49ers vs. Jets: San Francisco picks up big 34-0 shutout

The San Francisco 49ers effectively rebounded from a terrible Week 3 to shutout the New York Jets 34-0 on Sunday.

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49ers dominate in 34-0 road win over Jets

The San Francisco 49ers bounced back in a big way after losing for the first time in Week 3, beating the New York Jets 34-0 on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

The New York offense could not get anything going against San Francisco's defense, turning the ball over four times and gaining only 145 yards. Mark Sanchez was 13-of-29 for 103 yards with an interception and a fumble.

The 49ers gained 379 yards, spreading the ball out to a number of players. Alex Smith was unspectacular, but solid, completing 12 passes for 143 yards. Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed five times for 50 yards, including the game's first touchdown.

San Francisco also got rushing touchdowns from Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. The defense scored once when Carlos Rogers picked up a fumble by the injured Santonio Holmes and returned it 51 yards to the end zone. David Akers tacked on field goals of 36 and 50 yards.

The 49ers are now 3-1 on the season while the Jets go to 2-2.

Fantasy studs/duds: Frank Gore did not go over the 100-yard mark, only rushing for 62 yards on 21 carries, but his touchdown should benefit his fantasy owners. San Francisco's defense also did well for owners, forcing four turnovers and keeping the shutout. Those owning Sanchez were let down by his 13-for-29 passing performance that went for 103 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. For all the fantasy information you need, head over to SB Nation's dedicated fantasy page.

Odds/Gambling: San Francisco was a 4.5-point favorite coming into the game and beat that spread easily in the shutout victory. For more NFL lines, be sure to check out SB Nation's odds page.

Injury info: New York wide receiver Santonio Holmes left the game in the fourth quarter with a non-contact knee injury and did not return. The severity of the injury in still unknown, but Holmes had to be helped off the field.

Next team on the schedule: The Jets will be at home again for Week 5 when they host one of the league's toughest teams in the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. San Francisco will return home to host the Buffalo Bills at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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49ers have plenty of things go right in 34-0 win

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Kaepernick has game's lone TD as 49ers lead, 10-0

Colin Kaepernick's first career touchdown proved to be the only touchdown of the first half as the San Francisco 49ers lead the New York Jets, 10-0, through the first half of the showdown at the Jets' MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Kaepernick, who has registered 24 yards on two carries, including his touchdown run, has been the story of an intensely defensive first-half battle.


Kaepernick's effort has been supplemented by 49ers running back Frank Gore, who has 35 yards on 10 first-half carries. Quarterback Alex Smith is 9-of-13 for 100 yards in early action.

Both defenses have been steady throughout the day, with the 49ers defense forcing the game's two key turnovers. With the Jets in field goal territory late in the second quarter, San Francisco forced Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez out of the pocket, and then stripped the ball from the Jets quarterback.

The 49ers engineered a strong drive to allow kicker David Akers to connect from 36 yards out as the first-half horn sounded to give San Francisco its 10-0 lead.


Isaac Sopoaga out for 49ers vs. Jets

The New York Jets will be without rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller on Sunday, as the inactive lists for the showdown against the San Francisco 49ers listed both as out. During the Jets' pregame warmups, Hill was seen walking in sneakers and wearing a baseball cap (via Manish Mehta), while Keller didn't look happy after meeting with the team's front office brass, coaches and medical staff (via ESPN's Rich Cimini).

For the past week, Hill and Keller missed practice as both are trying to recover from hamstring injuries. At wide receiver, the Jets will turn to Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley to make up for the loss of Hill, who's caught five passes for 89 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Keller will miss his third straight game. Keller's backup is Jeff Cumberland, who does have seven catches for 71 yards.

Other Jets players listed as inactive were: Cornerback Darrelle Revis, defensive tackle Damon Harrison, guard Caleb Schlauderaff, running back Jonathan Grimes and quarterback Greg McElroy.

Meanwhile, the 49ers will be without nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (knee), quarterback Scott Tolzien, wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, running back LaMichael James, safety Trenton Robinson, running back Brandon Jacobs and guard Joe Looney.

The good news is that wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. and linebacker Patrick Willis are playing.

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49ers, Jets in showdown of 2-1 teams

The San Francisco 49ers take a trip to East Rutherford, N.J. to face the New York Jets in a battle of 2-1 teams with Super Bowl aspirations.

The Niners will look to get their offense back on track after it no-showed in their disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week. The offense turned the ball over three times and only scored one touchdown in a 24-13 loss.

The Niners are catching the Jets' defense in their first game since losing All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to a possible season-ending ACL injury. Revis would blanket one side of the field, allowing for his teammates to be more aggressive in pass rush and helping each other cover the other receivers. Now, everyone's role changes in his absence and the Niners will look to take advantage of Revis's loss.

Niners running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (ankle) both practiced this week and should be available for Sunday's game.

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV Coverage: FOX


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49ers favored over the Jets by four on Sunday

The San Francisco 49ers are favored by four points as they head to New York to face the Jets on Sunday, according to OddsShark. The over/under for the contest has been set at 40.5 points. Both the 49ers and the Jets enter the matchup at 2-1 on the season, with the Jets coming off of a 23-20 victory over Miami and the 49ers having lost to the Vikings 24-13.

The Jets will be without their best defensive player on Sunday, with cornerback Darrelle Revis on the shelf for the Jets' defense after tearing his ACL last week. Alex Smith and the Niners' offense looked very good in each of their first two games of the year, and the prospect of that offense facing a Revis-less Jets defense has many fans leaning toward the over. Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson will be asked to pick up the slack in the Jets secondary on Sunday.

San Francisco had some good news to report on the injury front, as Patrick Willis was able to participate in practice on Wednesday, with both Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn also able to take part.

The forecast for the New York area on Sunday calls for temperatures in the mid-60s with a 50 percent chance of rain.

The betting lines for Sunday's tilt in New York are as follows:

San Francisco 49ers: -4

New York Jets: +4

O/U: 40.5


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49ers looking to score on Jets on the rebound

As the 49ers face the Jets this Sunday both sides of the ball need to bounce back following a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week.

The defense in particular gave up touchdowns instead of field goals, including the first drive of the game. The 49ers had been used to playing with a lead in 2012 prior to the Vikings game and they didn't seem to respond well to being down early.

Against a Jets run game that hasn't scared anyone, I look for the defense to recover this week. Shonn Greene has struggled and may lose touches as early as this week. Mark Sanchez has returned to Earth after a big opening week and the 49ers should look to fluster him early and often.

One thing I hope to see soon is the return of the pass rush. Either teams have gotten keen to the 49ers tricks or the front seven simply lacks the same tenacity as last season...but the results haven't been near as good in 2012.

Lastly, the pass coverage by second-year outside linebacker Aldon Smith will need to improve...otherwise Vic Fangio will have to use other coverages and try to keep Smith near the line of scrimmage where his skills better translate. Sometimes I wonder if the defense isn't better off in their Nickel package where the OLBs can simply worry about the run or rushing the passer.

All of these things will play-out for the defense Sunday in New Jersey. Until then I know we'll all be eagerly awaiting this next chapter of the season.

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