San Francisco 49ers 24
The 49ers handed the Jets their second straight loss while the 49ers gained their second straight win against a team with a winning record. The 49ers offense and defense were in control early in the game and minus five fumbles by the 49ers (only one was recovered by the Jets) the Red and Gold were impressive throughout the game. The offensive line needed a great game to ward off the Jets and their 4th ranked run stoppers and they did their share. Frank Gore was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, but the offense line continued blocking well for DeShaun Foster as the Niner’s nursed a lead heading into the fourth quarter. Both Gore and Foster had 87 yards rushing combined. Even more important was the blocking for Shaun Hill giving him the time to allow receivers to get open and to make plays. Most of the game Mike Martz drew up short outs and slants which the Jets defense seemed completely unprepared for. Given that Hill is a best at the short passes I was waiting for the Jets to adjust and make Hill beat them deep. I think the Jets confidence in their secondary was waning as the game went on. Isaac Bruce and Bryant Johnson were involved heavily in the game and it was the yards they gained after the short passes that helped the 49ers win the game. Bruce and Johnson took 5 yard passes and turn them into long gains. Hill went 28 for 39 for 285 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He is developing right under our eyes and we may have our quarterback of the future.
The D was once again impressive. They only allowed Brett Favre to pass for 137 yards and held Thomas Jones to 56 yards rushing. The most impressive stat from the D is the Jets offense was only on the field for 20 minutes. Amazing considering the D in the first-half of the season allowed the opponents offense to be on the field for more than 20 minutes in just one half. The D sacked Favre three times and had one interception. In the last two games they have only given up 17 points.
The defense continues to get better each week and this can be attributed to Mike Singletary. He is instilling confidence in the D that it can play better than it did in the first half of the season. Not having Mike Nolan on the sideline huge. Not only the D but the whole team has a different attitude, that they can beat any team in the NFL. You see this in the last four games which the 49ers have won three of. Singletary’s first two games as interim head coach did not go well because he was installing what type of team he wanted to run and his players to emulate. Now the 49er Faithfull are seeing the fruits of Singletary’s labor. If you are not a fan now of him staying on as head coach then you will never be. I was unsure of whether or not to bring back Singletary wanting the 49ers to get an experience coach, but yesterday was the deal breaker. There are three games left and a lot could go wrong. But I don’t think anything can derail the progress Singletary has made with the team especially now that the team has fully bought into what Singletary wants to do and the direction they are headed.
1.) I loved that he went for an onside kick at the start of the game. It showed his confidence in the D if the 49ers did not recover and that the 49ers would be the ones in control of the game.
2.) Going for it on fourth down twice which the 49ers converted both.
1.) Getting the running game going and not relying on the passing game to hold the lead. Martz ran 33 times and passed 41 times. Great balance of call playing.
2.) Trusting Shaun Hill to make plays.
Aside from the great game he played, what is with his drop back on passes? The man looks like he is doing the Super Bowl shovel every time he goes back to pass. I guess Singletary is showing him some moves because he was part of the Super Bowl shuffle, ha. But seriously someone needs to work on his feet. He looks like he is walking on hot coals.
Next Up: @ Miami Dolphins
Bring it on AFC East! In the future you will no longer take the 49ers lightly.