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49ers vs. Jets Preview With Injury Report, Numbers and History Behind the Rivalry

Heading into week four of the season the San Francisco 49ers will play the first of three games in a row against teams from New York.  The first game this Sunday is on the road against the Jets and the next two games are at home against the Bills and Giants.  On Sunday the 49ers will be playing their first game at the Jets new stadium and this will be 12th meeting between the two teams.

Even though the 49ers and Jets played their first game back in 1972, there is not a big rivalry with deep history.  On average the 49ers and Jets met every three to four years because both teams play in different conferences.  The 49ers have dominated the series so far with a 9-2 record.  Below is a preview of the game:

San Francisco 49ers (2-1) at New York (2-1) — Week 4

Where: MetLife Stadium

When: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (FOX)

Weather: Temperature in the upper-60s, partly cloudy with slight chance of rain.

Spread: 49ers by 4

Injury Report:


QUESTIONABLE: WR Ted Ginn (ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), DT Isaac Sopoaga (ankle, knee)

PROBABLE: TE Vernon Davis (back), P Andy Lee (hand), LB Patrick Willis (ankle)


OUT: CB Darrelle Revis (torn ACL)

DOUBTFUL: WR Stephen Hill (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE: RB John Conner (shoulder), CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder), DT Mike Devito (calf), T Austin Howard (back), S LaRon Landry (heel), CB Ellis Lankster (back), C Nick Mangold (wrist), G Brandon Moore (hip), LB Calvin Pace (achilles), DT Sione Pouha (back) QB Mark Sanchez (back), G Matt Slauson (knee), S Eric Smith (hip, knee), CB Isaiah Trufant (ankle)

The Rivalry

The 49ers have owned the Jets in the all-time series with a 5-1 record playing in New York and a 4-1 record at Candlestick Park.  Gang Green’s only wins over the Niners came 2004 and 1983.  From 1986 to 2001 the 49ers won five straight games over the Jets.  Here is a look back at their last two matchups:

December 7, 2008

49ers 24  – Jets 14

One of the 49ers biggest nemeses Brett Favre returned to Candlestick for the first time not in a Packers uniform.  The 49ers started the game with tricky trying an onside kick that was recovered by the Jets.  In the fourth quarter the 49ers went up by ten points with a Shaun Hill touchdown pass.  Favre would try to mount a comeback but the 49ers defense sealed the victory with a Walt Harris interceptions.  San Francisco won the game despite fumbling five times, but was able to recover four of the fumbles.  The 49ers dominated in every statistical category against the Jets.

October 17, 2004:

Jets 22, 49ers 14

The 49ers were looking for their second straight victory and were on their way in the first half with a 14 point lead heading into halftime.  In the second half however the defense allowed 22 straight points and the offense gave up two turnovers.  With the loss the 49ers went to a 1-5 record.  San Francisco would finish the 2004 season with a dismal 2-14 record.

The Numbers

  • 69.6:  QB Alex Smith ranks 3rd in the NFL with a completion percentage of 69.6%.
  • 57.3:  The 49ers rank 1st in the NFL with 57.3% of their first down plays gaining 4-or-more yards.
  • 24.7:  San Francisco is averaging 24.7 points in five games when facing the Jets in New York.
  • 37: Amount of tackles NaVarro Bowman has in three games this season.
  • 9:  Number of 49ers victories over the Jets.  San Francisco leads the all-time series 9-2.
  • 5:  Number of 49ers road victories over the Jets.
  • 8: The 49ers defense has forced a turnover in eight straight games dating back to last season.
  • 28:  Rank of the Jets rush defense. In three games they are allowing an average of 148.7 yards per game.
  • 24:  Amount of plays Tim Tebow has been on the field of the Jets offense.
  • 12:  Number of times Tebow was on the field in last week’s win over the Dolphins, a season high.

The Connections

  • 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was on the Baltimore Raven staff with Jets head coach Rex Ryan from 2006-08. 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman was also with the Ravens from 2006-07.
  • Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (2006-08) also worked with Fangio and Roman on Baltimore’s staff.
  • 49ers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely was the Jets special teams coach in 1994.
  • 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell held the same position with the New York Jets from 1990-1994 and returned to the Jets as a special assistant in 2007.  
  • Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh was a QB for the 49ers from 1983-1985. He returned to San Francisco to coach the 49ers quarterbacks in 1996.
  • Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn played running back for the 49ers from 1995-1996.
  • Jets TE Konrad Reuland played for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and was a member of the 49ers practice squad in 2011.
  • 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin played for the New York Jets from 2002-2005.
  • 49ers CB Tarell Brown was born in New York City, NY.
  • 49ers QB Alex Smith and Jets DT Sione Po’uha were teammates at Utah from 2002-2003.
  • Jets WR Santonio Holmes and C Nick Mangold played at Ohio State with 49ers S Donte Whitner from 2003-2005.
  • 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr. was at Ohio State with Holmes and Mangold from 2004-2005.
  • 49ers DT Ray McDonald and Jets QB Tim Tebow were teammates of the 2006 National Championship team at the University of Florida.
  • Jets LB Aaron Maybin and 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman played at Penn State from 2006-2008.
  • Jets T D’Brickashaw Ferguson and 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks played at the University of Virginia from 2003-2005.
  • 49ers WR Mario Manningham and Jets LB David Harris played at Michigan from 2005-2006.
  • Jets S Laron Landry and 49ers DT Ricky jean Francois were teammates at LSU from 2005-2006.
  • From 2008-09, 49ers WR A.J. Jenkins and Jets TE Jeff Cumberland were teammates at the University of Illinois.


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