Seven days after opening their 2020 campaign with a loss in Buffalo, Gang Green fell flat on their faces in a 31-13 home loss to the San Fransisco 49ers. Coming into the matchup, both teams were banged up on both sides of the ball. San Francisco was down their superstar tight end George Kittle and a promising second-year receiver in Deebo Samuel. Also, they were missing defensive studs, Richard Sherman and Dee Ford. The lowly Jets didn’t have two of their top receivers, Jamison Crowder and rookie Denzel Mims. The New York Jets placed star running back Le’Veon Bell on injured reserve earlier last week. Even though the Niners are the better team, you would think it would be close with all the injuries? Well, not so much.
Right out of the gate, it seemed as the Jets were not ready for the game. On the first play from scrimmage, 49ers speedy running back Raheem Mostert ran for an 80-yard touchdown run, which set the tone for the remainder of the game.
When the Jets received the ball on their 27-yard line, Sam Darnold quickly turned to his running back, the ageless wonder Frank Gore for a five-yard gain. On third down, the Jets were able to get a first down. Questionably, the offense ran a halfback draw on 3rd and 3, running Gore into a loaded box. However, the success wasn’t sustainable as the Jets would punt.
On the very next 49ers drive, the Jets defense forced a three and out, with the help of a third-down sack by Quinnen Williams. The ensuing drive saw the Jets march down to kick a field goal, nodding the score at 7-3.
To start this quarter, the Jets defense was no match for a scorching Niners offense. QB Jimmy Garropolo was consistently finding his targets as they marched downfield. Finally, at the end of the long 8-minute, 14 play drive, Jimmy Garoppolo found tight end Jordan Reed for a touchdown, which made the score 14-3 Niners.
Once Gang Green got the ball back, they were driving downfield and eventually had themselves in a great position to score on San Fransisco’s 20-yard line. However, a questionable play call made by head coach Adam Gase curbed all momentum. The offense decided to run the ball up the middle with Josh Adams, who hadn’t yet taken a snap in the game. The result was no gain on the play because of a missed block by guard Greg Van Roten.
This forced a turnover on downs. Once again, the 49ers marched down the field and scored on a four-yard touchdown pass. The Niners were up 21-3 at halftime.
As the Jets would get the ball first in the 2nd half, the hope was that they could put together a solid drive and get points on the board. Sadly, Gang Green opened with a three and out.
That would leave the Niners with the ball and up three scores. Nick Mullens took over for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Mullens led a seven-play drive which resulted in a Robbie Gould field goal to increase the lead to 24-3. Gang Green once again went three and out. However, on the ensuing drive, Jets cornerback Pierre Desir picked off a deflected pass from Nick Mullens, returning the ball for 23 yards. With one quarter to go, the Jets remained down 24-6.
For the majority of the game, the Jets couldn’t stop the Niners’ fantastic run game. Even though Raheem Mostert was hurt, backups Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman paved the way for a nice outing, as McKinnon scored another Niners touchdown on the ensuing 49ers drive. On the next drive, the Jets turned the ball over on downs. That’d be all for the Gang Green offense in real-time. At the end of the game, Sam Darnold threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Braxton Berrios, making it a 31-13 game. A great play from Darnold as he rolled to his left to find his man. The 49ers would come away victorious with a 31-13 win over the lowly New York Jets.
Sadly, no matter the result, both teams came away with numerous injuries. 49ers defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas were both carted off of the field. Niners running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are hurt.
Jets receiver Breshad Perriman is week-to-week with an ankle injury. Center Connor McGovern sustained a hamstring injury in yesterday’s game and most likely won’t play against the Indianapolis Colts. Jets cornerbacks Arthur Maulet and Quincy Wilson are fielding injuries. It’s even worse for the Gang Green as they are playing horrible right now. Two straight blowout losses do not look good for this team. The offense and defense have been porous. Things need to turn around for this team right now.