(Sept. 30, 2012) -- The 49ers have never been defeated in back-to-back games in the Jim Harbaugh coaching era. On Sunday, San Francisco kept the streak alive with a 34-0 drubbing of the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Following a Week 3 road loss in Minnesota, the Niners bounced back with a vengeance. With San Francisco up by 34 points with less than five minutes remaining, the home crowd headed for the exits, leaving New York 49ers fans to fill the bottom rows of the stadium.
“It felt good to come home,” said starting right tackle and Piscataway, N.J., native Anthony Davis, a key cog in the team’s 245-yard rushing performance. “We turned it into a home game.”
San Francisco gave its traveling fans plenty to cheer for with four takeaways, a blocked punt and three rushing touchdowns on the day.
“That’s opportunistic football,” Harbaugh said after the game. “Job well done by offensive line and our players in the game.”
Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick got the 49ers on the board first with a 7-yard touchdown run around the left edge. It was Kaepernick’s first career score and put the 49ers up, 7-0. By game’s end, the team picked up 245 rushing yards with Kaepernick, Kendall Hunter and Frank Gore each rushing for more than 50 yards.
The 49ers' defense recorded four takeaways, three sacks and held the Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez to paltry numbers across the board. Sanchez finished the game completing 13 of 29 passes for 103 yards.
“We know what we’re capable of,” said linebacker Aldon Smith,
who made four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. “We just had to prove it and show it to everybody.”
Cornerback Carlos Rogers recovered two fumbles on the day, including one that he scooped up and returned for a 51-yard touchdown.
Niners starting quarterback Alex Smith completed 12 of 21 passes for 143 yards with no turnovers on the day.
“Our players really, really played well,” Harbaugh said. “They brought a lot of energy to this game.”