SAN FRANCISCO (2-1) At NEW YORK JETS (2-1)Sunday, 1 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - 49ers by 3 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 2-1; New York 2-1SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 9-2AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 4 (tie); Jets No. 18LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Jets 24-14, Dec. 7, 2008LAST WEEK - 49ers lost to Vikings 24-13; Jets beat Dolphins 23-20 OTSTREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers 5-1 all-time on road against Jets - but playing at MetLife Stadium for first time. ... San Francisco practiced all week at Youngstown State in eastern Ohio to avoid return trip to West Coast after playing at Minnesota last Sunday. 49ers did same thing last season after win in Cincinnati and then rallied from 20-0 deficit to stun Eagles 24-23 in Philadelphia. ... QB Alex Smith ranks third in NFL with 69.6 completion percentage. Franchise-record interception-free streak ended at 249 passes when Vikings rookie Josh Robinson picked him off with 2:18 left last Sunday. ... Vernon Davis, called best TE in NFL by Jets coach Rex Ryan, tied with Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller for most TD catches in league this season with four. ... RB Frank Gore broke Roger Craig's career record for most carries in team history last week. ... WR Randy Moss moved past Tim Brown into fourth place on NFL's all-time receiving list with 14,946 yards. ... 49ers lead league with 57.3 percent of first-down plays going for 4 or more yards. ... Defense has forced at least one turnover in eight straight games, dating to last season. ... 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was assistant on Ravens staff with Ryan from 2006-08, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman coached with Ryan from 2006-07. ... Since last December, 49ers have four turnovers, ranking second in NFL during that span. ... Game marks Ryan's first against an NFC West team since becoming Jets' coach in 2009. ... Jets playing first game since CB Darrelle Revis was lost for season with torn ligament in left knee, suffered at Miami. 2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson will replace him. ... To help compensate for loss of Revis, Jets moving RB Joe McKnight to CB - position he hasn't played regularly since high school. ... Last Sunday's OT win marked 11th time in QB Mark Sanchez's career that he has led Jets to fourth-quarter comeback or OT victories - seven coming on road. ... WR Santonio Holmes had nine catches for 147 yards vs. Dolphins, first 100-yard re ceiving game since 2010. ... RG Brandon Moore leads NFL guards with 124 consecutive starts. ... Jets' secondary has produced all six of New York's takeaways, including S LaRon Landry's 18-yard INT return for TD last week. ... Jets have three sacks this season: two by LB Garrett McIntyre and one by NT Sione Po'uha, a former college teammate of 49ers' Smith at Utah.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.
On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.
Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.
Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”
Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.
Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.
Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.
Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.
If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.
Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.
Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.
If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.
Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.