49ers feel at home in Eastern time zone

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49ers feel at home in Eastern time zone

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The 49ers looked as if they were adjusted to the Eastern time zone. And it didn't hurt that there was a lot of red in the stands to make them feel more at home.After a sluggish start against the Minnesota Vikings contributed to an upset loss a week earlier, the 49ers' defense on Sunday never let the New York Jets get rolling.The 49ers destroyed the Jets 34-0. It was the 49ers' first road shutout since the final game of the 2001 season, when they blasted the New Orleans Saints 38-0."It was amped and loose," 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said about the pregame locker room. "Our coach told us to be free and come out and play. Don't be uptight, just have fun playing football and get back to playing football the way we know how."Said running back Frank Gore, "We told ourselves we weren't going to start the way we did (against the Vikings). We wanted to start fast."RELATED: Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 34, Jets 0
The 49ers, who practiced last week in Youngstown, Ohio, after the 24-13 loss in Minnesota, looked like a different team from the outset."It's tough to come easy and for us, it's 10 a.m.," 49ers quarterback Alex Smith said. "It's hard to have a lot of energy because it's early for us. It wasn't the same this week. Guys were jacked up. I liked it."The 49ers' energy was particularly obvious on defense. The 49ers allowed the Jets only nine first downs -- and three of them were courtesy of penalties. All three of the 49ers' sacks of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez came on third downs.By the end of the shutout victory, the 49ers' fans were about the only ones remaining."That feels good," Rogers said. "To come out and see a lot of our fans here, that's good. They travel with us. Great fans. They stuck with us. We didn't see them jumping off the bandwagon like a lot of people did. Our fans stick with us throughout. RYAN FUMES: The Jets sustained their biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989. Jets coach Rex Ryan called it as bad of a loss as he has experienced in his tenure as head coach. "Yeah, no question," Ryan said. "I can't remember getting beat the way we got beat. I don't think it's ever happened."The 49ers' 245 rushing yards were the most the Jets have surrendered since Ryan was named head coach in 2009.SPECIAL TEAMS: Backup linebacker Larry Grant recorded his first career blocked a punt in the fourth quarter. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Jets' 4-yard line. It led to Kendall Hunter's 1-yard touchdown run. Grant broke through to record the organization's first block since Dominique Ziegler blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in October 2010.Two Alex Smith sacks pushed the 49ers back for a long field-goal attempt in the second quarter. David Akers was wide right from 55 yards out. Later, Akers also was wide right on a try from 40 yards.INJURY REPORT: The 49ers made it through the game without any apparent injuries. It's too early to tell if nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga will be available for next week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Sopoaga was out of action with left knee and ankle sprains. Also, running back Brandon Jacobs could be healthy enough to play next week. He returned to limited practice last week. He has been out since sustaining a left knee injury on Aug. 18 in an exhibition game against the Houston Texans.GINN RETURNS: Ted Ginn was active for the first time this season after sustaining a right ankle sprain in an Aug. 18 exhibition game. Ginn averaged 10.0 yards on four punt returns.NOTES: The 49ers improved to 3-1 for the second consecutive season. The last time San Francisco started 3-1 in back-to-back years was 2001 and '02. . . The 49ers are 3-0 under coach Jim Harbaugh after a defeat, and they're also 3-0 on the second leg of back-to-back road games. . . Receiver Mario Manningham had a team-high three receptions for 47 yards. He also added a 28-yard run on an end-around that helped set up the 49ers' first touchdown. . . After backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, he dropped the ball in the end zone to celebrate with his teammates. Veteran Randy Moss picked it up and handed it back to him to keep as a keepsake. Moss, who played sparingly, did not have any receptions in the game.

Kaepernick's parents defend his anthem protests: 'Very proud of our son'

Kaepernick's parents defend his anthem protests: 'Very proud of our son'

Colin Kaepernick began his silent National Anthem protests in late August.

For almost four months, his parents have remained quiet.

But after reports that Kaepernick did not have the support of his parents, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick reached out to ESPN's The Undefeated on Friday to set the record straight.

"Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs. As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others," the couple said in a statement to the publication.

Kaepernick's parents also commented on those you have called their son un-American or labeled his protests as anti-Military.

"Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country. He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe. The recent remarks (attacks) by Admiral Harris supported by the Pentagon are over the top, and we feel the desire to make a public statement in support of our son," The Kaepernicks said in their statement.

They concluded their statement by discussing the reaction the family received due to Kaepernick's protest, including detailing the hate mail that has been sent to them.

"When Colin first 'took a knee', his family was as surprised as anyone. We did not understand why he was doing this and were overwhelmed with the public reaction and hate. Colin not only received terrible racist tweets, but also received letters directly to our home similar to that recently received by [Denver Broncos linebacker] Brandon Marshall. We were truly shocked at the amount of racist hatred out there! Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is. Prayer and talks with our son gave us a much better understanding of the reason for his protest and how we should view it."

The Undefeated's Martenzie Johnson also spoke to Teresa Kaepernick by phone on Friday and she threw her family's support behind her son.

"I just want to be on the record that we absolutely do support him," she said.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”