49ers feel at home in Eastern time zone

September 30, 2012, 10:42 pm
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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.

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