San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone celebrate Kaepernick's touchdown run during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLIfe Stadium. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Carlos Rogers' 51-yard touchdown on a fumble return headlined a smothering defensive play from the San Francisco 49ers in a 34-0 blowout victory over the injury-plagued New York Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick all recorded rushing touchdowns as San Francisco (3-1) bounced back strongly from a 24-13 upset loss at Minnesota in Week 3. Still, the story of the day belonged to the 49ers' defense.
San Francisco held the overmatched Jets to a paltry 145 yards and nine first downs while forcing four turnovers, including Rogers' recovery of a Santonio Holmes fumble that gave the Niners a 24-0 lead just seconds into the fourth quarter. The 49ers also blocked a punt that led to Hunter's one-yard touchdown plunge with 6:03 remaining.
Holmes suffered an injury to his left foot on the play despite not being contacted and did not return. The Jets were already without rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller, both of whom were inactive with hamstring injuries.
The 49ers also registered three sacks of Mark Sanchez, who managed just 103 yards on 13-of-29 passing and was intercepted once for New York (2-2), which was shut out for the first time since a 9-0 home setback to Green Bay on Oct. 31, 2010.
Gore finished with 62 rushing yards on 21 carries and Alex Smith completed 12- of-21 throws for 143 yards for San Francisco.
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