Week 14: Here We Go Again

The 49ers offense began Sunday’s game with consecutive TD drives, the first set up by a Jimmie Ward interception, which gave the offense tremendous field position. They scored on the next play following the INT with a TD pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick to running back Carlos Hyde, it was his 8th total TD of the season. The next offensive series the 49ers rode Carlos Hyde to the tune of 58 yards before running back Shaun Draughn was able to score on a 4 yard TD run. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick also had a promising start to the day as he ended the 1st quarter going a perfect 7/7 for 95 yards and a TD. The 49ers led 14-0 going into the 2nd quarter

The next 2 offensive drives the 49ers amassed 102 yards of total offense and held on to the football for 6 minutes and 26 seconds. Both drives ended with the Jets taking possession of the football as kicker Phil Dawson missed on FG attempts of 44 yards and 48 yards respectively. The Jets offense were unable to do much of anything after the misses as they only scored 3 point after taking over control of the football. On their next drive the 49ers were able to take the football down the field as they gained 46 yards in just a minute and 43 seconds as Dawson was finally able to connect as he successfully kicked a 47 yard FG. The 49ers went into half time with a 17-3 lead and were set to receive the 2nd half kickoff

Although Colin Kaepernick began perfect, he ended the game going 8 for 19 for 38 yards in the final 3 quarters of regulation and the overtime period. After halftime the 49ers were only able to amass 70 yards of total offense, more than half of that number came in the overtime period and they were unable to score any points. The 2nd half of the game panned out much like every game this season as they were unable to do much of anything offensively. It showcased the lack of talent, and experience on offense as the Jets defense was able to stop them pretty easily.

Sunday’s game was also marred by injuries to both sides, as the Jets and 49ers suffered multiple injuries. The 49ers who were already without All-Pro left tackle Joe Staley lost center Daniel Kilgore on the 2nd offensive series of the game. Marcus Martin who made a surprise start at left guard moved over to center when Kilgore exited the game and former starter Andrew Tiller entered the game to replace Martin’s vacated spot. Vance McDonald, who just signed a new 5 year extension was also lost for the day early with a shoulder injury on as he attempted to block a Jets a defender on what was a major gain for Carlos Hyde.

In the 2nd half the 49ers lost wide receiver Torrey Smith, who left the game via cart due a scary concussion that occurred when he made an attempt on an overthrown pass by Colin Kaepernick. Smith went up in the air and landed hard on his head, it was speculated by the CBS announcers that Smith perhaps was knocked unconscious by the fall. Backup cornerback Keith Reaser was also lost for the day as he suffered from a migraine headache which forced him to head to the locker room to be attended.

Defensively the 49ers had standout performances by rookie defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, 3rd year cornerback Jimmie Ward and 4th year linebacker Gerald Hodges. Buckner ended the game with 11 total tackles, 4 QB hits and 2 sacks, which brought his season total to 5, which has him tied with Ahmad Brooks for the team lead. Jimmie Ward had a great all around game, he ended the game with 11 total tackles, 2 deflected passes, a sack and an INT. That interception was the 1st by a 49ers cornerback this season and 1st since last year’s win in Chicago, which was also by Ward. Hodges flashed all game, he played aggressively and was around the ball all game. He ended the game with 9 total tackles, a sack and 2 tackles for loss. The 49ers defense notched 6 sacks on the day, which was their highest total since a 2013 game against Washington.

The great performances by individual members of the 49ers defense was not enough as 2nd year quarterback Bryce Petty and Bilal Powell were able to bring the Jets back from a 17-6 deficit to begin the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter the Jets outscored the 49ers 11-0, as they scored on a TD run by Powell, a 2 point conversion by Petty and a 50 yard FG by kicker Nick Folk. At the end of regulation the score was tied at 17. In the 2nd half and in the overtime period the Jets were able to amass 261 yards of offense and held on to the football for over 25 minutes of game time. Much of the success the 49ers defense had on the day occurred in the 1st 3 quarters of the game. In the crucial moments when the game was on the line they were unable to pressure the quarterback or contain the Jets running game.

The 49ers won the coin flip and chose to receive the football to begin the overtime period. The 49ers offense was able to move into Jets territory on the legs of Hyde, as he broke off his last major run of the game, which got him over 190 yards rushing. The 49ers offense stalled and head coach Chip Kelly had the most important decision of the game in his hands. On 4th and 2 he decided to go for it and placed it in the hands of Carlos Hyde. Hyde was unable to convert as he was stone walled by the Jets defense and the Jets went on to win the game, dropping the 49ers to 1-12. Running back Bilal Powell scored the game winning TD a few plays later on a 19 yard carry. Powell is the 3rd backup running back this season to rush for over 100 yards on the 49ers defense as he ran for 145 yards. Petty is the 3rd backup quarterback to beat the 49ers this season.

The 49ers will go on the road for their 2nd to last road game of the season as they will take on the 8-5 NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons. The game will be their last 10am start of the season as they look to break their 12 game losing streak.

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