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By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New York Jets were a delicious
treat for the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco used a solid running game, a smothering defense, a
little bit of the wildcat-style offense and even blocked a punt to
cruise to a 34-0 victory. That romp came a week after a loss at
Minnesota in which the 49ers were just as outclassed as the Jets
were Sunday.

“For sure, the whole week there was more of an edge; it was
just a bad taste in your mouth,” Alex Smith said. “I don’t think
that goes away in one day. We wanted to be 3-1 and got it done.”
They got it done so emphatically that Jets coach Rex Ryan was
visibly shaken by the lopsided defeat, so much so that he struggled
to describe how poorly his Jets (2-2) performed.

“It’s obviously unacceptable,” Ryan said. “It starts with the
coaches. The players … they’ve got to dig deep, look down at the
themselves.”

Ryan took no solace from his team losing to one of the NFL’s
best. San Francisco (3-1) has everything Ryan wishes his team did.

The 49ers ran for 245 yards and Carlos Rogers returned a fumble
51 yards for a touchdown.

Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin
Kaepernick _ on a wildcat-like option _ all ran for scores. The
defense had an interception and three fumble recoveries, and
special teams blocked Robert Malone’s punt to set up the final
touchdown.

Defensive end Aldon Smith called it a statement win.
“Yeah, that’s right,” he said. “After the last game, some
people were questioning us and we knew what we were capable of. We
played all together as a unit and proved what we are as a
defense.”

And as an offense. And on special teams.

Rather than head back to the West Coast after the Minnesota
loss, coach Jim Harbaugh chose to have his team stay in eastern
Ohio and practice at Youngstown State all week. Last season, the
49ers did the same thing and won both games, in Cincinnati and then
at Philadelphia. The 49ers wound up going to the NFC championship
that season, and if they play anything like they did against the
Jets, they could very well find themselves advancing deep into the
postseason again.

“This is more the way we are accustomed to playing,” said
Harbaugh, the 2011 Coach of the Year.

It was San Francisco’s first shutout since beating the St. Louis
Rams 26-0 last December.

Meanwhile, the Jets lost top wide receiver Santonio Holmes to
what appeared to be a serious left foot injury. It was the first
time New York was shut out since losing 9-0 to Green Bay on Oct.
31, 2010, and the Jets’ biggest shutout home loss since falling
37-0 to Buffalo in 1989.

If Holmes misses significant time, the Jets would be without
their two biggest playmakers after All-Pro cornerback Darrelle
Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his
left knee last week at Miami.

“We got to play with who we’ve got,” Mark Sanchez said. “None
of those guys are going to get better overnight.”

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Holmes caught a pass
from Sanchez for 4 yards, but his left leg appeared to go out on
him. The ball flew out of his hands, and Rogers picked it up and
returned it for a score.

Holmes left the stadium in a golf cart, holding crutches, his
left foot in a boot.

Ryan said Friday that the Jets would wait to put Revis on
injured reserve until he has surgery in a few weeks, keeping him
available in case New York goes to the Super Bowl. If the Jets play
like this the rest of the way, getting to the playoffs will be a
tall task.

Alex Smith was efficient, going 12 of 21 for 143 yards and no
touchdowns, but more importantly, no interceptions. Sanchez had
another poor game, going 13 of 29 for 103 yards and an
interception.

“We knew Sanchez holds the ball a little longer and we felt we
could get after him,” Aldon Smith said. “We pretty much did.”

New York finished with just 45 yards rushing.

The wildcat-style offense worked early _ but for the 49ers and
not Tim Tebow and the Jets.

Kaepernick put the 49ers up 7-0 early in the second quarter,
taking a direct snap and running untouched off left end for a
7-yard touchdown. Kaepernick also had a 17-yard run earlier in the
game.

On the Jets’ next possession, Tebow threw his first pass with
New York, a short one over the middle to tight end Dedrick Epps,
who was upended immediately by Dashon Goldson as the ball came
loose. Rogers recovered, and the fumble call was upheld by video
review. Epps injured his right knee on the play.

With just over a minute left in the first half, the 49ers were
aggressive despite starting the drive at their 26. A 23-yard catch
by Vernon Davis on first down got things rolling, and San Francisco
ended the half on David Akers’ 36-yard field goal.

Boos and some chants of “Tee-boww! Tee-boww!” rang out as the
Jets went three-and-out for the second straight possession in the
second half. It never got any better for New York.

NOTES: Mario Manningham, a Super Bowl hero with Giants before
joining the Niners as free agent, returned to the Meadowlands and
had three catches for 47 yards, plus a 28-yard gain on an
end-around … Akers also missed from 55 and 40 yards wide right
… New York lost fullback John Conner with a hamstring injury …
San Francisco got 62 yards rushing from Gore, 56 from Hunter and 50
from Kaepernick.
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(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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