MAKING THE GRADE
Here's how the 49ers graded out from Sunday's 34-0 win over the host New York Jets:
Little impact came from Alex Smith's 12 completions to six receivers for 143 yards and no touchdowns. But there were no interceptions and no lost fumbles on back-to-back sacks. Colin Kaepernick, not Smith, got the call to go deep for Randy Moss -- a 48-yard bomb into triple coverage that fell short of the goal line.
A 245-yard output set the tone against the Jets defense. Secret weapon Kaepernick came out to play, dashing for 56 yards on his first three runs, including a 7-yard TD. Not only did Frank Gore (62 yards) and Kendall Hunter (56) score a touchdown each, but they also consistently pushed past an initial wave of defenders, with help from stout blocking.
Poor Mark Sanchez. He didn't stand a chance against a revived pass rush that sacked him three times, forced him to commit two turnovers and limited him to 103 yards on 13-of-29 passing. Stars of the game: Aldon Smith (two sacks, forced fumble), Patrick Willis (interception off Ray McDonald tip), Ahmad Brooks (sack), Carlos Rogers (two fumble recoveries after receptions, plus TD return).
Shonn Greene is no Adrian Peterson, and the 49ers welcomed that switch by stuffing Greene for 34 yards on 11 carries. The Jets totaled just 45 yards with their, ahem, "ground-and-pound" attack, including Tim Tebow's two carries for no yards.
Great job by Larry Grant to block a fourth-quarter punt and set up the 49ers' final touchdown. David Akers oddly missed 2 of 4 field-goal attempts, hooking 55- and 40-yard attempts wide right. Welcome back, Ted Ginn Jr. (four punt returns, 40 yards).
Bravo, bravo. The glowing reviews for this off-Broadway show were much needed. Creativity emerged with the WildKap offense, which complemented a brute-force running game. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had his unit totally dialed in to the Jets' play calls.
-- CAM INMAN