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October 3, 2012
Rogers: Jets were ready to hit the showers

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Midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, there wasn't a single green jersey in the MetLife Stadium stands. It turns out that the Jets players quit even before their fans did.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers told Sirius XM radio on Tuesday that the Jets defensive players acted like they didn't want to be on the field, surprising considering they are a Rex Ryan-coached unit.

"You could see it happening," Rogers said. "It kinda shocked me just because, you know, a lot of (49ers) guys were saying on the sideline, 'Oh, they don't want to tackle, they don't want to do this, they don't want to do that.' That's a Rex Ryan defense. That's a Rex Ryan team."

Indeed, the game became easier for the 49ers the longer it went on. The Jets missed tackles - 17 of them, according to Ryan -- throughout the afternoon. The final score easily could have been 41-0 but Colin Kaepernick mercifully slid down short of the end zone on a long run at game's end.

Receiver Santonio Holmes also gave the 49ers a gift touchdown when he tossed the ball away upon injuring his foot early in the fourth quarter. Rogers scooped it up and ran 51 yards for a touchdown. It turns out that Holmes' injury likely will end his season.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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