The 49ers threatened to end their losing streak on Sunday afternoon against the Jets, but the threat turned out to be an idle one.
The Jets fell behind 14-0 and 17-3 in the first half of the game, but scored the final 20 points of the contest. The end came when Bilal Powell busted through the line and sprinted 19 yards for a touchdown a little more than six minutes into overtime for a 23-17 Jets win.
Jets kicker Nick Folk sent the game to the extra period by connecting from 50 yards with 38 seconds left in the game. That capped the third scoring drive in four possessions for the Jets, who played with more effort and executed better than they did against the Colts last Monday night. That wasn’t difficult given the zombie stumbling that went on in that loss, but the bad start seemed to suggest things were headed the same way.
Bryce Petty was intercepted on his first throw of the day, but went 23-of-34 for 257 yards from there as he experienced winning in the NFL as a starting quarterback for the first time. He also scored a crucial two-point conversion in the fourth quarter with a strong run that saw him bounce off a couple of tackles on his way into the end zone.
Powell ran 29 times for 145 yards with Matt Forte knocked out early by a knee injury. That couldn’t match Carlos Hyde’s 17 carries for 193 yards, which will come with a side order of wondering about why he got just 17 carries on a day when the offense managed just 171 other yards.
Colin Kaepernick was 15-of-26 for 133 yards, although most of that came in the first half as he completed four passes for 17 yards after the break. That turnaround and the Jets’ ability to move the ball added up to a 12th straight loss for the Niners.