Monday, September 21, 1992
NINERS RULE IN MEADOWLANDS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If the San Francisco 49ers ever think about
moving, maybe they should consider the Meadowlands.
The 49ers won for the second time in three weeks at Giants Stadium when
they took a 31-0 lead Sunday and went on to beat the New York Jets. In the
season opener, the Niners beat the Giants by the same score - 31-14.
Still, the 49ers don't sound like they want to call the place home.
''I hate playing here,'' Jerry Rice said after catching five passes for
73 yards and a touchdown. ''The fans have so many names for you. One guy
told me he hopes I break my neck today. The fans are really hostile here.''
''That's one of the few things I don't like about playing here,'' added
Jamie Williams, who also had a TD reception as quarterback Steve Young threw
for two touchdowns and ran for another in the first half, when San Francisco
built a 24-0 lead. ''It seems the people of the Meadowlands know how to
cuss better than anybody. I got called some things today that I never heard
in the neighborhood.''
The 49ers looked ever y bit like the powerhouse of any neighborhood, even
though they lost a key member when star receiver John Taylor suffered a
''We lost a star out there today,'' Young said. ''We'll miss him for six
weeks or so while he drinks lots of milk and builds up his calcium and we
get him back.''
Actually, Taylor will be lost for at least eight weeks. Defensive end Larry
Roberts tore right knee ligaments and also was sidelined.
The bumbling Jets continued their horrid play after an undefeated preseason.
Jets coach Bruce Coslet's prediction during the week that his team would
win this game looked like folly almost from the outset.
''I said we'd win, I didn't guarantee we would win,'' Coslet said.
The 49ers (2-1) put the NFL's most productive attack to work immediately.
Young found Rice for 23 yards and Taylor for 19 on the play when he suffered
his injury. After getting to the 5, Young avoided a rush and hit a wide-open
Rice in the back of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Young scored the 49ers' second TD after some strange play-calling by Coslet.
New York (0-3) got the ball at the 49ers' 41 after an interference call
on a punt cost San Francisco 15 yards. The Jets got to the 24, where Brad
Baxter lost a yard on third and 5. Rather than call on struggling place-kicker
Jason Staurovsky, Coslet gambled. But he didn't call for a passing play
and Blair Thomas was thrown for a 4-yard loss.
''We couldn't get into a 3-point contest with them,'' Coslet said. ''It
was our game plan going in to go on most fourth downs.''