Monday, September 21, 1992

NINERS RULE IN MEADOWLANDS

Associated Press

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 broken leg.

''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.''