Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty lead Jets to overtime win against 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Bryce Petty’s wild and wacky audition for the Jets quarterback job somehow ended in triumph on a day when two of the league’s bottom feeders duked it out in front of a half house.

Bilal Powell’s 19-yard touchdown run helped the Jets rally to a 23-17 overtime win over the hapless 49ers on Sunday. The Jets came painfully close to falling to a one-win team before Powell rescued them with his 145-yard, two-touchdown effort.

Nobody was happier than Petty (23 for 35 for 257 yards, 1 INT), who is trying to prove that he should be the signal caller of the future. The Jets (4-9) snapped their four-game losing streak thanks to Powell, who took over in relief after Matt Forte left midway through the first quarter with a knee injury.

Powell’s five-yard touchdown run, Bryce Petty’s gutsy 2-point conversion and Nick Folk’s 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter helped the Jets erase a 17-3 halftime hole and force overtime.

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The Niners offense was scorching in the first half before going into a familiar hibernation.

It looked ugly early on for Todd Bowles’ team.

Bryce Petty throws for 257 yards and an interception on Sunday vs. the 49ers.

Bryce Petty throws for 257 yards and an interception on Sunday vs. the 49ers.

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From special teams penalties to injuries to a laughably bad rush defense to one killer turnover in the opening seconds, the Jets looked lost at the outset of this game. These weren’t your father’s 49ers, but the Jets sure made them look that way early on to help this wretched San Francisco team race out to a two-score lead.

The typically hapless Niners outgained the Jets, 193-31, to race out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Bowles’ defense gave up two touchdowns on their first five plays, a new low for a unit that has underachieved all season.

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Carlos Hyde carved up the Jets fourth-ranked defense for 141 first-half yards, including gains of 47 and 43 yards, to help San Francisco take a 17-3 lead into intermission. The Jets were 1 for 7 on third downs before the break. Chan Gailey’s offense managed five punts, including three three-and-outs, a turnover and a field goal in seven first-half possessions. San Francisco punted only once before intermission.

Petty looked rough around the edges in the first half before making key plays down the stetch. The second-year quarterback’s four-game audition didn’t exactly get off to a rousing start. His first pass of the day was intercepted by Jimmie Ward, who dove in front of Quincy Enunwa to give the 49ers the ball inside the Jets 10. Colin Kaepernick hooked up with Hyde on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage for a 7-yard touchdown to take a quick lead 63 seconds into the game.

After Petty & Co. went three-and-out, Hyde sliced through the Jets before Shaun Draughn’s 4-yard touchdown gave the 49ers a 14-0 lead 4 minutes, 15 seconds into the game.

The Jets have trouble slowing down the 49ers in the first half.

The Jets have trouble slowing down the 49ers in the first half.

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San Francisco missed a pair of field goals in the first half, but the Jets couldn’t take advantage. Petty was indecisive in his second career start, holding on to the ball in the pocket for way too long.

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The Jets are in full-fledged evaluation mode during this lost season.

One month after Petty admittedly checked down to his running backs too much in his first career start against the Rams, the signal caller did a lot of the same against the worst defense in the league before making pivotal plays in the second half. His 26-yard completion to Robby Anderson help set up Powell’s heroics.

Petty was sacked six times, but he kept coming back.

Then, Powell helped him out to give him his first career win.

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