Jets 22, 49ers 14
-- Chad Pennington could feel the pressure of trying to make franchise history weighing down his teammates.
Trailing by 11 points at halftime, Pennington spoke up in the locker room. It worked. Pennington led a second-half comeback and rookie Jonathan Vilma sealed it, helping the New York Jets beat San Francisco, 22-14, on Sunday.
Though they foundered for the first half, the Jets are 5-0 for the first time in their 45-year history.
"At halftime, it wasn't about the offense's play," Pennington said. "It was about looking at each other in the eye and having a gut check. Are we playing up to our capabilities? It's about playing with passion. That's what we did in the second half."
His speech was a little more animated than that.
"That's the maddest I've ever seen Chad," said running back Curtis Martin, who had 111 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, while passing Marcus Allen for eighth place on the NFL career rushing list.
With Pennington sparking the offense, defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson lit a fire under his unit. After San Francisco (1-5) scored its second touchdown to go up 14-0 midway through the second quarter, he left his usual spot up in the coaches box and went down to the sideline.
That was enough to motivate the players, who got an earful from their coach.
"He told us to get our butt in line and get on the job," tackle Jason Ferguson said.
They did that, shutting out the 49ers and limiting Tim Rattay to 93 yards passing in the second half. Rattay finished 18 of 28 for 286 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Meanwhile, Pennington and Martin keyed the Jets. Pennington finished 20 of 30 for 222 yards, but 117 yards came in the second half. Martin also had a big second half and now has 12,282 yards rushing.
San Francisco Coach Dennis Erickson was discouraged with the way San Francisco let the game slip away. "We've got to find a way to win," Erickson said. "We've got to make plays at the end. We're finding a way to not make plays."
The Jets did a good job of containing tight end Eric Johnson, the NFL's leading receiver. Playing despite cracked ribs, Johnson had four catches for 24 yards.