the Epps fumble was early 2nd quarter and the end result was Akers long miss. It was 7-0 at that point.Did Smith overthrow his receiver, or did the Jets get pressure rush his throw?
The fumble was big, but we can't fault Sanchez for trying to make a play there, the defender got him from behind, Sanchez has to be smarter, but he's trying to make a play, he's a competitor.
The second half was a big momentum change due to turnovers, the Epps fumble on Tebow's first pass was a brutal play, overlooked by all of our internet GM and coaches on this board, that was a crippling change of momentum play because the Jets just got the ball back with good field position and the score still 10-0 with a chance to maybe drive there for a score.
The Holmes turnover was brutal, he was hurt on the play, I get it, but he has to hold on to the ball there, he just has to, complete lack of mental discipline.
The Sanchez INT on the deflected screen pass attempt was probably the only really bad play Sanchez had in the second half, there were again several key drops by players, Turner and Cumberland come to mind, both on 3rd down plays.
Sanchez didn't play well, but he really didn't play that badly if you re-watch the tape. And as the op mentions, the defense didn't have a great day either, but SF made big plays in their wildcat formations and on the reverse plays that caught the defense off guard, but there is no excuse for 17 missed tackles, that's on the D.
I maintain it's still not the time to give up on Sanchez, not with the players he is forced to work with, the youth, the inexperience, and the injuries, it's a big deal, but people don't want to understand this anymore.