(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. AP Photos. With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer San Francisco's defense has a little inside game of its own going on in practice each week: ''Takeaway Thursday.''
Force as many turnovers as possible to prepare for more of the same come Sunday. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman claims his unit had nine turnovers during one such session recently - though quarterback Alex Smith begs to differ, calling that number inflated.
The total hardly matters, it's the principle.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh isn't keeping track, though he loves the intense competition by his players leading up to games - and he's certainly thrilled that his defense delivered with an interception and forced the New York Jets into three lost fumbles in Sunday's 34-0 win at the Meadowlands.
The dominant performance kept the Jets out of the red zone all day.