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Kyle Shanahan on offensive pass interference: I saw a very good route

In postgame interviews, Kyle Shanahan didn’t have much to say about the offensive pass interference penalty called against his team late in Thursday’s game. The 49ers coach said then that he “didn’t see it.” After seeing it, Shanahan said a lot by saying little. “I saw a very good route,” Shanahan said, via quotes distributed [more]

Ezekiel Elliott will play for the next two games, at a minimum

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has spoken, sort of. Ignoring the league’s request for a ruling by September 26 on the emergency motion to stay the injunction that allows Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to play while the legal challenge to his six-game suspension proceeds, the Fifth Circuit has set oral [more]

NFL Network’s Thursday night ratings are up over last year

The NFL’s television ratings have been a mixed bag early this season, but the league-owned network is getting good news. For the second week in a row, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football ratings are up significantly from NFL Network’s games last season: Last night’s Rams-49ers game had 7.4 million viewers, while last week’s Texans-Bengals game [more]

Offensive pass interference may be a sudden point of emphasis

So why did officials kill the 49ers’ final drive with a tacky-tack offensive pass interference call on Thursday night? It’s possibly a result of the periodic reminders that the league office provides to game officials. As one source explained it to PFT, the league routinely sends clips and memos to game officials pointing out missed [more]

49ers: More than 60,000 attended Thursday night’s game

Despite photos suggesting a sparse crowd on Thursday night, the 49ers say that more than 60,000 attended the home game against the Rams. The team also distributed 97 percent of the 68,500 available tickets. So why the images of a largely empty venue? The game started during rush hour in the Bay Area, and the [more]

Sean McDermott: Sammy Watkins’ performance “hard to watch”

When the Bills abruptly traded receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams in August, many wondered whether he’d have a major impact any time soon. On Thursday night he did, catching six passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. On Friday, Watkins’ former head coach expressed a little regret over the fact that Watkins is no [more]

Todd Gurley is first with six TDs in first three games since 2011

Rams running back Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards Thursday night, marking the first time that he’s crossed the 100-yard plateau since Week 14 of the 2015 season. That’s reinforces the previous signs of Gurley getting back on track and so do the three touchdowns he scored during the 41-39 victory over the 49ers. Those [more]

Rams “feel the confidence coming out of” Jared Goff

Earlier this week, Rams quarterback Jared Goff was asked a question that referenced his rookie season and said that he was done talking about 2016 because “last year was a whole different deal.” Thursday night offered a lot of proof for that. Goff tore up the 49ers by going 22-of-28 for 292 yards and three [more]

49ers mum about pass interference call, for now

Last night’s game turned on a questionable offensive pass interference call. When questioned about it after the game, various 49ers opted not to say anything controversial about the potential controversy. Said receiver Trent Taylor, who drew the flag, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports California: “I ran the route the way it was called, the [more]

Jaquiski Tartt, Kyle Juszcyzk, Brock Coyle all have concussions for 49ers

Safety Jaquiski Tartt, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and linebacker Brock Coyle each sustained concussion for the San Francisco 49ers in Thursday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Tartt and Coyle each left the game to be evaluated for head injuries before being ruled out for the remainder of the game. Tartt was accidentally kicked in [more]

Jared Goff starting to look like a No. 1 pick after best game of his career against 49ers

There wasn’t much to get excited about based on Jared Goff‘s seven starts as a rookie last season for the Los Angeles Rams. Seven starts, five touchdowns, seven interceptions and not a single victory to show for his troubles. But through the first three games of the 2017 season, Goff appears to have made significant [more]

Questionable interference call clouds stellar Thursday night game

It was one of the most competitive, intense, and unexpectedly entertaining Thursday night games since the NFL decided to turn short-week football into a franchise. And it ended with a questionable call that will make the 49ers and their fans justifiably salty for months to come. After a late fumble resulted in a late touchdown [more]

Rams hold off late 49ers rally to earn 41-39 victory

The Los Angeles Rams had to come up with one final defensive stop to thwart a furious rally from the San Francisco 49ers in Thursday night’s 41-39 victory in Santa Clara. Aaron Donald‘s sack of Brian Hoyer on fourth-and-20 enabled the Rams to hold on after a questionable offensive pass interference call against Trent Taylor [more]

Sammy Watkins leaves with head injury

Rams receiver Sammy Watkins headed to the locker room for further evaluation of a head injury. He was questionable to return. Watkins was sandwiched on his 13-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and took a shot to the head. He had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns before leaving. Rams receiver Tavon [more]

Jaquiski Tartt leaves with head injury

The 49ers could hardly stand another injury at safety, but Jaquiski Tartt left in the third quarter to undergo a cognitive evaluation. The team listed him as questionable to return. Tartt (neck) and Jimmie Ward (hamstring) entered the game questionable, and Eric Reid (knee) was out. Tartt and Ward both started, but Tartt’s own teammate, [more]

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