Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season came to a close with a massive thud.
The San Francisco 49ers cruised to a 28-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in a game that featured inept quarterback play, 17 punts, three turnovers, a fan on the field and Aaron Donald being ejected for contacting an official and shoving receiver Quinton Patton in the face.
Carlos Hyde rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns, Shaun Draughn scored on a 3-yard run and Vance McDonald caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert as the 49ers outclassed a Rams team that couldn’t accomplish much of anything all night.
Case Keenum passed for just 130 yards on 17 of 35 passing and was intercepted twice. Todd Gurley couldn’t find any room to run either, gaining just 47 yards on 17 carries. Los Angeles posted just 185 yards of total offense and had only four drives finish in 49ers territory.
The Rams possession summary for the night: punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, turnover on downs, end of game. They finished the game just 3 of 15 on third down.
And it’s not as though the 49ers looked the part of a juggernaut either.
Top overall draft pick Jared Goff wasn’t even in uniform Monday night. He was declared inactive before the game in favor of Sean Mannion as Keenum’s backup.
At this rate, Jeff Fisher won’t have to worry about his team going 7-9 again. The way they looked Monday night, they won’t get anywhere close to that number.