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

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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 negated a first down conversion for the 49ers. Instead of a first down in Rams’ territory, the 49ers were backed up to a third- and then fourth-and-20 scenario.

The 49ers had closed a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to just two after a 1-yard Carlos Hyde touchdown run pulled San Francisco within reach with 2:17 left to play. A two-point conversion try – necessitated due to an early missed extra point by Robbie Gould – was deflected and intercepted on a pass from Hoyer to Taylor.

However, the 49ers recovered the ensuing onside kick as Raheem Mostert hauled in a perfectly executed kick by Gould to give San Francisco another chance. The pass to Taylor would have moved the 49ers to the Los Angeles 39-yard line and into fringe field goal range at the two-minute warning. An incomplete pass to Pierre Garcon and the sack from Donald ended any realistic chance the 49ers had to pull out a win. Todd Gurley‘s 20-yard run made it official.

After Gurley and Hoyer traded rushing touchdowns early, the Rams built a 17-7 advantage. Jared Goff connected with Gurley on a 7-yard score and Greg Zuerlein added a 48-yard field goal to give L.A. the early cushion.

Gurley would score again on a 2-yard run, and Goff would twice connect with Sammy Watkins for touchdowns as the Rams lead grew to 41-26 with 8:47 remaining. Gurley finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries for the Rams. Goff completed 22 of 28 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

Hoyer would hit Taylor for a 3-yard touchdown with 5:12 remaining and Hyde’s 1-yard run would close the gap before the Rams did just enough to hold on for the win.

Hyde rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns for San Francisco. Hoyer had 332 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Garcon had 142 yards on seven receptions to lead all receivers in the game.

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

  1. Not the same ol’ sorry Rams anymore. Probably won’t read many “Jared Goff is a bust!!!” comments tonight after his 22-28, 292 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT evening. His QB rating so far in 2017 is 118.2 Todd Gurley looked 2015-esque. Sammy Watkins looked like a #1 receiver. Aaron Donald sacked the Niners into the bay. Sorry, Niner fans, we’re the better team.

  2. Fisher was really the anchor that dragged down the Rams offense. Two 40 point games this season already. How much better does Jared Goff look.

    Todd Gurley, 6 TDs this season already. A return to the Pro Bowl awaits if he keeps it up. Way to answer the call.

  3. If the Rams can knock off the Cowboys they could go on a long winning streak. They don’t have any really tough games on their schedule after that except for the Vikings, eagles and Titans and the only good QBs they play are later in the season with Brees, Wentz and Mariota. Rams are taking this division.

  4. Sam Darnold just enrolled in a Masters program.

    But seriously that was an exciting game. Despite the hyperbole that it would be another snooze fest it actually took me by surprise, you can pin it on the blown call by the refs but the truth of the matter is the Niners had way too many chances and squandered it.

    If it’s not the offense one week it’s the defense another.

    Go Niners.

  5. Garbage ref. Aside from the missed PI before the niners last TD .. a clear hold on the TE that wasn’t called, 3 plays later call that offensive PI, is like they were on a mission to make sure the Rams win.

  6. This season so far has been an indictment on Jeff Fishers coaching ability. Last year Goff didn’t even look like he belonged in the league and Fisher managed to make Gurley, one of the most talented young back in the league, statistically one of the worse starting running backs in the league. Now the Rams have Had offensive life through 3 games of this season, Gurley is being placed in position to show his talents and Goff is looking like a first round QB.

  7. Once again, can we all thank the Football gods that Jeff Fisher is no longer an NFL coach. How he kept his job for years when it was clear he was terrible at it is still a mystery.

    It turns out all the Rams offensive picks over the years aren’t busts, it was the coach who was the bust.

  8. 49ers were robbed. That was a BS PI call.
    Surprisingly good game though…

    I hope it was not just 2 really bad teams playing a game that looked good because they were both at the same low level…

  9. Didn’t watch the game but happened to surf by in the middle of the game and saw an overhead shot of the stadium. There were maybe 10k fans in the building. Could have picked a seat anywhere in the venue and sat down wherever you wanted to.

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