Clash in the NFC West at the end of the 4th day, with the trip of the defending champion to the bay of San Francisco. And for the 7th in a row in the regular season, the Rams lost to the 49ers… Buoyed by fierce defense and the talent of Deebo Samuel, the Niners dominated.
The film of the match
In possession of the ball first, the Rams opened the scoring thanks to a field-goal from Matt Gay (0-3). This first drive is long but rather well contained by the Niners’ defense thanks in particular to a sack from Samson Ebukam, a former Rams player. San Francisco’s response is quick with a quality first attack. A nice full center race from Jeff Wilson makes the difference and ends in touchdown from 32 yards (7-3). Matthew Stafford is under a lot of pressure at the start of the match and Nick Bosa offers himself a sack.
After exchanges of punts, a new kick allows the Rams to return to 1 point (7-6). But again, San Francisco’s answer is better. Deebo Samuel signs a class action, with a high reception then his explosiveness does the rest to score his team’s second touchdown (14-6). The defense then does the job, with 2 sacks in quick succession to maintain this advantage at the break.
The match keeps the same physiognomy in the 3th quarter, with a long drive for LA (17 actions and almost 8 minutes) but which only leads to a field-goal (14-9). A nice 35-yard action from Kyle Juszczyk directly revives the Niners, who score 3 more points thanks to the foot of Robbie Gould (17-9).
San Francisco accelerates at the end of the match, with a new action from Deebo Samuel, who transforms a small pass into a gain of 29 yards. But behind, Gould misses his field-goal. It is therefore the defense that will put the finishing blow, when Talanoa Hufanga intercepts a pass from Matthew Stafford and goes to score the touchdown of the break (24-9). The evening ends in pain for the QB of the Rams, who takes a 7th sack and then loses a fumble.
Rams dominated by 49ers defense
The Los Angeles franchise is experiencing offensive problems at the start of the season, and this was very visible yesterday. The offensive line is very diminished, and that’s not good news against a defense like San Francisco’s. Constantly under pressure, Matthew Stafford took 7 sacks and lost a fumble. The other problem is that the QB doesn’t have many options around him this season. Cooper Kupp seems to be the only receiver he trusts, and he tends to force his passes towards him. The connection with Allen Robinson does not take at all, and the ground game (57 yards yesterday) is not efficient enough. The problems of finishing the drives also cost dearly on this match.
And opposite, the 49ers defense is in great shape. Carried by a formidable front-seven, she thus dominated the offensive line of the Rams, and signed 7 sacks on Stafford. Nick Bosa and Samson Ebukam both scored twice. Another player in the rush, safety Talanoa Hufanga buried LA’s hopes with his pick-6 in the 4th quarter. San Francisco has already seen a defensive coordinator become a coach (Robert Saleh at the Jets), and DeMeco Ryans could follow the same path quickly.
A Deebo Samuel in great shape
In the hard offensively also since the start of the season, the 49ers found their colors yesterday. Jimmy Garoppolo recovered in place a week after his sluggish return, and he released a good game with 239 yards and 1 touchdown. Jeff Wilson did the job on the ground, with 74 yards on 18 carries, including a nice touchdown.
But the real star of this attack is Deebo Samuel, who showed his talent yesterday. On several occasions, he showed off his explosiveness and his agility to transform small passes into long wins. When he has the ball in his hand, he is very difficult to stop. Samuel finished with 6 receptions for 115 yards and 1 touchdown in the air, and he didn’t even need to shine on the ground.
|San Francisco 49ers||Los Angeles Rams|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||16/27, 239 yards, 1 TD||Matthew Stafford||32/48, 254 yards, 1 INT|
|Jeff Wilson||18 carries, 74 yards, 1 TD||Darrell Henderson||7 carries, 27 yards|
|Deebo Samuel||6 receptions, 115 yards, 1 TD||Cooper Kupp||14 receptions, 122 yards|
|Brandon Aiyuk||4 receptions, 37 yards||Tyler Higbee||10 receptions, 73 yards|
The next meetings
The four franchises in the NFC West division are now tied at 2-2, but there are no other head-to-head matchups scheduled for the next 3 weeks.
The 49ers travel twice to teams in the NFC South, to the Panthers and then to Atlanta. Then, the calendar gets complicated before Bye Week, with the reception of Kansas City then the return match with the Rams.
For Los Angeles, return to SoFi Stadium for the next two days, with the receptions of the Cowboys and the Panthers. Then, the Rams will be able to breathe with their Bye Week, before finding the 49ers still at home.