First play of the game, QB Brian Hoyer steps back to pass and its…
The San Francisco 49ers fell to the LA Rams on Thursday night football in heart breaking fashion, 41-39. The 49ers fall to 0-3 and the Rams move to 2-1 on the season. The 49ers nearly made a miraculous comeback which fell short late in the 4th quarter. The 49ers were down 15 points late in the 4th Quarter, scored a quick TD, got an onside kick, and then scored another quick TD. The team went for 2 and came up short. After an onside kick recovery, WR Trent Taylor was called for an offensive pass interference, which was an iffy call at best, which derailed the teams comeback hopes. Just your everyday 4th quarter in the NFL.
After back to back abysmal performances by the 49ers offense in weeks 1 and 2, the 49ers offense came out firing in week 3 at home vs the rams. Putting up 39 points and 421 yards on offense. Hoyer started his day gifting the Rams 7 points on a terrible interception, then leveled out to keep the 49ers in the game with the defense having trouble stopping the Rams offense.
Brian Hoyer went 23 of 37 with 332 yards and 2 TDs and the previously mentioned interception. His day was up and down throughout the day but had two deep passes in critical times in the game. One to WR Marquise Goodwin for 50 yards, then a 59 yard bomb to Pierre Garcon. Offense did their job in Thursdays game, real issue was the defense having trouble stopping the QB Jared Goff lead Rams offense.
Rams RB Todd Gurley ran the ball 28 times for 111 yards and three TDs. If he’s on your fantasy team you’re happy, but for 49ers fans this is a nightmare. After coming off of a great defensive performance 4 days prior in which the Seattle Seahawks only scored 12 points. This tired defense had trouble stopping anything the Rams did throughout the day. Goff was 22 of 28 for 292 yards and 3 TDs. Rams didn’t just beat them on the ground, they won through the air as well.
Big issue on defense was the lack of a pass rush. After week 2s dominating performance by the 49ers defensive line, it looked as though the unit had made a leap. This week the DL took a step back, which exposed some of the issues in the secondary with the youth of the corners. DB Rashard Robinson had an especially tough day. Giving up big plays to Rams WRs and was called for a few key penalties.
The 49ers where hit with the injury bug in this game. They lost DL Tank Carradine to and ankle injury and SS Jaquiski Tartt, LB Brock Coyle, and FB Kyle Juszczyk to concussions. Juszczyk was seen in a soft neck brace in the locker room post game, which is never a good sign. The 10 days off will do this team a lot of good.
This was a tough loss for a team desperate for a win. All in all this was a very entertaining game, one of the more entertaining NFL games of the season. Levis Stadium was loud and had a very good vibe throughout the game, with the crowd engaged all the way to the end of the 4th quarter. The team gets a well-deserved 10 days off after a quick turnaround from week 2 to week 3. The 49ers go on a 3 game road trip to take on Arizona, Indianapolis, and Washington. It doesn’t get any easier for this injured team, looking for their 1st win of the season. Hey, at least they finally got the 1st TD of the season, baby steps.