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Santa Clara, CA – Yes, it was a short week but no one expected a flat game by the 49ers. Just last Monday they were competitive until the final minute before losing to the Green Bay packers. But today San Francisco came out flat and never recovered.
The 49ers 39-10 loss to the LA Rams was nothing but a disaster. On the first series C.J. Beathard was sacked by Samson Ebukam and fumbled the ball, Trevon Young recovered the ball. That setup Greg Zuerlein’s 35-yard field goal for the 3-0 lead. Matt Breida who left the game in the first series with a leg injury returned, he fumbled the ball and Aaron Donald’s recovered.
Kyle Shanahan explains what went wrong today vs last Monday night.
That setup Todd Gurley’s 7-yard touchdown extending LA’s lead 10-0 to start the second quarter. To make matters worse, Bradley Pinion’s punt was blocked by Cory Littleton. The ball ended up outbounds for the Safety making it a 12-0 game. Zuerlein kicked another 37-yard field goal extending the Rams lead 15-0.
Beathard went deep to Marquis Goodwin but his pass was intercepted by Troy Hill. Jared Goff also went deep to Brandin Cooks for a 19-yard touchdown making it a 22-0 game. LA completely dominated the first half while the 49ers continued to struggle on offense. With less than .30 seconds left in the second quarter, San Francisco made their move.
“We can’t turn it over like that,” said Beathard. “Didn’t help our defense out. I think they got 24 points off turnovers. Any time you do that, you’re playing from an uphill battle at that point.”
“I just have to have better ball security,” Brieda explained after his turnover. “I have to protect the ball better. I blame no one but myself for that.”
Beathard found George Kittle in the end zone who was pushed out for the first down. The 49ers stopped the clock with 8 seconds left and called a timeout. They challenged the call on the field that Kittle was in the end zone for the touchdown. After further review the call was reversed and San Francisco ended the half with a touchdown to make it 22-7 game.
Coming out after the half, the 49ers suffered another blow, they lost FS Adrian Colbert to a leg injury, he was carted off the field in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Rams offense continued to their winning ways. Zuerlain kicked his third field goal this time for 33-yards. And Gurley scored his second touchdown for 1-yard extending LA’s lead 39-7.
“It is about the process. It is about trusting the process and getting the product at the end. Right now it is tough. We are going to keep working and keep fighting. No matter how many people go down, we are going to keep fighting and believing in each other.”
By the fourth Robbie Gould kicked a 51-yard field goal to make it a 39-10 game but by then it was too late for a comeback. After the embarrassing loss the team will have to keep their focus and hope for better results when they face the Arizona Cardinals next week.
“We didn’t come prepared, and we got to do a better job next time,” Center Weston Richburg said. “Obviously, it didn’t work today, so we got to go back to the drawing board and make sure we’re better next time.”