The San Francisco 49ers caused another big upset in Week 10 with a clear 31:10 home win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Niners impressed with impressive ball control, while the guests lacked precision and punch despite two star newcomers.
The Rams got the ball first and immediately tried to bring in new signing Odell Beckham Jr. This backfired, however, as a deep shot became an interception for Safety Jimmie Ward after there was apparently had a misunderstanding on the route to be taken between Matthew Stafford and OBJ.
The 49ers responded with an 18-game practice that lasted over 11 minutes. It ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to tight end George Kittle. Soon after, Stafford even threw a pick-six at Ward, who carried the ball 27 yards for a touchdown. Tight end Tyler Higbee slipped the ball through his fingers and Ward said thank you.
However, Higbee made up for his mistake in the second quarter and closed the lead after the guests’ best practice yet with a 10-yard touchdown. The Niners then made another long haul and scored their third touchdown of the game – Deebo Samuel ran over 8 yards from their own backfield into the end zone.
The Rams are on target again before the break, but instead of attempting a basket, the guests have bet on a scythe, in which Holder Johnny Hekker tried to pass. The ball was caught, but the Niners smelled of the roast and blocked the new first down. Stand break: 21: 7 49ers.
Los Angeles Rams signed after the break
After the break, the 49ers were mostly after ball control and eventually increased the lead with a 50-yard field goal from Robbie Gould. They finally closed it with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Samuel in the 4th and 5th at the start of the fourth quarter. The Rams then tried to shorten again, but were stopped in the red zone.
The Niners are keeping their slim playoff hopes, while the Rams suffered a second big loss in a row and missed the opportunity to tie the Arizona Cardinals in NFC West.
San Francisco 49ers (4-5) – Los Angeles Rams (7-3)
Result: 31:10 (14: 7, 7: 0, 3: 0, 7: 3) BOXSCORE
49ers vs. Rams – the most important stats
The 49ers’ first practice lasted 18 games and lasted 11:03 minutes. That meant the longest ride in terms of time this NFL season.
With his pick of six, Stafford threw two interceptions for a touchdown in back-to-back games. This last happened to him in his rookie season in weeks 12 and 13.
- The Niners are the first team since the Colts in Week 17 of 2018 to start a game with two 90-yard touchdowns. The Niners now have five such records in total this year – most in the NFL before the Rams.
- The 49ers held the ball for 39 minutes and used 8 of their 14 3rd tries, plus one of their two 4th tries played (the second to take as much time as possible in the end). You can’t seem much more efficient and dominant.
The star of the game: Deebo Samuel (wide receiver, 49ers)
Samuel (133 yards scrimmage, 2 TDs) has never been able to control the Rams. Both in the air after the capture and as a conventional runner from the backfield, he displayed great clarity and explosiveness and scored two important touchdowns. Jimmie Ward’s two interceptions early in the first quarter were also groundbreaking, both of which ultimately led to touchdowns.
Game Flop: Matthew Stafford (Quarterback, Rams)
Stafford (26/41, 243 YDS, TD, 2 INT) dug a deep hole with the Rams with steals for the second time in a row, although neither of them have gone completely on their hat this time around. But he was also very rarely able to orchestrate longer journeys and he was often imprecise. At least one more interception in the second half would have been possible. It’s also worth mentioning, however, that voting with both OBJ and the seven-round pick Ben Skowronek as Robert Woods’ rep never really worked out.
Analysis: 49ers vs. Rams – the tactics chart
Among the 49ers, creativity in personnel packages stood out. They offered 11, 12 and sometimes 21 people. But the most important thing here was the arrangement of the players. 11 often meant running back Jeff Wilson, for example, was set up as H-back, while wide receiver Deebo Samuel stood like a classic tailback in the backfield, then also took transfers, including his rushed touchdown. in the second quarter.
Another big part of this attack was the wide receivers, who helped as blockers in the running game, and the tight ends, who acted as a man of movement and then created double teams in the running block for tear up spaces for the ball carrier.
However, the Niners were running at such a high frequency, as the Rams were mostly acting with two high stares and so there was a lot of space in midfield. While passing through the air, Garoppolo relied mainly on short, quick passes, often on obliques.
Defensively, we saw the first signs of use of the new Edge Rusher Von Miller among the Rams. He gave the classic outside linebacker in the 3-4 system, but was often placed on the same side as Donald in obvious passes in order to overwhelm that side. In response to the focus on the Niners’ running game, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris increasingly relied on four linemen and therefore a 6-man front to stabilize the midfield and establish edges against outdoor racing games.
A bigger pre-game question was how Beckham would fit into the Rams’ system. After just a few days of training, there wasn’t much to look forward to. And it has been confirmed – OBJ has caught a few passes on curl or return routes. Additionally, he had a misunderstanding with Stafford on a go route, which he prematurely interrupted and was therefore partly to blame for Stafford’s first interception. Additionally, it was often used as a decoy or blocker in the racing game.