In a game reminiscent of the dominating defensive line of the mid 70s with Tommy Hart, Cedrick Hardman, Skip Vanderbundt, Jimmy Webb, Cleveland Elam, and Fudge Hammer Frank Nunley, the 49ers defense laid a huge ass-whipping of the LA Rams. Yes, the high-flying LA Rams who scored 69 points, and rolled up 995 yards in their previous two games, were held to 7 points and a grand total of 157 yards. Goff was under pressure all game, and except for the opening drive, did little to nothing offensively.
The Rams were 0-13 on 3rd and 4th downs. Goff had a net 48 yards passing. Early on it appeared the Rams would run right down our throat, but we had started the game in a nickel package, and the Rams exploited that by running straight down the field for a quick 7 points. After that, though, the D line took over. Solly Thomas even got into the act with a crushing sack in the 3rd quarter. Dee Ford had a strip sack and a half, Armstead got the other half, and Ronald Blair had a sack as well, but that one should really go to Nick Bosa as he walked the guard straight backwards into Goff, and Goff fell over the left tackle.
Then there was the goal line stand.
The DBs were up to the challenge all game and Moseley had great coverage on one of the only deep shots of the game, and made a great open-field tackle on Cooper Kupp to prevent a 1st down.
Offensively? Well, we did enough to win, but it was a very uneven performance for Jimmy G. the run game was stifled pretty well, and Jimmy made most of the throws he needed to to keep the chains moving. The pick in the end zone was terrible, even if Kittle was held/bumped off the play. The dropped pick was even worse as it would have changed the game entirely had Littleton caught the gift for ther pick 6 it would have been. 14 to 7 and getting the 3rd quarter KO would have been a different ball of wax, but woulda coulda shoulda don’t get you any sauce in this league.
As far as the dropped pass to Coleman on the goal line goes, the play was made correctly by both, but Coleman was bumped off his route coming out of the backfield and he was in a different spot than designed. Still and all, he should have caught that one.
Gould? Don’t know. He followed his terrible week last week with another underwhelming performance. Granted, a 55 yarder is no gimme, but he left it about 30′ short. Guess he might still be hurt. Our punter is doing fine, but a near fatal gaffe by Reed letting a punt hit him in the leg was negated by an illegal shift call. Again, woulda coulda shoulda, but you fuck those plays up, you pay the piper.