Game balls all around. Jason Verrett, Raheem Mostert, Jimmy G, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, the offensive line, and especially Kyle Shanahan and Robert Saleh. In order to develop a rhythm with his quarterback and the offense, the 49ers came out throwing quick passes (where have I screamed that lately? Oh yeah, 3 days ago) and moving the chains, The opening drive was a thing of west coast beauty with swing passes, misdirection runs, and little to nothing downfield. the 1st half in general was a thing of beauty as the 49ers scored 3 TDs, one on a 4th and 2 from the Ram 44 yard line. The 3rd TD came as Shanahan was trying to run the 2nd quarter out while still scoring a TD. It worked but it was a bit annoying as I felt we were too conservative on the drive and we could have pushed harder. Still and all stopped the Rams next possession, and we had another chance to score. We took a couple deep shots, but being up 21-6 wa about as good as anyone could have hoped.

Defensively was definitely a mixed bag, as the Rams both ran and threw very effectively at times, but were also shut down at other times. But Jason Verrett made the play of the night on a 4th and goal play at the 1 when he intercepted a Jared Goff pass in the back of the end zone. The beauty of the play was that it got us out of what would have been 1st and 10 from the 1. Whether the Rams shot themselves in the feet with penalties, or suffered dropped passes, the 49er defense held the Rams out of the end zone for 2 of the 4 quarters. No mean feat.

Special teams even got into the act with Dion Jordan blocking an extra point, Robbie Gould providing a 49 yard field goal, and Tavarius Moore downed a punt on the 2″ line to pin the Rams deep. This led to our only 2nd half points.

A much as Shanny deserves a game ball for protecting Jimmy G, and neutralizing NFL sack leader Aaron Donald, I didn’t like the ultra-conservative nature of his play calling in the 2nd half. He relied too much on the defense to stop the Rams, and the 40 yard strike to Josh Reynolds was inevitable. The one shot Shanny took was the 3rd and 7 with 1:55 that sealed the game. However, it took a monster effort from Deebo, who broke 4 tackles on the ‘pass’ play to get that game-sealing 1st down. Other than that it was a bunch of 3 and outs for the most part as we passed ONCE on 1st down. My biggest pet peeve.

Still and all, a huge response by the players and coaches to the steaming turd that was the Miami game. This game was ginormous as the team needed a win at home against a division foe.

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12 Responses to Victory!

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Mostert with the dreaded high ankle sprain. Likely hitting the IR.

  2. Winder says:

    I was surprised at how well we played especially in the first half. I don’t feel comfortable with any lead anymore and the second half was touchy at times. But, they still are the stinking Rams and they have been playing pretty good so far. Always a good day when we can take one from the Rams.

  3. NJ49er says:

    Happy to steal the W in Division and all but, I’m not feeling confident with the injuries we’re dealing with.
    I think we were luckier than good last night to have Goff miss more throws than Jimmy did.
    Jimmy missing a WIDE open Juice was enough to make me go insane.
    Can’t call that elite QB play by any definition.
    Jimmy is too hot/cold for my taste at the price tag he’s carrying.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    The quick passes certainly helped with the protection. Something they should have adjusted to a month ago, but hey, better late than never.

    What bothers me most is we face another mobile QB and our LB are usually si far out of position, they can’t make a play and they rip off a 20 yard run.

    • NJ49er says:

      Bet the ranch, BB knows it too Chuck.
      Gotta assign a spy on Cam who can handle his size.
      Not a likely spot for a CB.
      Need this game in big way.

    • unca_chuck says:

      I’m more concerned about the division games, but we need all the wins we can get. The Pats defense is pretty soft vs the run so we should look to make some hay there, even with Mostert out.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    We are thin at LB, but I think we could get away with Al-Shaair shadowing him. All they have to do is stop it a few times, and it won’t be a big option.

    A small plus is this is a 4:25 local start. Forecast is 54 degrees and 6 MPH winds.

    • NJ49er says:

      Looking for more touches from Hasty.
      Kid is a bit Gore-like IMO. Seems to always fall forward.

      Also a bit of a bummer for Jimmy too, to get back to Gillette without TB12 and, cardboard fans.
      2020… Kick me in the nutz and throw me overboard already.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    RIP Spencer Davis. Damn.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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