Huh. Didn’t see this one coming for a mile. The Niners came out inspired and hitting as the defense caused 4 turnovers and the offense did just enough to overcome their own mistakes (3 turnovers) to beat a Rams team that has recently beaten both the Bucs and the Seahawks.
Rookie DE Javon Kinlaw got his first pick and his first TD. Jimmy Ward caused 2 fumbles, and Richard Sherman started the fun with an early pick. Even with all the turnovers, the Niner offense sputtered and stalled after their 1st quarter TD on a nice long run by the firestarter Deebo Samuel, and a 7 yard TD run by Raheem Mostert. Needless to say, having Mostert and Deebo back played a huge part in this game. Deebo had 11 catches for 133, including a huge 24 yard catch on the final scoring drive.
Nick Mullens, for all his shittiness, actually outplayed Jared Goff. 24-35-252, 1 pick to 19-31, 198, 2 picks. Our pressure affected Goff on the 2nd pick that Kinlaw returned to the house, and the D shut down the Rams for about 80% of the game. The pressure on Mullens by Aaron Donald nearly won the game for LA. He was in on nearly every passing play, tipped a pass that was picked off, caused the fumble on Mostert that resulted in a Rams TD, and got a sack to boot.
Jimmie Ward, he of the safeties recently called out by me for not creating turnovers, caused 2 fumbles and was all over the field. Richard Sherman played a solid game and got the early pick on an airmailed Goff pass. The D line stuffed the run for most of the game, and stood firm to get the ball back from the Rams after giving up the lead late. Holding the Rams offense to 1 TD is no mean feat.
The most curious thing to me was, after the Rams had run the ball down our throats late in the 4th quarter to take the lead, their next drive they went away from the run. We forced the punt, and got the ball back to kick the game winner.