Brian Hoyer offers hope, but Jared Goff reminds what 49ers still need

Unfortunately, Gould's missed PAT loomed large.

"We had a couple shots early and the protection didn't hold up", Shanahan gruffly responded when informed Hoyer hadn't even attempted a pass longer than 20 yards in the Seattle game. The game against the Rams was the team's best offensive showing yet, but a letdown on defense and miscues doomed the 49ers. The Los Angeles Rams eked out a win over the 49ers in the highest-scoring Thursday night game in National Football League history, clinging to a 41-39 victory. We can continue to focus on Todd Gurley. Of course not. Am I suggesting they could even finish with a winning record? "I was proud of the guys in the locker room". Hoyer took some hellacious hits, but recovered from those (and his first pass) to deliver a gutty 332-yard performance. He just made a decision to sit on it so you chalk it up the guy making a good play. My thought process is I just don't see the home side scoring much, so all LA have to do is get in the end zone twice to go along with a field goal or two and that should be more than enough. You can get worked up about Hoyer if you want; hey, it's your blood pressure.

Somehow, some way, the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers put on the greatest game of football ever played, and it came on Thursday Night Football with Color Rush uniforms filling the field. He torched the 49ers defense for 113 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.

After a deep 50-yard completion to Marquis Goodwin just before the end of the quarter, Brian Hoyer found tight-end Garrett Celek in the endzone for the touchdown.

Pharoh Cooper then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up the 49ers for another score. There was a key offsides penalty that helped keep a drive going that would eventually lead to San Francisco's first points of the night.

Still, Shanahan said he was proud that his team took several early punches but never went down.

"Anytime you come back here with our family history and what my grandfather was able to accomplish being a part of five world championships, it's really humbling and flattering", McVay said. Gurley considers Bell and Johnson as some of the best running backs.

They were no doubt tired from a 79-snap Sunday, but still: The Rams took a time machine and resembled the Greatest Show on Turf. "Obviously, I wish I didn't do that, or we'd probably be playing in overtime right now". Goff has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 530 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

An incomplete pass and a sack by Aaron Donald on fourth down ended the comeback attempt. This year, McVay has made Gurley a centerpiece of the Rams offense, utilizing his skills as both a runner and a pass-catcher, which has been good for both Gurley and Goff. Hurricane Irma forced the postponement of the Miami-Dolphins-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 1 game, which now will be played in Week 11. "We've got confidence in all six of those receivers, so we've got to get them involved, whether it's rotating them every couple of plays or whatever".

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