Los Angeles Rams defeat the San Francisco 49ers in a thrilling affair

Bonus stat: He's the first Rams player with two rushing touchdowns and touchdown reception in a half since Marshall Faulk in 2001.

The Rams were able to hold off the 49ers 41-39, but there were several great plays made throughout the game by both teams. For a player of his caliber, this was just too low, but the Rams management had a clear strategy, and they were confident that they made a right choice. "We were just going out there and making plays, just doing our assignment and the ball was finding us". It started as you might expect it to; with an interception of Brian Hoyer that nearly went for six.

The Rams have plenty of work to do on defense between now and the October 1 game against Dallas. Hyde added a second 1-yard run on fourth down in the fourth quarter. This average is up from last year's abysmal 13 points a game. An Aaron Donald sack of 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer with 1:44 remaining sealed the victory. Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly did not have a lot of success in San Francisco mainly because they failed to inspire a winning attitude. Carolina recovered, and Hoyer's performance did not.

That wasn't the case against the Rams.

Goff looks like a quarterback who will drop back without fear of getting lit up. He connected on 7-of-9 deep passing attempts.

The Rams are now 2-1, and they lead the NFC West. And it should be very interesting to see exactly what the Rams decide need to be tweaked, fixed, or outright changed as they head into the meat and potatoes part of their schedule. He put up 142 yards and looked good doing it. And maybe Hoyer will continue to be good for a crushing interception per game.

All along, Shanahan has been one of Hoyer's most ardent supporters.

INJURIES: Rams S Lamarcus Joyner left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury.

The run game was essentially missing in action against the Panthers. Hyde is fourth in the league in rushing with 169 yards. Watkins in particular also caught two touchdowns.

The Rams didn't run wild on the ground against the S.F. defense, although they did clear the 100-yard mark.

What's the Niners' offensive outlook?

While in college, Beathard started on one game his first two seasons until being named the starter in 2015 and leading the Hawkeyes to a 12-0 regular-season record. He threw an interception on the first play of the game that set the Rams up at San Francisco's 3-yard line. Last season, they ditched the red socks for black ones and called them Color Rush uniforms, which the team wore during a 33-21 loss to the visiting Arizona Cardinals on October 6. But despite the loss, they showed enough in that second half for fans to be optimistic. That was the longest it took a team to score its first TD since 2006 when both Tampa Bay (143:03) and Oakland (127:10) took more time. That is bad in of itself, but there are more problems to go along with it.

Their next two games are against the Cardinals and the Colts. We started showcasing that at the end of the game. He was unanimously named to the Big-10 All-Conference team.

The 49ers, down by two points, were nearing field-goal range on the first play after the two-minute warning.

  • Julie Sanders