Thursday Night Football: Rams @ 49ers 9.21.17

With the future in the hands of the Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley, the Rams are steaming full speed ahead, but are they the real deal?

With new head coach Sean McVay at the helm, the 2017 Rams look like a new team. While Goff and Gurley look to lead on the offensive end, star defensive tackle Aaron Donald continues his success leading a Rams defense now coached by Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.

The San Francisco 49ers are off to a rough start to 2017 season as they’ve yet to score a touchdown. The 49ers are led by rising star running back Carlos Hyde, quarterback Brian Hoyer, and newly acquired veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon.

The 49ers started the game off rocky as Hoyer threw a first-quarter interception that was almost taken to the house by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman. The Rams defense set the tone as All-Pro linebacker Alec Ogletree appeared to be involved in every play. After the turnover, the Rams handed-off to Gurley to open the game with a 3-yard TD run.

Later in the first quarter, Hoyer made up for his early interception with a scramble into the end zone giving the 49ers their first score. Just as the 49ers evened the score, on the assuming possession for the Rams, Goff hits Gurley on a wheel route for his 2nd TD of the quarter. Despite a quick start, Goff showed signs that he’s still learning and trying to clean up some bad habits.

The 49ers showed signs of hope with the running ability of Hyde and Garçon making plays on the outside, giving the 49ers some positive momentum. But after a turnover on downs, the Rams next drive was capped off by a fantastic run by Gurley giving him his 3rd touchdown of the game. The 3rd quarter was highlighted by Goff leading the Rams uptempo style offense as he looked more comfortable in the pocket, and Gurley continued to own the line of scrimmage. Wide receivers Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp are also proving to be valuable weapons for LA Rams.

Despite the dominating play of the Rams, the 49ers fought to pull within a score late in the 3rd with a hard nose touchdown run by Hyde. Headed into the 4th quarter, the Rams looked like no fluke but the 49ers definitely fought hard to keep the game close. Hoyer and Garçon continued to deliver late into the 4th quarter and were able to pull within a score.  Unfortunately, the 49ers came up short and the Rams went on to win 41-39.