The Rams lost 35-11 on Thursday night football and will fall to 1-3 after losing their third straight game. They once again did not play their best football as the offense and defense both played inconsistent. The Rams will now have 10 days to soak in a second sub-par effort to prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The scoreboard may show otherwise, but the Rams actually started this game strong. After Bradford missed Pettis open on a post route that would have been a for sure touchdown. Zuerlein kicked the field goal to give the Rams the early 3-0 lead. The defense started strong stopping the 49ers early, but that would all change after the first quarter.
The Rams allowed the first touchdown on a 49er 3rd and 19 from the Rams 20 yard line on a Kaepernick pass to Anquan Boldin. Finnegan’s struggles continued as he misjudged a throw and allowed Boldin to get behind him, thenon top of that missed the tackle that would have forced the ‘9ers to kick the field goal. The Rams would then drive the ball down to the 34 yard line where Bradford threw an interception intended for Cook in the end zone. The 49ers turned the turnover into 7 points on 4th and inches from the Rams 34 yard line on a Frank Gore run. That was really the big turning point in the game and it would all go downhill from there.
The Rams struggles in the run game continued not only on offense, but on defense as well. The loss of Steven Jackson couldnt have been any more obvious as Richardson finished with 12 carries for only 16 yards which in today’s NFL just wont cut it. The 49ers had one of the league’s worst run defenses coming in and the Rams only managed 16 yards against it. Rams also continued to struggle stopping the run allowing Gore to run for 107 yards on 10 carries in the first half. Gore finished with 20 for 153.
The second half was all San Francisco. Alec Ogletree forced a fumble in the second half which was recovered by Rodney McLeod, but unfortunately the Rams offense could do nothing with it. The Rams struggled to move the ball for the majority of the game due to the fact that they were forced to be one dimensional yet again and found themselves in a big hole.
The Rams finally scored a touchdown down 28-3 on a Bradford pass to Kendricks. Cunningham ran in the two-point conversion to make it 28-11. The 49ers increased the lead to 35-11 on a Kendall Hunter touchdown run.
Sam Bradford was 19/41 for 202 and 1 touchdown and 1 interception on the day. Pettis lead the receivers with 5 catches for 59 yards, and Givens had 4 catches for 49 yards. On defense Laurinaitis lead the team in tackles with 9 and Ogletree had 7. Quinn also had one sack
Kaepernick finished 15/23 for 167 and two touchdowns. Boldin lead the receivers with 5 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Terrell Brown lead the 49ers in tackles with 6 and Bowman was right behind with 5. Bowman also had 2 sacks.
As if losing was not enough, the Rams had some injuries to deal with as well. T.J. McDonald left the game with what is said to be a leg fracture.
The Rams have some major issues that need to be solved before this team can make that jump that many expected to make this season. Luckily for the Rams they get 10 days off to fix it some of their mistakes before they host the Jacksonville Jaguars which will hopefully help put the Rams back in the winning column.
Days like today make it tough to be a fan, as the product on the field isnt all that great. But a true fan sticks with his team through the good and the bad no matter how difficult it may be. It’s times like these when we have to get behind out team and believe they can still win. This team is young and the future is bright. The Rams still have 12 games left and you can bet they will play their heart out and try to finish the season strong.