Rams defense shuts down the 49ers offense
In the second half, the Rams forced the 49ers offense to punt three times. The only 49ers possession that did not end with a punt was a fumble caused by LA Rams rookie DT Desjuan Johnson that resulted in a fumble, Rams rookie OLB Byron Young recovered the football and the Rams ran out the clock to end the game.
I'm not sure why Rams fans are so quick to anger and disappointment over the Rams defense, but you can be sure that at halftime, almost nobody had anything kind to say about the Rams who trailed the 49er by a score of 20-7.
Of course, the 49ers strategically pulled some of their starters in the second half, while the LA Rams pulled their starters for the enitre game. On defense, the Rams opted to rest DL Aaron Donald and ILB Ernest Jones. The 49ers only sat starting QB Brock Purdy and RB Christian McCaffrey for the entire game.
But by the second half, and with a 13 point lead, the 49ers gave more starters the rest of the game off to avoid injuries. That allowed the Rams defense to recover, and the Rams began to get after QB Sam Darnold. While Darnold was effective in the first half, he was neutralized by a motivated Rams defense for the second half. The 49ers offense was only able to move the chains twice in the second half. And the Rams young defense sacked Darnold three times, without Aaron Donald on the football field.
The LA Rams ended the losing streak to the San Francisco 49ers in the regular season, and are riding the wave of a four-game winning streak into the NFL Playoffs. Not impressed?
If the LA Rams win the next four games, they will hoist another Lombardi Trophy. That's pretty impressive.