This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 10 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. I will provide updates and analysis throughout the game.
49ers win 31-10. Who didn’t see this one coming? I’ll be back with my game wrap shortly.
7:55 The 49ers defense comes up big once again in the red zone as Nick Bosa sacks Stafford on 3rd down to force a field goal attempt from Los Angeles. With only 3:48 left to play it’s 49ers 31 Rams 10
7:42 This has been a spirited effort by the 49ers defense. Los Angeles drives deep into the red zone, but they are turned away as Stafford misses high with a throw on 4th and goal.
7:25 Jimmy Garoppolo throws a dart over the middle to Deebo Samuel on 4th and 6 and Samuel takes it to the house for a 40-yard touchdown play. Where has this team been all year?!?!?! 49ers 31 Rams 7
7:17 Another three and out by the 49ers defense. Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead did a terrific job of pressuring Stafford on 2nd and 4 to force a dump off to the running back that resulted in a loss of 3-yards. This has been an inspired performance by the defense.
Now the offense needs to do their part.
7:13 After not taking the shot Garoppolo misses Kittle on 3rd and 6 with a high throw over the middle and the 49ers need to punt. The quarterback needs to take the shot when you have your best wide receiver one-on-one like that with a safety.
7:09 Garoppolo throws incomplete to Jennings. That was a shot play they tried to run against Indianapolis, Garoppolo had Brandon Aiyuk deep one-on-one with the safety.
7:02 Back-to-back three and outs by the 49ers defense to start the second half. Who could have seen this coming after the way they played the last two weeks?
6:56 A promising 49ers drive grinds to a halt, but Robbie Gould hits the 50-yard field goal to put the 49ers up 24-7.
An early snap by Alex Mack on first down resulted in a 6-loss by Jeff Wilson Jr on first down, then an illegal shift made it 2nd and 21. 49ers were fortunate to get a few yards back to set up the field goal attempt.
Garoppolo threw his first incompletion of the game on a 3rd down screen pass to George Kittle. It was actually a good decision by Garoppolo to throw it in the dirt.
6:46 The 49ers defense forces a three and out on the Rams first possession of the half. Terrific tackle by Azeez Al-Shaair on second down to hold the running back to only 3-yards, and then Talanoa Hufanga breaks up a Stafford pass intended for Darrell Henderson. Hufanga is at his best when the play is in front of him and he can attack downhill.
6:40 49ers open the second half with their first offensive possession that doesn’t result in a touchdown. After a 17-yard gain to open the possession, a toss to the left on second down loses two yards and Jimmy Garoppolo gets sacked on 3rd and 8.
The 49ers usually run the ball the best when they run to their left, but tonight the Rams have done a good job of slowing that down and most of the big runs have been around the right side. Kyle Shanahan has called a lot of toss sweeps tonight.
6:19 The Rams drive it inside the 49ers redzone and try a fake field goal, but the 49ers shut it down for only a gain of 2. The 49ers are flying around the field in the first half. 49ers 21 Rams 7
6:05 Another terrific drive by the 49ers offense. They go 90+ yards for the second possession in a row, this one is 91-yards on 11 plays and it ends with an 8-yard touchdown run from Deebo Samuel.
Daniel Brunskill is doing a terrific job against Aaron Donald, and Kyle Shanahan has gotten back to his identity so far. The 49ers have 21 rushing attempts in their first two series of the game.
5:53 49ers right tackle Jaylon Moore is questionable to return to the game with a knee injury. Also, Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr is questionable to return, he’s being evaluated for a concussion.
5:51 49ers defense breaks on the Rams third drive. Big plays to Cooper Kupp, and Odell Beckham Jr set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Tyler Higbee beating the coverage of Fred Warner. The lack of pass rush cost them on that possession.
5:42 Matthew Stafford has looked very shaky to open this game up despite the 49ers not generating much of a pass rush on him.
5:40 Jimmie Ward intercepts Matthew Stafford and takes it 27-yards for a touchdown. 49ers 14 Rams 0
5:33 49ers open the game with their best drive of the year so far, going 93-yards on 18 plays with Garoppolo finding George Kittle in the end zone with an eight yard touchdown throw.
The 49ers kept going with the toss sweep to both sides and had a few timely throws from Garoppolo to extend the drive. Great start for the 49ers offensive line.
5:30 49ers driving the ball. Daniel Brunskill with a nice job on Aaron Donald on 3rd and 4 to give Garoppolo time to find George Kittle over the middle for a first down.
5:19 Matthew Stafford with a Jarod Goff-esque throw deep down the middle that is intercepted by Jimmie Ward. There wasn’t a Rams player anywhere to be found on that one.
5:13 49ers win the toss and defer. Rams will get the ball to start going right to left on your television screens.
5:11 The vibe in the building tonight is different than any time this season. There’s still something about Monday Night.
4:58 DL Charles Onemihu, acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans on November 2 is active for the first time tonight. The 49ers are looking for a spark with their pass rush.
4:54 Rookie Jaylon Moore will be making his first start at right tackle tonight in place of Mike McGlinchey. Switching sides is never easy, and the Rams pass rushers will provide a big test.
4:07 The loss of Robert Woods could be a big blog to the Rams offense. Woods is a solid run blocker which has allowed Sean McVay to transition to using 11 personnel, 1 running back and 1 tight end, more than in the past. It will be interesting to see how the Rams adjust to account for this loss in their offense.
3:57 Inactive for the Rams tonight: WR Robert Woods, QB Bryce Perkins, CB Dont’e Deayon, OLB Chris Garrett, OL Alaric Jackson, OL Tremayne Anchrum Jr, TE Brycen Hopkins
3:48 Inactive for the 49ers tonight: WR Dre Kirkpatrick, RB JaMycal Hasty, OL Colton McKivitz, DL Maurice Hurst
3:15 The 49ers have elevated safety Tony Jefferson II from their practice squad for tonight’s game. The team also officially placed WR Mohamed Sanu and S Tavon Wilson on the Injured Reserve list.