49ers – Rams Monday Night Football Live Blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers week 4 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. I will provide updates and analysis from the press box throughout the game.

3:30 Championships aren’t won in week four, but they can be lost. A win tonight puts San Francisco atop the NFC West. A loss drops them into last place, two and a half games behind Los Angeles.

3:50 The 49ers have promoted WR Willie Snead IV to the active roster and placed LB Azeez Al-Shaair on IR. They have also activated RB Tevin Coleman and WR Malik Turner for tonight’s game.

3:57 Arik Armstead and Ross Dwelley have been dealing with injuries, but both will be active tonight. 

49ers Inactives: Javon Kinlaw, Danny Gray, Tarvarius Moore, Trent Williams, Ty Davis-Price, Tyler Kroft, Nick Zackelj

4:53 Deommodore Lenoir will be starting at Nickel tonight. He will have his hands full with Cooper Kupp.

5:13 49ers win the toss and defer. They will start on defense.

5:19 Stafford is getting the ball out quick, negating the 49ers pass rush advantage.

5:22 Tyler Higbee is a problem for the 49ers. He’s the chain mover.

5:24 Samson Ebukam explodes off the right side to sack Matthew Stafford and end the Rams drive. Matt Gay hits the 39-yard field goal to give the Rams a 3-0 lead.

The Rams took over eight minutes off the clock on that possession.

5:31 Can see the sweep coming with that motion from a mile away. Wilson loses two.

5:33 Good job by Garoppolo on that third down conversion. Wanted to go to Deebo Samuel but he was covered so Garoppolo resets and hits Jennings for a gain of 12. 

5:36 And there’s the changeup. Motion with toss, but instead of a sweep it’s designed to go up inside. Jeff Wilson hits it for a 32-yard touchdown. 49ers 7 Rams 3

5:42 There’s that dominant 49er defense. Pressure from Fred Warner forces Stafford to check down too soon for an incompletion on second down. On third and eight, Nick Bosa blows through the Rams line a takes Stafford down for the sack. 

49ers will take over at their 26.

5:46 Nice job by Garoppolo to hit Samuel in the second window off play action on first down for a gain of 15. 

5:47 First quarter comes to a close, 49ers 7 Rams 3

5:50 Daniel Brunskill has replaced Spencer Burford at right guard.

5:52 Jauan Jennings drops the Jimmy Garoppolo pass on third down and Kyle Shanahan chooses to punt it away. Ball goes into the endzone. Rams will take over at their own 20. 

The 49ers have run 14 offensive plays. Their personnel groupings: 11 (5), 21 (5), 12 (4, Wilson touchdown).

5:57 Great coverage by the 49ers as they force a pair of Stafford incompletions on another three and out. This group is so good.

6:02 Jimmy Garoppolo with a pair of misses. Had Charlie Woerner deep down the left sideline and the pass was off the mark. On third and ten he had Jauan Jennings for a first down, but the pass was too high.

6:09 Rams move the ball 56 yards on seven plays to the 49ers nine. Then Emmanuel Moseley drops Cooper Kupp for a loss of two on a screen pass, then Stafford throws a pair of incompletions. Los Angeles has to settle for their second field goal. 49ers 7 Rams 6

6:17 Deebo Samuel does something wild against the Rams every time he faces them. 

Garoppolo throws to Samuel who takes it away from a Ram defender and weaves his way through the defense for a 57-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 14-6 lead. 

6:19 Kyle Shanahan has found something he likes. He’s used 12 personnel on the last seven first down plays. 

6:26 Charles Omenihu with a sack, and Deommodore Lenoir follows that up another sack.

A fan runs on the field and Bobby Wagner lays him out with a great hit along the sideline!

6:30 49ers go into halftime with a 14-6 lead. 

6:49 Jimmy Garoppolo with a nice 20-yard completion over the middle to George Kittle, but he missed a big play opportunity a few plays later on third down. Kyle Juszczyk broke free down the left seam and Garoppolo didn’t see it, checking down to Deebo Samuel for a gain of only one instead. The miss leads to a punt.

6:55 Rams open the second half with a drive that is very similar to how they started the game. Stafford working underneath to Higbee and Kupp.

7:02 Rams drive 75 yards on 14 plays but are forced to settle for a field goal.  49ers 14 Rams 9

Tashaun Gipson had the ball in his hands on third down but could not hold on for the interception. 

7:04 It was just announced that Colton McKivitz has a knee injury and will miss the remainder of the game. If Jaylon Moore has to play left tackle, it’s bad news for the 49ers.

7:11 Kyle Juszczyk wasn’t covered and Garoppolo hit him for a gain of 38. Juszczyk also picks up nine on a counter run. The quarter comes to a close with the 49ers on the Rams two facing third and goal.

7:15 On third down, Garoppolo finds George Kittle along the back of the endzone, but the tight end is unable to get both feet in bounds. Would have been a terrific catch. 

Robbie Gould connects from 25-yards out to put the 49ers back in front by 8.

49ers 17 Rams 9

7:21 Big possession here for the 49ers defense. Kevin Givens drops Henderson for a loss of two on first down. 

7:22 Matthew Stafford throws high to Cooper Kupp along the right sideline to force another three and out.

Ray-Ray McCloud returns the punt 22 yards, and the 49ers offense is set up and the 45.

7:31 The 49ers offense moves the ball down to the Rams 25 before the drive stalls. Robbie Gould comes on and misses a 42-yard field goal to keep this a one score game.

Arik Armstead has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a foot injury. He missed last week and the first two days of practice this week due to this. 

7:37 It was only a matter of time before Matthew Stafford was going to give the 49ers defense a chance. 

Talanoa Hufanga doesn’t miss it, taking the interception 52 yards for a touchdown to put the 49ers up 24-9. 

7:50 Two-minute warning. 49ers lead 24-9. They will move into first place in the NFC West. Headed down to the locker room. Will be back later with the game wrap. 

Stay tuned.

This article has 50 Comments

  1. Nice to see Steve Young and Alex Smith on the middle of the field doing espn coverage.
    All good, as long as they are not interrupting the players warm-up time.
    But I will say, that Steve and Alex standing near the 49ers logo just looks right, imho.

    1. Man, I was gonna say the same thing. Steve and Alex representing.
      I always love how Alex talk and think and this settings fits him well.

  2. That pass should have been to Dwelley or even,,,,,, Kettle. Why the hell was that to Woerner?

    Ugly 3 and out.

    1. allie, response to your 6:12 comment.
      Well, Jimmy G is 32-14 as a 49ers QB.
      Question: Can you tell me what Purdy’s record is as a 49ers QB?
      Ha! I know it’s a rhetorical question, so I’ll answer this myself – NOTHING!

  3. It’s a good thing the refs aren’t calling a really tight game tonight. Not that my comment takes anything away from the great effort by this defense.

    1. 49erswebzone…
      “Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo earned his highest grade of the season, leading all offensive players in the game. His 87.5 overall grade was his highest mark since a 90.2 grade during Week 2 of the 2020 season. Garoppolo finished the game completing 16 of his 27 pass attempts for 239 yards, a touchdown, and a passer rating of 100.7, his highest rating since Week 15 last season (123.7).”

      allie, instead of throwing shade on Jimmy G for almost throwing an interception, why not try accepting the fact that his pass was completed to Deebo for a 57 yrd TD.
      PPF stats on Garoppolo were very good. If you can’t accept that, then evidently JG isn’t the problem.

      Almost every football pundit and analysts agree that Jimmy’ poor game last week had much to do with the 49ers keeping him away from team activities in TC.
      Interest that outsiders have a better perception of Jimmy than some 49ers fans.

  4. Can someone explain why NFL holding rules don’t apply to whomever is blocking Nick Bosa. Multiple times tonight he has been flat out tackled by Rams O lineman. Very frustrating.

    1. Gojira,
      Hufanga is actually Tongan, but Polynesian none the less.
      What we do have is an ascending young star that is putting up All-Pro stats. Our defense is built for a Championship run. And yes, with Jimmy G as the QB!

    1. Ricardo,
      Ha! Hufanga said something to the effect, that he was a little concerned that Stafford might catch him on his pick6.
      I’m glad that didn’t happen, and I’m pretty sure that Fangs is happy as well. He never would have heard the end of it from his teammates 😂

  5. Jimmy G. is the same disappointment he always is though. Love our HUF. Smart, humble, fast, high IQ. What a find in the draft!

    1. allie,
      Jimmy had his moments. He can be a Jeckell and Hyde QB in the same game, no doubt. But he did enough to win tonight.
      Wins are the most important part of the game for me, no matter how they’re won.

  6. Damn, that was huge. The Rams always come through when we need a big win.
    Defense was dominant and will only get better when Ward returns. Hufanga is a superstar. Lenoir had a good game. Niners + 6 in the sack differential. Hats off to the O line as well.
    Givens is a more than adequate replacement for Kinlaw – offsides notwithstanding.
    Kudos to Jimmy. No picks. He bounced back and was efficient. Yeah, he missed some open receivers but also made a few plays when it mattered.
    I wish Kyle would work some of the younger guys into the mix – Mason, Price etc.
    Carolina and Atlanta here we come.

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