SANTA CLARA — Not the same old Rams.
These Rams play differently than the bunch the 49ers pounded 20-7 back in October. That bunch had lost three games in a row and seemed lifeless. This bunch has won three of their past five games and seem reinvigorated, although they lost last week to the Dallas Cowboys by 23 points.
“Over this last month, they’ve been playing as good of football as anyone in the league,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said about the Rams. “The Sunday game got a little out of hand, but they had a top-10 offense and a top-10 defense before that.”
The Rams’ roster looks decidedly different than it did just two months ago, because they’ve both added and lost quality players since then. The Rams will present a brand-new challenge to the 49ers.
Here are the five new faces the Niners must watch out for in Saturday night’s game.