In what many predicted to be a defensive struggle between the San Francisco 49ers (4-4) and St. Louis Rams (3-5), it was as the Rams that ultimately prevailed 13-10. An ugly game for the 49ers to say the least as both the offense and defense struggled to get anything positive going throughout most of the game, it was the defense that kept them in it. From 49ers SS Antoine Bethea’s leaping interception to CB Perrish Cox getting his interception shortly thereafter in the second-quarter, the defense did their part early on as they forced two first-half turnovers. However, it was the 49ers shaky offensive line that was downright awful.
Through the first three-quarters, the 49ers offensive line gave up an astonishing eight sacks. Not good if you ask me. And with little offense to speak of, it was 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick who quietly did his part as he completed 122 of 33 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown. A stat line that would have been much improved had his controversial fumble turned into a touchdown, that was not the case and as a result, the 49ers lost.
But what exactly went wrong? Let’s start with the 49ers offensive line as 49ers T Joe Staley said after the game, “We played like (expletive).” That pretty much sums it up. “We got all the talent in the world. We were doing some dumb stuff and they took advantage of it. Dumb blocks, dumb techniques, dumb schemes,” Staley said. And I couldn’t have agreed more.
And while the defense kept the 49ers in the game as they held Rams RB Tre Mason to under 70 rushing yards as I predicted as he finished with 65, Gore was very emotional about the loss. “Defense gave us the opportunity. Offense didn’t make plays when we had to,” Gore said.
In all, a tough loss but one the 49ers will need to bounce back from as they have two tough road games ahead starting with the New Orleans Saints next week.
WR Anquan Boldin recorded his 900th career NFL reception becoming only the 17th player in NFL history to do so.
Predicted that WR Kenny Britt would score a TD and he did right before halftime.
Predicted RB Tre Mason to be held under 70 rushing yards, he finished with 65.
Predicted ILB Chris Borland to record double digit tackles, he finished with career-high 18.