49ers vs. Rams Review: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly



Physical. Tough. Disciplined. Those are three words on how I would describe the San Francisco 49ers season-opening win against the Los Angeles Rams. An NFC West showdown that witnessed the 49ers thrashing the Rams on both sides of the ball, it was HC Chip Kelly and his squad who came out on top in a lopsided 28-0 victory.

However, there is always room for improvement, as there were some good, some bad and some ugly plays being made.

Below are my top three takeaways from each category, as I breakdown, 3 good, 3 bad, and 3 downright ugly things from yesterday’s Ram’s game.

The Good

  • Offensive Line

I’m a firm believer in everything starts up front and game’s are won and lost down in the trenches. That ideology held true last night. The 49ers offensive line did an exceptional job of not only winning their battles down in the trenches but giving 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert a clean pocket to work with allowing no sacks.

A balanced attack both on the ground and through the air, a once weakness on the team has clearly turned into a strength. Kudos to C Daniel Kilgore for making the proper reads pre-snap, LG Zane Beadles and RG Andrew Tiller for paving running lanes for RB Carlos Hyde and LT Joe Staley and RT Trent Brown for anchoring the edges.

  • Defense

Anytime a defense posts a shutout they directly go down in my “Good” column. Defense wins championships. Simple as that. All three levels played extremely well and as a collective unit. From DE Quinton Dial’s tip pass forcing an INT to the 49ers secondary allowing zero touchdowns through the air, the 49ers defense did their part as DC Jim O’Neil’s scheme worked to perfection.

  • RB Carlos Hyde

The bruising north-south runner continues to shine on Monday Night Football with another stellar performance. From evading tacklers between the tackles to bouncing outside, Hyde proved once again why he has the potential to be a top 5 running back in the NFL, as he finished with 23 carries for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Bad

  • QB Blaine Gabbert missing wide-open Kerley

Despite throwing no picks in yesterday’s 28-0 win, Gabbert did miss a wide open WR Jeremy Kerley on a post-route in the first-quarter. A play that would’ve gone the distance had Gabbert thrown the ball lower, it was a missed opportunity, and one that can’t happen moving forward.


  • QB Blaine Gabbert miss-firing on 4th and 1

While Gabbert is working through accuracy it’s unacceptable for him to miss wide open standing targets. As was the case in the top of the second-quarter on a crucial 4th and 1 play. Gabbert had a wide open WR Torrey Smith on a simple screen but miss-fired low.

  • LG Zane Beadles struggles against Rams DT Aaron Donald

In fairness to Beadles he was going up against All-Pro DT Aaron Donald but that’s no excuse to be beaten on back-to-back plays. Donald gained inside leverage on a simple rip move to the quarterback, while then playing with sound leverage on a stack-and-shed the very next play- making the tackle. Beadles had a rough game all-around dealing with Donald’s presence and it showed up on film.



The Ugly

  • WR Torrey Smith

Despite being targeted six times, Smith was a non-factor throughout the game finishing with two catches for 13 yards.

  • WR Aaron Burbridge takes poor angle on Tavon Austin on 4th and 20 @ SF 15

The rookie made a ‘rookie mistake’ early in the third-quarter by taking a poor tackling angle on WR Tavon Austin. After making a nice tackle on the previous punt, Burbridge whiffed badly allowing Austin to cut across the grain for an 8-yard return before SS Jaquiski Tartt saved the day.

  • RB Shaun Draughn fumbles in 2nd quarter on 1st and 10 @ 50 yard-line

The 49ers were driving but ultimately shot themselves in the foot when Draughn fumbled the ball at the Rams 39-yard line.

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of NinerFans.com, 49ers Beat Writer, Live Game Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report and member of Pro Football Writers of America. Born and raised in San Jose, he also graduated from San Diego State University. His work has been featured on NFL Network, 95.7 The Game, National Football Post, Sports Illustrated, FanSided Network, ESPN Radio, CBS Sports 810, and NBC Bay Area News. For more information, please contact him via email at BEASTwriterNFL@gmail.com or call him at (408) 622-0996.