Yet, this San Francisco team had the Chargers and Green Bay down in the fourth quarter, and has a shrewd offensive schemer in coach Kyle Shanahan. You keep drilling those same things and you expect it to get better the more you work at it.
Backup receiver Kendrick Bourne played 26 snaps and did not catch a pass. Slot receiver Trent Taylor had one reception on three targets for 6 yards.
Goff also threw a 19-yard TD pass to Brandin Cooks in the second quarter.
Johnson's takeaway eventually resulted in another touchdown for Gurley, and a 32-7 Rams lead. "The secondary did a great job, made them hold the ball a little longer, gave us opportunities to get after them, and get them to the ground". The ball popped right to Trevon Young.
"[We've got to] just keep attacking the ball, keep having that focus during the week which is trying to create fumbles, trying to get interceptions, not being satisfied with pass breakups and I think it will come", Witherspoon said.
After a gut-wrenching loss to the Green Bay Packers in which the 49ers failed to take advantage of their most complete performance, here we look at the three takeaways from a display in which the team collapsed in nearly every area. The Rams converted the turnover into a field goal for a quick 3-0 lead.
Matt Breida started and aggravated a left ankle injury on his first carry of the game. You don't stop. You don't wait for it. "If it doesn't, you've got to find people who do take care of it".
Later in the first quarter, linebacker Cory Littleton sacked Beathard on third down and on the 49ers ensuing series, Donald made his presence - and his physical strength - known.
"It's not a huge overhaul of things that need to be corrected", right tackle Mike McGlinchey said. He threw center Weston Richburg back into Beathard on one of his sacks and beat McGlinchey for another. "He's in a class of his own".
That was perhaps Donald's best play on a day full of great ones as he had four sacks, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, the forced fumble and fumble recovery. At the end of the day, he's still an National Football League player and our job is to block him.
"I don't think there's anybody that's every been like him in the NFL".
"The defense's overall energy, the sense of urgency that they had today was really special", coach Sean McVay said. "We'll go back, we'll watch film, see what we can do better next time we play him". This year's 49ers commit turnovers like nobody does and lose games like nobody does.
"I've already flushed (the Rams loss) and I'm ready for Arizona", Kittle said.