Boy I tell ya, these Rams-49ers games are not good for my blood pressure or my liver. I was close to cardiac arrest about 10 times in the first half alone. So during the second half, I turned to my good friend, Ketel One.
Let's just say I'm glad I watch the games at home.
The offense wasn't pretty whatsoever, and all props goes to the defense for scoring the team's lone touchdown. I am, however, extremely glad the Rams pulled away with the 16-13 OT victory. Glad Greg Zuerlein was able to hammer those last two field goals.
There were still a few positives to come away with from this game. Here's the five player recap:
Man, words cannot describe how valuable Jackson is to the Rams. Week in, week out, this man gives it his all. The '9er defense did quite a job of stopping him on the ground – Jackson only gained 48 yards on 21 carries – but Steven was a force to be reckoned with his catches and runs. SJ had 5 receptions for 69 yards, the longest going for 22 yards. In total, Steven had 117 yards for the game.
WR Chris Givens
With Danny Amendola out, Chris Givens stepped up as the go-to guy. Even though his "signature" big play went missing today, he was the only receiver to be consistently there. In fact, his quick slants and down-to-the-turf receptions reminded me of two former Rams' receivers (do y'all know who?).
Givens had 11 catches for 92 yards in the game – the first time he's had more than five receptions in a game.
This was a quiet game for Johnson and, in a way, it was a good thing. On one play, an incomplete pass to Michael Crabtree, Tru was right there to make the tackle.
I asked him to settle down in his role and in this game, at least, he did.
Wells & Co. did a good job keeping Sam Bradford clean. Too bad Bradford wasn't able to find any open receivers to throw it to.
The area the line struggled with was opening up running lanes but credit that to San Francisco's stout running defense. The Rams only mustered 85 total rushing yards.
DE Robert Quinn
Quinn and Chris Long were fairly unheard of today, but the backups had a decent game. William Hayes and Eugene Sims both registered sacks – Hayes was credited with 1.5 sacks, Sims with 1. Both players also did well against the run with two and one tackles for a loss, respectively.