The Rams went big yesterday in protection to keep the 49ers' pass rush at bay and lean on the running attack. While that certainly worked to a degree, the lack of passing offense left the Rams unable to convert long 3rd downs, especially on a day which Austin Davis had perhaps his worst showing of 2014. So the high work rates of Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey meant someone was going to be on the outs from the WR group. That ended up being Chris Givens.
While the running back by committee persisted, it was the closest we've come to seeing the Rams ride a single ball carrier for the game in Tre Mason. More to come on the RB front today.
With Rodney McLeod able to go, new Ram Mark Barron wasn't needed badly to stymie the 49ers. Once the Rams' four-man fronts were able to get consistent pressure on Colin Kaepernick, the secondary was able to keep close tabs on the Niners' receiving options resulting in a really strong day for the secondary. The Rams were able to hold Frank Gore in check leaving more opportunities for nickel shells as Jo-Lonn Dunbar only played half the snaps.
Specials had a solid day yesterday as Benny Cunningham continued to provide plus starting field position. GZ got back on his mule with what proved to be the game-winning FG (thanks to a muffed Andy Lee punt), and Tavon Austin had his breakaway moment of the season called back on one of the hundred confusing referee issues of the day. Mid-season additions Will Herring and Marshall McFadden continue to contribute in large degree, and Barron was at least able to make his first contributions as a Ram.
To buy tickets, visit the NFL Ticket Exchange.