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The St. Louis Rams will be hosting the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season. Hard to believe a head-to-head series that started in 1950 is a mere game away from being tied...

This Sunday, in Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season, the St. Louis Rams will host the San Francisco 49ers.  It’ll mark the 130th time these teams have squared off in regular season play, dating back to 1950.  And as hard as it may be to believe, these teams have faced off only once in the postseason [1/14/1990].  The 49ers currently hold a very slim 64-63-3 all-time series lead.

The 49ers [2-5] will head to the Edward Jones Dome having won three out of the past four against the Rams [3-3].  This will mark 49ers’ head coach Jim Tomsula’s first matchup against the Rams in his current role.  Jeff Fisher holds a 4-5-1 record all-time against the 49ers.  Yeah, that’s roughly .500.

The last time these two teams played was on November 2, 2014.  Rams’ kicker Greg Zeurlein kicked the game winner with 5:30 remaining in the game.  The Rams’ defense recorded eight sacks that game.

2015 Stats


A potentially more disturbing stat - for both sides - is that these two teams own the two worst offenses in the NFL heading into the midway point of the 2015 season...[via ESPN]


While it’s easy to see the similarities/struggles in both offenses as they pertain to these stats, one stands out for the Rams, in particular.  The Rams - who own the league’s 31st worst best offense - are rushing for 121.2 yard per game, largely in part to...you guessed it...Todd Gurley.  If this chart were to be sorted by column 6 [R YDS/G], the Rams then jump to 13th on the list.  Todd Gurley has [essentially] played in three games.  That’s an impact.

The 49ers, as aforementioned, hold a narrow series lead on the Rams all-time.  Here’s a full list of games/results, dating back to 1950 [via The Football Database]:

Date Team Opponent H/A Stadium Result Attend
11/02/2014 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, CA) W 13-10 70,799
10/13/2014 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 31-17 56,851
12/01/2013 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 23-13 69,732
09/26/2013 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 35-11 56,640
12/02/2012 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 16-13OT 57,279
11/11/2012 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) T 24-24 69,732
01/01/2012 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 34-27 55,990
12/04/2011 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 26-0 69,732
12/26/2010 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 25-17 52,820
11/14/2010 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 23-20OT 69,732
01/03/2010 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 28-6 47,965
10/04/2009 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 35-0 69,732
12/21/2008 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 17-16 54,948
11/16/2008 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 35-16 67,573
11/18/2007 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Monster Park (San Francisco, CA) W 13-9 68,039
09/16/2007 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 17-16 65,295
11/26/2006 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 20-17 65,517
09/17/2006 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Monster Park (San Francisco, CA) L 20-13 67,791
12/24/2005 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 24-20 65,473
09/11/2005 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Monster Park (San Francisco, CA) L 28-25 67,918
12/05/2004 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 16-6 65,793
10/03/2004 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Monster Park (San Francisco, CA) W 24-14 66,696
11/02/2003 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 30-10 67,812
09/14/2003 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 27-24OT 65,990
12/30/2002 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 31-20 66,118
10/06/2002 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 37-13 67,853
12/09/2001 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Dome at America's Center (St. Louis, MO) W 27-14 66,218
09/23/2001 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) W 30-26 67,536
10/29/2000 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) W 34-24 68,109
09/17/2000 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Trans World Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 41-24 65,945
11/21/1999 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) W 23-7 68,193
10/10/1999 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Trans World Dome (St. Louis, MO) W 42-20 65,872
12/27/1998 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) L 38-19 68,386
10/25/1998 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Trans World Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 28-10 58,563
10/12/1997 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) L 30-10 63,825
09/07/1997 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Trans World Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 15-12 64,630
10/06/1996 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Trans World Dome (St. Louis, MO) L 28-11 61,260
09/08/1996 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) L 34-0 63,624
11/26/1995 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers A 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) L 41-13 --
10/22/1995 St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers H Busch Memorial Stadium (St. Louis, MO) L 44-10 --
11/20/1994 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 31-27 --
09/18/1994 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 34-19 --
11/28/1993 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 35-10 --
10/31/1993 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 40-17 --
11/22/1992 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 27-10 --
10/04/1992 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 27-24 --
11/25/1991 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 33-10 --
09/22/1991 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 27-10 --
12/17/1990 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 26-10 --
11/25/1990 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 28-17 --
01/14/1990 * Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 30-3 --
12/11/1989 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 30-27 --
10/01/1989 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 13-12 --
12/18/1988 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 38-16 --
10/16/1988 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 24-21 --
12/27/1987 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 48-0 --
11/01/1987 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 31-10 --
12/19/1986 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 24-14 --
09/14/1986 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) W 16-13 --
12/09/1985 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 27-20 --
10/27/1985 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 28-14 --
12/14/1984 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 19-16 --
10/28/1984 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 33-0 --
10/23/1983 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 45-35 --
10/09/1983 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 10-7 --
01/02/1983 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 21-20 --
12/02/1982 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 30-24 --
11/22/1981 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) L 33-31 --
10/25/1981 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 20-17 --
10/19/1980 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 31-17 --
10/05/1980 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA) W 48-26 --
11/25/1979 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 26-20 --
09/16/1979 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 27-24 --
11/19/1978 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 31-28 --
10/08/1978 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 27-10 --
11/20/1977 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 23-10 --
10/02/1977 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 34-14 --
11/21/1976 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 23-3 --
10/11/1976 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 16-0 --
11/09/1975 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 24-23 --
09/28/1975 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 23-14 --
11/04/1974 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 15-13 --
10/20/1974 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 37-14 --
11/18/1973 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 31-13 --
09/30/1973 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 40-20 --
12/04/1972 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 26-16 --
10/08/1972 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 31-7 --
11/21/1971 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 17-6 --
10/10/1971 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 20-13 --
11/29/1970 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 30-13 --
10/11/1970 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 20-6 --
11/09/1969 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 41-30 --
10/12/1969 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 27-21 --
11/17/1968 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) T 20-20 --
10/06/1968 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 24-10 --
11/05/1967 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 17-7 --
10/08/1967 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 27-24 --
11/06/1966 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 21-13 --
09/30/1966 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 34-3 --
11/21/1965 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 30-27 --
10/17/1965 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 45-21 --
12/06/1964 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 28-7 --
10/18/1964 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 42-14 --
12/01/1963 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 21-17 --
10/27/1963 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 28-21 --
11/18/1962 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 24-17 --
10/28/1962 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 28-14 --
11/12/1961 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 17-7 --
10/08/1961 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 35-0 --
12/04/1960 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 23-7 --
10/02/1960 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 13-9 --
11/08/1959 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 24-16 --
10/04/1959 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 34-0 --
11/09/1958 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 56-7 --
10/05/1958 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 33-3 --
11/10/1957 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 37-24 --
10/06/1957 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 23-20 --
11/11/1956 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 30-6 --
10/07/1956 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 33-30 --
11/06/1955 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 27-14 --
09/25/1955 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 23-14 --
11/07/1954 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 42-34 --
10/03/1954 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) T 24-24 --
11/08/1953 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) L 31-27 --
10/04/1953 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 31-30 --
11/30/1952 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 34-21 --
11/23/1952 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 35-9 --
11/04/1951 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 23-16 --
10/28/1951 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) L 44-17 --
11/05/1950 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers H Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA) W 28-21 --
10/01/1950 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers A Kezar Stadium (San Francisco, CA) W 35-14 --

Now, How About Those 2015 Statistics...

St. Louis Rams

* Nick Foles has 91.8 career rating

* Rookie running back Todd Gurley has rushed for 433 yards (144.3 per game) in his first three career starts. He’s the first rookie since 2005 with 125+ rush yards in each of his first three career starts. He leads the NFL with three rushes for 45+. He scored his first and second career touchdowns last week [7] against the Cleveland Browns.

* Rams’ running back Benny Cunningham had a rushing touchdown in the Rams’ last home game against the 49ers.  Wide Receiver Kenny Britt had a touchdown in the team’s last meeting.

Tavon Austin has 14 career TDs [7 rec., 4 rush, 3 punt return). He’s one of three players in NFL with a Rec/Rush/PR touchdown in 2015.

* Jared Cook had four receptions for 74 yards [18.5 avg.] in the Rams’ last home meeting vs. the 49ers.

*  The Rams’ defense ranks 2nd in the NFC, with 23 sacks

*  Rams’ defense tackle Aaron Donald leads the team in sacks, with 4.5.  Defensive end Robert Quinn has four on the year.  Donald has 8 sacks in his last 8 home games.  Quinn had two sacks and a forced fumble against the 49ers in their last meeting.

San Francisco 49ers

* 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has won his past two starts against the Rams, throwing for five touchdowns, zero interceptions, and boasting a 120.6 passer rating in those games.

* Carlos Hyde has 15 runs of 10+ yards and 25 runs for first downs on the season.

* In his only game against St. Louis [11/15/2009], Reggie Bush had both a receiving and rushing touchdown.

* Reggie Bush is one of two active players with 5,000+ rush yards [5,493] and 450+ receptions [470].

* Anquan Boldin is aiming for his fifth game in a row against the Rams with 90+ reception yards. He’s had a touchdown in four of the past five games against St. Louis. He has six 100-yard games against the Rams in his career.

* In his only game against the Rams, Torrey Smith had five receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

*  Since entering the NFL in 2006, 49ers’ tight end Vernon Davis has 62 touchdowns [including playoffs], which is 3rd most by an NFL tight end.

* In his past two games against the Rams, linebacker Navorro Bowman has 17 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble.  He leads the team with 69 tackles in 2015.

* Linebacker Ahmad Brooks has tallied 3.5 sacks in his last two meetings against the Rams.  He had two sacks last week.

* Cornerback Kenneth Acker is aiming for his third game in a row with an interception

* Cornerback Tramaine Brock has an interception in two of the past three games

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Remember When the Rams Hadn’t Beaten the 49ers in 17 Straight?

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