Man, how the hell would I know.
It wasn’t a win. I’m not even sure it was a football game.
It was just spectacle. It was the confusion of a rollercoaster of agony and ecstasy and injury and aerial activity that we haven’t been a part of as Rams fans often over the last 13 years.
We’ve seen defensive battles and we’ve seen sloppy games and we’ve seen gutsy wins. This was different.
This was new.
But I don’t really know what it actually was.
Part of it was QB Jared Goff’s best game of his NFL career. Part of it was RB Todd Gurley’s best game since Week 11 of the 2015 season ending a 20-game stretch without a game of 100 rushing yards or more. Part of it was the emergence of the Rams’ new immigrants from Buffalo, WR Sammy Watkins and WR Robert Woods who had six catches for more than 100 yards each.
But part of it also was the defense. For all the warranted excitement behind the Rams’ 418 total yards, the 49ers outgained them. San Francisco converted nine third downs. QB Brian Hoyer threw for 332 yards. RB Carlos Hyde had nearly the exact same rushing performance as Gurley prior to the late 29-yard run Gurley had to ice the game.
The 2017 Rams.