Well, this one looks as though it’s going to go down to the wire.
The Los Angeles Rams got off to a hot start, forcing a punt on the San Francisco 49ers’ first drive and then marched downfield — 7 plays for 56 yards — scoring a touchdown to take the early lead. Malcolm Brown looked especially effective out of the gate, rushing five times for 40 yards (8.0 ypc) in the Rams’ first series. But then it leveled out. And the 49ers immediately put together their own 10 play, 65 yard drive for a score. Sadly, that drive was kept alive as a result of a Dante Fowler Jr. offsides penalty (of two), which would’ve forced the 49ers to punt.
The Rams’ defense looked very hungry early, and Aaron Donald, per usual, has looked incredible. Marcus Peters also spared the Rams a first-half deficit by picking off Jimmy Garoppolo (it was a gimme, to be honest) in the end zone in the second quarter.
Sadly, approaching halftime, the Rams’ drive stalled at the goal line where they failed to punch it in from mere feet away twice in a row. And that, outside of a very nice set of a runs from Darrell Henderson Jr., pretty much summed up the tone for the offense after their initial scoring drive.
7-7 ball game. So yeah, it’s going to be an interesting second half.
- [Q1, 9:25] Robert Woods left end for 8 yards; touchdown. Rams lead 7-0
- [Q1, 3:44] Tevin Coleman left end for 2 yards; touchdown. Rams - 7, 49ers - 7