After two straight impressive wins, the Los Angeles Rams came tumbling back to earth on Sunday afternoon, losing to the division-worst San Francisco 49ers 23-20 at SoFi Stadium. It was their second loss of the year to the Niners — and their first at the new Inglewood stadium.
The Rams had a chance to take sole possession of first place in the NFC West after Week 12, but instead fall to second place with a record of 7-4. If the Seattle Seahawks (7-3) lose to the Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1) on Monday Night Football, the Rams will return to the top of the division due to the tiebreaker.
As has been the case for much of the season, LA had an impressive showing on defense, but struggled to find their footing on offense. While the defense forced three turnovers and scored a touchdown — on a 20-yard fumble return by Troy Hill — the offense committed four turnovers, scored just 13 points, and didn’t find the end zone until a one-yard touchdown run by Cam Akers in the fourth quarter.
After trailing 17-3 late in the third quarter, the Rams scored 17 unanswered points in the span of a few minutes to take the lead early in the fourth, but they couldn’t hold it. Robbie Gould hit the game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired.
The Rams will look to get back in the win column next Sunday, Dec. 6, when they visit the Arizona Cardinals (6-5) at 1:05 p.m. PT in a critical division showdown.