The Los Angeles Rams beat the San Francisco 49ers to snap their regular season losing streak against the 9ers with a final score of 21-20. The biggest story to come out of this game is probably not the final result but the fact that Puka Nacua broke the rookie receptions and yardage records during this contest. The reality is that a win or loss would not really affect either team due to both teams already having clinched a playoff spot. Due to that fact both teams rested some usual starters. Regardless of some of the normal stars not suiting up, there was still plenty of action in this game as Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold both got a chance to quarterback today.
Here’s a quick look at some of the key moments of the game.
The 49ers got the scoring going with a rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
Wentz would respond and find Puka for an impressive TD score, and Wentz’s first touchdown pass in a Rams uniform.
The 49ers would respond to the Rams with their second rushing touchdown of they day to retake the lead.
Wentz did throw an interception early in the game and although it may have not been all his fault, it didn’t help the Rams cause at earning the victory today.
Admittedly LA was playing with plenty of backups in this one, and so were the 49ers. The Rams had moments where some of the reserve players stepped up, but their were a number of plays that the 49ers were able to capitilize on.
Through the first half Puka did have some targets, and he scored the Rams first touchdown, but the real excitement was wondering when and if Nacua would be able to break the rookie receiving yardage and receptions record. In the second half Puka would break both records as he continued to cement his historic rookie season as one of the best we’ve ever seen.
Nacua would break the rookie receptions record immediately after that play above.
With that out of the way, the Rams could pull Nacua out of the game to keep him healthy, and LA could focus on trying to earn their 10th victory of the season. LA was down 20-13 in the fourth quarter. It could be argued that SF may have been playing the more complete game to this point, but LA was hanging around and they were giving themsevles a chance to win their final regular season matchup of the year.
LA found themsevles with a 21-20 lead after a touchdown and successful two point conversion.
CARSON WENTZ RUNS IT IN! TOUCHDOWN!— x - Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 7, 2024
TU TU FOR TWO TWO— x - Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 7, 2024
Due to the Rams and 49ers both missing some makeable kicks, including field goals and extra points, there was an element of not knowing how this game would end up. Nothing was guarenteed in this one, other than knowing that both teams would be playing in the playoffs regardless of the final outcome.
The Rams held a 21-20 lead with less than 60 seconds to go in the final quarter. SF had the ball and offense had a chance to kick a go ahead field goal for their 13th victory of the season. On the penulitmate drive, Darnold would fumble the ball, LA would recover and win the game.
LA finishes the regular season at 10-7. They snap their regular season losing streak against the 49ers, and they now can get ready to take on their old friend Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card Round.