49ers vs. Rams: Live Updates and Analysis
SANTA CLARA -- This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers Week 6 Sunday night game against the Los Angeles Rams. I will update this with information and analysis from the press box.
3:54 Here are the 49ers inactives:
Quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Wide receiver Dante Pettis.
Cornerback Dontae Johnson.
Running back Jeff Wilson Jr.
Linebacker Kwon Alexander.
Defensive lineman Darrion Daniels.
Offensive lineman Tom Compton.
3:56 Interesting that Beathard is inactive this week instead of Nick Mullens. Last week, the 49ers demoted Mullens to third string and promoted Beathard, who stunk during the second half against the Miami Dolphins. He's had more than enough opportunities to show something, and he can't show anything. Smart to promote Mullens back to second string. He'll give the 49ers a chance to win if Jimmy Garoppolo gets injured or benched againb.
3:58 Why is Pettis still on this roster? He's just taking up space in the locker room. The 49ers should cut him.
3:59 Tom Compton has been inactive for all six games this season. Jed York has to pay him $1.375 million this year and he might never play. Maybe that's one of the things York was thinking about when he bolted Levi's Stadium at halftime last week and drove the wrong way down a blocked-off street until police offers told him to turn around. Seems like York handed out lots of checks this offseason and has nothing to show for his investments. He must feel played. I almost feel bad for him. Almost.
5:20 The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff. The Rams won the toss and deferred.
5:26 The 49ers open the game under center with a pitch to Raheem Mostert for a five-yard gain. Finally, Kyle Shanahan shows confidence in the 49ers' identity. Great sign.
5:26 On first and goal from the six-yard line, Garoppolo completes a shovel pass to wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who scores.
49ers 7, Rams 0.
5:27 Brilliant opening drive by Kyle Shanahan. He called two runs, two screens and two shovel passes -- the easiest plays imaginable for Garoppolo. And now Garoppolo has confidence and a lead. Couldn't have called a better opening drive considering what's at stake.
5:33 On third and 8 from the Rams 44, Jared Goff throws an incomplete pass deep down the seam intended for Cooper Kupp, and the Rams punt. Excellent start for the 49ers. They're locked in and have all the momentum.
5:39 On second and 7 from the 49ers 26, Garoppolo wildly misses George Kittle who was open running a stick route. Meaning he was 10 yards away from Garoppolo, facing him and not moving and Garoppolo still missed. Bad sign. The 49ers punt two plays later than Rams take over at their 38.
5:44 On third and 8 from the Rams 40, Jason Verrett breaks up a pass intended for Gerald Everett, and the Rams punt. Jason Verrett has been fantastic this season.
6:04 On fourth and 2 from the Rams 44, Garoppolo completes a pass over the middle to George Kittle, and Kittle runs 44 yards for a touchdown. Great throw. Even better route and run after the catch.
49ers 14, Rams 0.
6:15 On third and goal from the 10, Jared Goff throws a touchdown pass to Robert Woods, who beats Jaquiski Tartt. But the Rams miss the extra point because Dion Jordan blocks it.
49ers 14, Rams 7.
6:15 That touchdown drive happened because the 49ers couldn't contain Jared Goff, a statue, in the pocket on third and 9 near midfield.
6:36 On third and goal from the 6, Garoppolo completes a touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk.
49ers 21, Rams 6.
Shanahan has done a masterful job getting Garoppolo into the flow of this game. Garoppolo has completed 14 of 16 pass attempts for 193 yards and 3 touchdowns and still hasn't attempted a difficult pass yet. Just a phenomenal job by Shanahan.
6:42 On third and 2, the Rams lose a yard and go three and out. It's amazing what 49er defensive coordinator Robert Saleh can do when he has two competent quarterbacks.
6:49 On third and 10 from the 49ers 41, McKinnon runs up the middle as the first half ends.
7:07 On third and 6 from the 49ers 24, Goff overthrows Josh Reynolds. So on the next play, the Rams kick and make a 42-yard field goal.
49ers 21, Rams 9.
7:13 On third and 11, Jimmy Garoppolo throws low and behind McKinnon. Incomplete. Next play, the 49ers punt.
7:16 Mostert is out for the rest of the game with an ankle injury.
7:20 On third and 4 from the Rams 43, Goff misses a wide open Cooper Kupp deep down the middle of the field. The 49ers take over at their 13 after the punt.
7:25 On third and 11 from the 49ers 12, Garoppolo completes an 8-yard pass to McKinnon in the left flat, and the 49ers punt. The Rams take over at their 38.
7:36 On fourth and goal from the two, Verrett intercepts Goff in the back-left corner of the end zone. It's amazing how the 49ers defense continues to be the best unit on the team despite missing half its starters.
7:39 On third and 4 from the 49ers 44, Kendrick Bourne drops a pass that would have picked up a first down. But time for Bourne to pull a Bourne. The Rams take over at their 14 after the punt. The 49ers offense has flatlined.
7:47 On third and 15 from the Rams 32, Goff completes a harmless 7-yard pass to his running back and the Rams punt. Robert Saleh is doing a phenomenal job.
7:56 Trent Williams has a head injury and is questionable to return.
7:57 On third and 6 from the 49ers 44, George Kittle drops a perfect pass from Garoppolo, and the 49ers punt. The Rams take over at their 1.
8:03 The Rams go three and out and the 49ers take over at their 49. Garoppolo's passing line since halftime is 7 of 13 for 53 yards and a QB rating of just 63.9.
8:04 Trent Williams is back on the field.
8:10 On third and 9 from the Rams 37, Garoppolo scrambles for six yards. He has completed just 5 of his past 13 pass attempts after starting the game 17 of 19.
8:10 Robbie Gould makes a 49-yard field goal attempt.
49ers 24, Rams 9.
8:17 On second and 6 from the 49ers 40, Goff throws a deep touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds, who makes the catch over Emmanuel Moseley.
49ers 24, Rams 16.
8:24 On third and 7 from the 49ers 38, Garoppolo completes a shovel pass to Samuel who runs for 11 yards, and the 49ers win. Stay tuned for their grades.