It was a vicious battle at Candlestick Stadium between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers. Riding a two game winning streak, the Rams were finally beaten after outscoring their last two opponents 80-29. Unlike the past weeks, the Rams managed to rack up only 13 points in a 23-13 loss to the 49ers. The lack of offense made a huge difference in today’s loss, with the Rams managing only 73 yards of total offense in the first half. This lack of production is unacceptable and it will certainly not win football games, as displayed here today.
However, the Rams continue to display certain areas of improvement on a consistent basis. First off, they limited the 49ers to 83 yards of rushing, forcing Colin Kaepernick to beat them throwing the ball. Secondly, the Rams continue to rack up the sacks with four against the 49ers. Although the lack of offense didn’t surprise me going against a stout 49ers defensive front, the Rams are continually finding ways to spread the ball to their receiving core and score points.
Overall, the San Francisco 49ers handed the St. Louis Rams with a loss that stings. They beat the Rams in the air by using their bigger receivers. Anquan Boldin led the 49ers with 9 receptions for 98 yards. In addition, Vernon Davis had 4 receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. Finally, it was Michael Crabtree who got 2 receptions for 68 yards, but may have been the difference maker in this game by distracting the Rams defense, allowing the other receivers to take full advantage.
St. Louis Rams Player of the Game:
Michael Brockers managed to sack the quarterback twice today in a loss to the 49ers. In addition, he managed 7 total tackles throughout the game. Part of a talented front four, Michael Brockers helped the Rams limit Frank Gore and the 49ers to 83 yards of rushing for the game.
San Francisco 49ers Player of the Game:
Anquan Boldin was the 49ers player of the game and managed to snag 9 receptions today for 98 yards. Boldin was a difference maker in today’s game. With the Rams defense focused on a fully recovered Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin was able to take advantage and make the big plays when it was necessary.
Although the Rams loss today was dismal, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back when they play in Arizona next week against the Cardinals.
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