The grave diggers had to holster their shovels Sunday night in Santa Clara, as the 49ers limped out of the morgue to live another week.
Looking a lot like last year’s team, the defense shut down the high powered Rams offense, while the Niner offense clicked along smoothly and efficiently to build a 15 point lead with only four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Then, after a Rams score narrowed the lead to 8 points with two minutes to go, Deebo Samuel bulled his way to a first down which allowed them to run out the clock.
Amazing how different a team can look when it has TWO healthy CBs and a healthy QB. And the defense accomplished its job without registering a single sack or putting much pressure on Rams QB Jared Goff the entire game.
They even played the entire second half without super RB Raheem Mostert, but practice squad call up JaMychal Hasty filled in nicely, looking a little bit like a mini-Mostert in the process.
George Kittle led all receivers with seven receptions for 109 yards. The biggest catch was the fourth and two dart from Garoppolo that Kittle took 44 yards to the house and gave the Niners a 21-6 halftime lead. They only added three more points in the second half, which was disappointing, but it was enough.
It’s difficult to believe, in this injury-riddled season, but the guy who’s turned the secondary around is none other than terminally fragile CB Jason Verrett. He’s actually played three straight games without breaking anything or limping off the field. And he’s played lights out football during that time, including yesterday’s end zone interception of Goff which put a dagger in the Rams come back efforts.
Special kudos to our much maligned O-line. They did not give up a sack and RG Daniel Brunskill pretty much neutralized Aaron Donald – no small feat.
Next up on the seven game gauntlet against elite teams is the Patriots in Foxborough. A win there would keep hopes for the 2020 season in the realm of distant possibilities. And it would give the Patriots a 2-4 record, which would be a joy all by itself.