Join former 49ers Running Back Dexter Carter and Matt Andruscavage as they review last night’s thrilling Thursday Night football game (first time anyone has ever said that about a Thursday Night game!) between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams were able to hold off the 49ers 41-39, but there were several great plays made throughout the game by both teams.
Listen as they break down the first half where the 49ers got into a hole, but kept it a game and then that exciting 4th quarter where the 49ers nearly pulled off an improbable comeback!
There is a lot to be proud of and look forward to, despite this being another very difficult loss. The team now has 10 days to rest up and prepare for the Arizona Cardinals.
1) Brian Hoyer gives the 49ers the best chance to win games in 2017, despite his limitations
Hoyer has made one bad throw in each of the first three games this year that has resulted in a big interception, no doubt. He does have limitations when things break down in the pocket, but he also showed why he is the starter.
He can make good throws and for year one of a rebuild process, he puts the 49ers further ahead than they would be with a quarterback who would have to learn the system. He understands it and was able to put the 49ers in position to win the game last night with a 332 yard, two-touchdown performance.
2) The defense was gassed
There’s no doubt as to what kind of a toll Thursday night games take on players. NaVorro Bowman said he struggled after having to be out there for a large number of snaps after just playing 82 snaps a few days ago against Seattle.
The pass rush was not able to put pressure on Jared Goff and he made them pay. There were two turnovers (an interception and a fumble) that allowed the Rams to build a 17-7 in the first half.
The Rams were able to have their way with the defense for over three quarters, but then the 49ers were able to make a stop and pull within 34-26 with 8 minutes to go.
3) Carlos Hyde will have a great season if he can stay healthy
Following a 124 yard performance against the Seahawks, Hyde had 84 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns last night. He is running well and once we see the 49ers with a lead in the 4th quarter, we’ll see it even more as they protect a lead, rather than having to pass to get back in the game.
4) Injuries and poor cornerback play will hinder the defense
Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson were abused last night by Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins, as they rolled up a lot of yardage, 3rd down conversions and touchdowns.
The secondary has to get better, but will have to do so without Eric Reid for a few weeks. Jaquiski Tartt left the game with a neck injury, so hopefully that isn’t serious.
5) The Niners have to control what they can and not let the officials decide the game
Yes, I saw the play. There’s no doubt that Trent Taylor had a first down and that offensive pass interference call essentially ended the game with about a minute left.
The 49ers would have had a first down on the Rams 39 and had a great chance to set up Robbie Gould for a game-winning field goal.
It was not to be, but it was Gould whose missed extra point put the 49ers in a very tough spot where they had to go for a two point conversion that did not succeed.
Despite the fumble forced by the special teams and the successful onside kick, it’s up to Robbie Gould to make extra points and for the 49ers to not put themselves in a position where the officials can decide the game.
Conclusion of the matter
It was a great game and there are a lot of positives going forward. By Week 6 or 7, most, if not all of the players will be healthy and the defense could be much better.
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