By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It had been a good first quarter of the season for the L.A. Rams. There were little signs of jetlag after making three trips to east coast in four weeks coming away with wins against the Philadelphia, N.Y. Giants, Washington and Dallas (at SoFi Stadium).
This week the Rams headed north to San Francisco and were in a fight from the start in a 24-16 lost.
After trailing by two scores Jarrod Goff connected with Woods on a 10-yard TD pass completing a 10 play 64-yard drive to make 14-6 after rookie kicker Samuel Sloman missed the PAT.
After that series the Rams (4-2) struggled getting into a rhythm. They had spurts of brightness on the ground as Daryll Henderson had a solid 88 yards rushing on 14 carries. At one point he carried the ball seven straight times and got the ball to the 49er’s two yard line. However on third down Goff’s pass to Kupp was incomplete. On fourth down the pass was intercepted in the end zone by DB Jason Verrett.
“It clearly wasn’t my best,“ said Goff. He was 19 of 38 for 198 yards 2 TD’s and one interception that gave him a passer rating of 72.0. It had been at least 100.0 in the previous three games. Josh Reynolds hauled in a 40 yarder TD pass which was the longest of his career.
The Rams were 4 of 12 on third down conversions and failed on their only fourth down attempt. The only had the ball 22 minutes compared to the Niners 37.
Jimmie Garoppolo saw his first action after a high ankle sprain some weeks backs. But on the opening drive he hit Deebo Samuel on a 6-yard pass less than five minutes into the game. He threw mostly quick screen passes, slants and some shuffle passes that didn’t require a lot of scrambling. He finished the day going 22 of 33 for 268 yards and three touchdowns to George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk and Samules.
“We had to many things that we were not accustomed to,” said Rams coach Sean McVay. “We had a lot of players that we count on that didn’t come through in some situations.”
It was suppose to be easier for the Rams offense as the home team was missing big names like Richard Sherman and Nick Bosa and others were out on the defensive side because of injuries. They also were coming off a 43-17 loss to Miami.
Linebacker Micah Kiser and John Johnson III had 13 tackles each to lead the team. Kiser who had seven in the first quarter, returned after sitting out last week against Washington because of a groin injury he suffered at So Fi hosting the Giants.
The defense gave up a season high 390 yards of offense including 24 first downs and did not have a sack after having a season high 8 last week.
“We know what we have to do,” said Aaron Donald who played in his 100th career game. “We have to wrap up on our tackles, that’s one thing we didn’t do.
RAM NOTES: L.A. has a tough schedule ahead-Hosting the Bears next Monday night at SoFi then they head east to Miami, host Seattle and play at Tampa Bay…Sam Sloman’s 42-yard FG was a career long.