By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Nothing in the NFL is predictable last week the Rams got a big road win against the Tampa Bay Bucs. This week they fell to a San Francisco team that was depleted by injuries.
Some years ago while watching an NFL game a young Garry Heath said, “Turnovers will kill you dead from this world.” Garry was just a big sports fans but what he said still applies in today’s game.
That turned out to be true as after a Los Angeles Rams turnover Robbie Gould kicked a 42-yard FG as time expired to give the 49ers a 23-20 win over the Rams at SoFi Stadium.
Early in the third quarter Rams QB Jarred Goff dropped back to pass he was pressured and threw the ball to a leaping Javon Kinlaw who came down with the interception then took it 27 yards for a touchdown. The rookie from South Carolina was activated just this week.
In all Goff threw two interceptions and coughed up a fumble that gave him an unwanted 11 turnovers in the last four games.
“Our quarterbacks have got to take better care of the football, ” said Rams Head coach Sean Mcvay. When asked what could Goff do better: “We’ve gone over this but it might be an individual situation. It might be keeping two hands on the ball.
The Rams defense held the 49er’s (5-6) to 348 yards of offense and 3 of 13 on third down conversion’s. After only giving up only seven points in the first half they played like the number one ranked defense in the league.
There was a period in the game where Aaron Donald took over. He tipped pass that was intercepted by Jordan Fuller and it led to a Matt Gay field goal that made the score 17-6 RAMS he and the defense took things into their own hands.
After the ensuing kick-off Donald stripped running back James Joseph after he took a handoff from Nick Mullens- Troy Hill scooped it up who ran it in from 20 yards to make the score 17-13. It was Donald’s 19 force fumble of his career.
Gay appears to have made things more comfortable in the kicking game making two of two from 41 and 48 yards with ease. “He’s appears to be confident and reassuring,” said McVay He’s what we may be looking for long term.
Troy Reeder replacing the injured Micah Kiser had a career high 15 tackles as part of a career best 12 solo. The Rams only gave up 126 yards on the ground.
After a three and out by the 49ers- Cam Akers took a hand-off from Goff and race 61 yards cross field to the 7-yard -line on the final play the third. On the first play of the fourth he took it to the one then in for the score. Gay hit the PAT and the Rams led for the first time in the second half 20-17.
The Rams (7-4) could have gone to Akers more as the rookie had 81 yards on just nine carries. It marked the fourth straight loss to the Niners and the first at SoFi. The Ramstravel to Arizona next week.
RAM NOTES: Robert Woods had 7 catches for 80-yards. Goff was 19 of 31 for 198 yards with two interceptions giving him a passer rating of 52.9, his lowest of the year. Cooper Kupp finished the day with 41 yards on 2 receptions including a 30 yarder his third straight week with a 30 plus yard catch. Jordan Fuller is just the eighth RAM to have three interceptions in his rookie season. A bright spot -the RAMS only had 3 penalties for 27 yards. Old reliable Johnny Hekker had 7 punts for a 49-yard average including a 62 yarder.