With the San Franciscodefense loaded up to stop Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams running game, quarterback Case Keenum was unable to capitalize.
"We're confident in that group", Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "So my time clock kind of went off, and I just turned around and caught the ball". "But we wanted to stay with the run, because it's the run game that helps you get the plays outside". "I think the most telling statistic for us that you're really proud of is we had two penalties, and one of them was more because I screwed them up in the formation".
As expected, the running game generated the most offensive production, including 150 total rushing yards and three of the four touchdowns of the evening.
This was among the league's top rivalries back in the 1970s and 1980s when the Los Angeles Rams or the 49ers won all but two NFC West Division crowns. "To play that kind of disciplined football, I thought, was great". He also failed to complete 50% of his passes. Gabbert's best pass of the night was a 35-yard completion to Quinton Patton in the third quarter that almost became another six points for San Francisco.
Offense: The 49ers ran hot and cold throughout the game and were particularly frigid during the third quarter.
Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald was ejected in the fourth quarter when he made contact with an official.
You'd be generous to even call it "some 7-9 bullshit", as Fisher eloquently put it on Hard Knocks this season. Under Keenum, the Rams went 3-for-15 on third down and punted on 10 of their 13 possessions. It's us against the world. Gabbert threw for 17 yards and ran for 16 on the drive.
San Francisco wasn't much better offensively but managed to run the ball fairly effectively early, leading to the two first-half touchdowns by Hyde and Draughn.
"We just focused on stopping the run, making them one dimensional and forcing them to throw", 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward said. This time the 49ers marched 59 yards in nine plays in just 2:44.
Colin Kaepernick, backup quarterback for the 49ers, has sat or knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial oppression in the United States. Two other teammates, Antoine Bethea and Eli Harold, stood with fists raised.
Notable: It was Chip Kelly's debut, and the polarizing coach got off to a quick start in San Francisco. Two plays later, Keenum negated that good play by throwing his second interception of the game.