There’s nothing like bad offensive line play to ruin the potential of talented offensive skill players on an NFL team. That’s been happening for five playoff contenders that were expected to move the ball much better in 2017.
But in every case, personnel changes or scheme adjustments can be made to try to find better blocking or play results.
That last five minutes was very stressful, Rams running back Todd Gurley told NFL Network. It was out of our control, but we knew the defense would come through.
The way the game started, it looked like the Rams were going to cruise to another blowout victory, capitalizing on turnovers as they did in a 46-9 win over the Colts to open the season.
Hoyer threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage, with Nickell Robey-Coleman easily jumping an out-route and taking it to the 49ers 5-yard line. Gurley punched it in from there a play later to give the Rams a 7-0 lead just 12 seconds into the game.
The 49ers tied it up on Hoyer’s 9-yard scramble into the end zone to cap a 14-play, 81-yard drive that was kept alive by a defensive holding penalty on fourth-and-2. The Rams answered with a touchdown of their own and made it 17-7 on Greg Zuerlein’s 48-yard field goal. That score was off Raheem Mostert’s fumble at the Rams 39-yard line.
But a crazy sequence of events that included a pair of San Francisco touchdowns in less than a three-minute span, thanks to a fumbled kickoff return in between, cut the Rams lead down to 41-39. The 49ers would get the ball right back after recovering an onside kick, but turned it over on downs.