Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams look to bounce back from their loss on a short week on Thursday night football against division rivals. That wasn't the case in this game as even the many imperfections couldn't overshadow the drama in the NFL's highest-scoring Thursday contest since Minnesota's 46-36 Thanksgiving win over Dallas in 1998. Shanahan's team had totaled just 465 yards of offense through the first two weeks, before logging 421 against the Rams and getting into the end zone for the first time all year on quarterback Brian Hoyer's 9-yard scramble in the first quarter. "To be able to make that big play down the field I thought was a huge spark for our offense at the time". Todd Gurley scored a touchdown on the next play from scrimmage, putting the 49ers in a 7-point hole before losing by just two, 41-39.
And there was plenty of drama after the Rams went ahead 41-26 with 8:43 to play on Goff's 13-yard TD pass to Watkins. Both teams then traded quicky three-and-outs on offense.
Hoyer threw a pick on the very first play of the game. That proved costly when Troy Hill broke up the pass to Taylor on the 2-point try.
It was back in March that Juszczyk signed the biggest contract in National Football League history for a fullback, bucking the trend of the fullback being a dying position by signing a four-year, $21 million deal to join San Francisco.
Taylor was called for offensive pass interference as he broke to the outside against the coverage of Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.
"It was a roller coaster", Garcon said.
However, Hoyer and the offense gained tons of confidence during the next offensive drive. "Still knocking little things off here and there, but we'll get there".
Hoyer didn't offer much after the game, claiming he didn't see the play and "didn't want to get fined".
Hyde left the game briefly in the first half to be evaluated for an injury, but it didn't slow him down.
Goff who didn't get the opportunity to play previous year at Levi's Stadium took every opportunity to go deep.
The Niners were three-point underdogs, meaning that for Niners bettors to cash their ticket, San Francisco needed to win outright - or at the very least lose by fewer than three points.
Early on, it seemed like the Rams "D" would also have itself a good night. The 49ers defense was also missing key starters and lost a couple more on Thursday. Both teams should feel optimistic leaving this game, but it's Los Angeles that really made a statement.
Gurley got the hat trick right before the half when he took the toss from Goff and beat the San Francisco defense to the left pylon for the score. Though he is only averaging 3.7 yards a carry, Gurley had two rushing scores in the first two games and has added value as a pass catcher with eight receptions for 104 yards and another score. Gurley being available in the passing game allows Goff to have all the options ready, and it opens up the rest of the field for the receivers. This could be the flawless chance for the 49ers, coming off a long rest and perhaps flowing with confidence, to earn their first win of the 2017 season.