Saying he "can be demanding of him," Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters Monday that he never considered benching Jared Goff, despite his disappointment in the veteran quarterback during Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
Jalen Ramsey is one of the few Rams defenders who never comes off the field, playing just about every snap this season. That’s what made it so shocking to see that he was only out there for 69% of the team’s defensive snaps against the 49ers – a game in which Deebo Samuel dominated with 11 catches for 133 yards.
Sunday’s game against the 49ers didn’t go the way the Rams hoped it would, falling to their division rivals 23-20 at home. It was a disheartening and deflating loss, largely due to an inept offense and a defense that allowed field goals on San Francisco’s final two drives.
After beating the Seahawks and Buccaneers in consecutive weeks, the Rams were well-positioned to make a run at the coveted No. 1 seed in the NFC. The top seed has become even more rewarding and important this year, considering it’s the only spot that gets a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Aaron Donald, Cam Akers, and Matt Gay highlight the bright spots from an otherwise deflating loss. The Los Angeles Rams let go of all their momentum and dropped a 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Jared Goff has eight career games where he’s turned the ball over at least three times. Unsurprisingly, the Rams are 1-7 in those contests – including Sunday’s loss to the 49ers where Goff threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
They weren’t the only team to have a bad day The Los Angeles Rams took a loss on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, their second to that NFC West rival this season, but thanks to other defeats around the conference they remain in the enviable 5-seed and could be back in first place in the division as soon as Monday night.
For the most part this season, Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams have been the Rams’ top two cornerbacks – both in level of play and snap share. But on Sunday against the 49ers, Brandon Staley reduced both of their roles dramatically for some reason.
Rams coach Sean McVay didn't mince words following his team's 23-20 loss to the injury-plagued 49ers on Sunday. "Our quarterback has got to take better care of the football," McVay said tersely after the game.
Deebo Samuel had a huge game against the Rams on Sunday afternoon, helping lift the 49ers to a 23-20 win at SoFi Stadium. He caught 11 passes for 133 yards, and after the game, he took a veiled shot at Aaron Donald on Twitter.
The Rams had an opportunity to pull further ahead in the NFC West with a win over the 49ers and a loss by the Seahawks on Monday night, but that chance slipped away when San Francisco came into SoFi Stadium and left with a win.
The San Francisco 49ers made their first trip to SoFi Stadium in Week 12, and they made it a worthwhile one. They knocked off the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon, winning 23-20 on Robbie Gould’s 42-yard field goal as time expired.
It's not all bad news for Seattle, however, as coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that Carlos Hyde should return to the backfield for the first time since he hurt his hamstring in the Oct. 25 matchup.