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Recap: 49ers defeat LA Rams 34-13

Dec 31, 2017 at 5:37 PM--


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
SF 10 10 7 7 34
LA 3 3 0 7 13

The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history to end the season with more than three wins after starting 0-9. No other team that started 0-9 had better than a 3-13 record to finish the season. The 49ers win on Sunday boosted their record to 6-10. They finished the season on a league-best five-game winning streak.

Much of the late season success can be attributed to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has never lost a start in his career (7-0). However, Garoppolo was not his usual sharp self on Sunday, throwing two interceptions and missing some open receivers. He finished the day 20 of 33 for 292 yards with two touchdowns and the aforementioned interceptions.

Jimmy G was good enough, though, to guide the 49ers now-potent offense to the tune of 34 points, 25 first downs and a 50% third down conversion rate.

The Rams rested several starters, including quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley, defensive tackle Aaron Donald among others. The 49ers defense held the Rams' backups to 251 total yards of offense on the day.

Sheldon Day, Cassius Marsh and Elvis Dumervil each had sacks. Marsh and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon each had a forced fumbles.

Eric Reid also had a strong game in what could be his 49ers finale, as he is an impending free agent. He was second on the team with six tackles and almost had an interception.

On the offensive side of the ball, tight end George Kittle had a career-high 100 yards on four catches and has quickly become a reliable receiver within Kyle Shanahan's offense. He had a long reception on the first drive of the game, which resulted in a field goal.

Carlos Hyde fell short of his 1,000-yard goal, as he needed 150 yards going into the game. He finished the game with 90 yards on 15 carries. Sunday's game could also have been Hyde's last with the 49ers as he too is a free agent after this season. He had two impressive touchdown runs; one where he moved the pile several yards into the end zone and another in the second half where he leaped and stretched the ball to the corner pylon. He did, however, have a fumble late in the second half.

Matt Breida had 12 carries for 72 yards in another strong outing to push his bid to become the starter next season.

The hope was the 49ers could make it through this game without any major injuries, which looks to be the case. However, Marquise Goodwin suffered a concussion after a violent hit near the end of the first half. He did not return to the game. DeForest Buckner also left the game with a chest injury in the second half. Reuben Foster and K'wuan Williams left with injuries that weren't serious.

Goodwin also fell short of his 1,000-yard goal when he left the game. He finished with two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown on a nifty play that called for a fake end around to him, only to have him leak out into the flat to catch a pass and run it in for the touchdown.

The 49ers ended the season by defeating three playoff teams (Tennessee, Jacksonville, LA Rams).

The offseason starts now for general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. It promises to be an interesting one, with some notable names as free agents and Jimmy Garoppolo's contract status yet to be determined.


SF Team Stats LA
25 First Downs 15
463 Total Yards 251
292 Pass Yards 149
171 Rush Yards 102
4 (23) Penalties (Yds) 6 (46)
3 Turnovers 2
2 (41) Punts (Avg) 7 (44)
29:09 Time of Pos. 30:51

49ers Player Stats
Passing Cmp/Att Yds TDs INTs
J. Garoppolo 20/33 292 2 2
Rushing Att Yds TDs Lg
C. Hyde 15 90 2 16
M. Breida 12 72 0 15
M. Goodwin 1 10 0 10
J. Garoppolo 2 -1 0 0
Receiving Rec Yds TDs Lg
G. Kittle 4 100 0 44
K. Juszczyk 4 19 0 14
T. Taylor 2 29 0 15
K. Bourne 2 28 0 16
M. Goodwin 2 28 1 20
C. Hyde 2 10 0 7
M. Breida 1 32 0 32
G. Celek 1 28 0 28
A. Robinson 1 12 1 12
L. Murphy 1 6 0 6
Fumbles Fum Lost Rec Yds
C. Hyde 1 1 0 0
S. Thomas 0 0 0 0
K. Williams 0 0 0 0
Kicking FG Lg XP Pts
R. Gould 2/2 48 4/4 10
Punting No Avg I20 Lg
B. Pinion 2 43.5 0 51
Punt Returns No Avg TDs Lg
T. Taylor 3 10 0 16
Defense T-A Sck INTs FF
B. Coyle 3-5 0 0 0
E. Reid 6-0 0 0 0
D. Johnson 5-0 0 0 0
S. Day 4-1 1 0 0
R. Foster 2-3 0 0 0
A. Witherspoon 4-0 0 0 1
K. Williams 3-1 0 0 0
C. Marsh 3-0 1 0 1
A. Colbert 3-0 0 0 1
T. Carradine 2-1 0 0 0
E. Mitchell 1-2 0 0 0
E. Dumervil 2-0 1 0 0
S. Thomas 1-0 0 0 0
E. Harold 1-0 0 0 0
L. Hall 1-0 0 0 0
R. Blair 1-0 0 0 0
D. Buckner 0-1 0 0 0
G. Mabin 0-1 0 0 0

Rams Player Stats
Passing Cmp/Att Yds TDs INTs
S. Mannion 20/34 169 0 0
Rushing Att Yds TDs Lg
M. Brown 14 54 0 20
T. Austin 4 24 0 8
L. Dunbar 6 20 1 8
S. Mannion 2 4 0 2
Receiving Rec Yds TDs Lg
M. Brown 4 7 0 5
M. Thomas 3 75 0 50
G. Everett 3 16 0 6
T. Austin 3 14 0 9
P. Cooper 2 30 0 26
J. Reynolds 2 16 0 11
D. Carrier 2 10 0 7
L. Dunbar 1 1 0 1
Fumbles Fum Lost Rec Yds
K. Peterson 1 0 1 0
S. Mannion 1 1 0 0
M. Thomas 1 0 0 0
G. Everett 1 1 0 0
B. Hager 0 0 0 0
Kicking FG Lg XP Pts
S. Ficken 2/2 23 1/1 7
Punting No Avg I20 Lg
J. Hekker 7 48.7 2 58
Kickoff Returns No Avg TDs Lg
D. Carrier 1 13 0 13
Punt Returns No Avg TDs Lg
P. Cooper 2 3 0 6
Defense T-A Sck INTs FF
C. Littleton 5-3 0 0 0
K. Peterson 3-4 0 2 0
I. Johnson 1-4 0 0 0
B. Hager 4-0 0 0 1
J. Johnson 4-0 0 0 0
M. Fox 3-1 0 0 0
N. Robey 3-0 0 0 0
C. Davis 2-1 0 0 0
S. Ebukam 2-1 0 0 0
B. Countess 2-1 0 0 0
T. Hill 2-1 0 0 0
C. Thompson 2-0 0 0 0
T. Smart 2-0 0 0 0
C. Lynch 2-0 0 0 0
T. Walker 0-1 0 0 0


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