49ers hold Rams quarterback Jared Goff to career-low 78 passing yards

49ers hold Rams quarterback Jared Goff to career-low 78 passing yards

Rams quarterback Jared Goff grew up in Novato, rooting for the 49ers. He was the team's ultimate fan, and he even wears No. 16 in honor of Joe Montana. 

On Sunday, the 49ers became Goff's worst nightmare.

The fourth-year pro completed just 13 of his 24 passes and threw for a career-low 78 yards in a 20-7 loss to San Francisco. He also was sacked four times.

Goff and the Rams had only one first down through the air, and failed on all their third- and fourth-down tries. This isn't the first time the 49ers stifled the former top draft pick, too.

Prior to Sunday, Goff's previous career low in passing was a 90-yard performance against, you guessed it, the 49ers. That came back in 2016, when the Rams lost to the 49ers 22-21 in Goff's rookie year. 

For the second straight week, the 49ers' defense dominated against a former No. 1 overall draft pick. They held Browns QB Baker Mayfield to just 100 passing yards last week in a 31-3 win over Cleveland while intercepting him twice and recovering one fumble. 

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Robert Saleh's defense has allowed an eye-opening 178 yards combined the past two weeks against QBs who once were the top pick in the draft. In those games, the 49ers didn't allow a single passing touchdown while snagging two interceptions and recovering two fumbles from the quarterback.

So, Goff isn't alone when it comes to being gashed by the 49ers' defense. But it certainly was a day to forget against his childhood team.

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

Jimmy Garoppolo balled out in the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday.

For the third time this season, Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes in a game.

In guiding the 49ers to an NFC-best 11-2 record, Garoppolo has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,245 yards. He's thrown 25 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions this season.

While Garoppolo's not in the MVP conversation, he's putting up solid numbers as the 49ers continue to rack up wins. But there is one anonymous NFC offensive coach that still hasn't quite bought into Garoppolo.

"I don’t think he can do it consistently, but he did it today," the coach told The Athletic's Mike Sando after the 49ers beat the Saints. "[Drew] Brees moved down the field and scored. That is what you expect. I didn’t know that Garoppolo would be able to do it, but he did it."

Sando noted that in his annual Quarterback Tiers survey, the coach in question had Garoppolo on the second tier in 2017. Last season, after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Week 3, the coach moved Garoppolo down to the third tier of NFL quarterbacks.

Whether or not Garoppolo is an elite quarterback is up for debate. NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms feels the 49ers quarterback is "really good," but doesn't consider him elite. But what is for certain is that Garoppolo is not a "third tier" quarterback. He doesn't have the gaudy numbers like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, but Garoppolo has a 19-4 career record as a starter in the NFL. That can't be ignored.

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Garoppolo will have another chance to impress the offensive coach Sunday when the 49ers host the Falcons at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

When the Arizona Cardinals waived veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday, 49ers fans instantly wondered if the top team in the NFC would try to claim T-Sizzle.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes Suggs would be a fit for the 49ers due to injuries to Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore and Dee Ford.

But you can lower your expectations, 49ers fans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Suggs would "strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him."

Suggs spent the first 16 years of his NFL career in Baltimore, so it's understandable that the Ravens are the only team he wants to play for.

While it appears Suggs won't be donning a 49ers' uniform, it would still make sense for the 49ers to put in a waiver claim on the 37-year-old.


Assuming Suggs gets through the 30 teams ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order, the 49ers would be wise to try to block the linebacker from going to the Ravens.

After all, the 49ers and Ravens could meet up in Super Bowl LIV, and the last thing San Francisco wants to see is T-Sizzle coming after Jimmy Garoppolo.

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And you never know. Maybe coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch can convince Suggs to play for the 49ers.

Suggs' fate will be decided Monday when teams can put in a waiver claim on him. No matter what happens, the 49ers absolutely should claim him.