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.

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Josh Garnett's NFL career has hit another snag.

The former 49ers first-round pick was cut by the Detroit Lions over the weekend as the team reduces the roster to 80 players. Garnett signed with Detroit in February after spending the 2019 season out of the NFL.

San Francisco traded up to select Garnett at No. 28 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, as the Stanford product was one of the nation's top offensive lineman. Garnett won the Outland Trophy in his senior season with the Cardinal, given annually to the NCAA's best interior lineman.

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Garnett started 11 games as a rookie with the 49ers, but was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury just prior to the start of the 2017 season. Garnett was unable to secure a starting spot in 2018 and played just seven games.

After denying his fifth-year option, the 49ers made Garnett one of the organization's final cuts before the 2019 campaign.

Just 26 years old, it remains to be seen where Garnett might find his next home in the NFL.

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49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

The 49ers are scheduled to open the 2020 NFL season on Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.

They will compete head-to-head against the teams on their 16-game regular-season schedule, but 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey also is mindful that all players – even those on different teams – are on the same side in trying to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Typically, almost anything goes in the midst of a pileup at the line of scrimmage, where the same defensive linemen and offensive linemen might be waging one-on-one battles in close quarters for more than 60 snaps a game.

This season, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more might be at stake on game days than just the outcome of a football game.

“You really hope guys are really pros about everything that’s going on this season because it’s not just your teammates and your teammates’ families,” McGlinchey said Monday in a video call with Bay Area reporters. “Once you start playing games, you’re affecting the entire league at that point.

“Hopefully, everybody can have the discipline and control and the accountability to one another that we can make this thing move as smoothly as possible, especially in the trenches when we are up close and personal.”

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The hopes of the NFL being able to carry out an entire season will be contingent on teams reducing the spread of the virus. Oakley has developed a clear plastic face shield designed to block the direct path of droplets while allowing for airflow and soundwaves for communication.

McGlinchey said he will try it out at some point in training camp once helmets are allowed during practices, but he will not switch to the new protective device if he believes it hinders his ability to breathe.

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