49ers takeaways: What we learned in 39-10 loss to Rams

49ers takeaways: What we learned in 39-10 loss to Rams


SANTA CLARA -- Just six days after suffering a dramatic, agonizing defeat, there was very little drama as the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game Sunday.

Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes, and Todd Gurley ran for two scores, as the Los Angeles Rams remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team with a 39-10 victory over the turnover-prone 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

The Rams improved to 7-0, while the 49ers fall to 1-6.

The game was a stark contrast to the 49ers’ game Monday night in Green Bay, where they let a late lead slip away in a 33-30 loss to the Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. On Sunday, the 49ers simply were blown away.

Here are three takeaways from a game that again featured a disastrous number of 49ers’ giveaways:

Giving away any chance at victory

The Rams are one of the NFL's more talented teams, so the 49ers needed to play a near-perfect game to have any hope of an upset. Certainly, the 49ers would have given themselves a chance with a favorable turnover margin.

But the 49ers have been the worst team in the league when it comes to giving away the ball. And, on defense, they’ve been the worst at taking it away.

The team’s futility at taking care of the football was on full display against the Rams. The 49ers committed three turnovers in the first half, and Los Angeles cashed in on those miscues with 17 points.

C.J. Beathard and Matt Breida lost fumbles, and Beathard threw a second-quarter interception on a pass intended for Marquise Goodwin. On the flip side, 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt allowed a rare Jared Goff ill-advised pass to slip through his hands in the first quarter.

Beathard threw an interception in the second half, as the Rams cashed in another touchdown. The Rams scored 24 points off turnovers and added another five points with a safety and a field goal after the ensuring free kick.

Since Antone Exum opened the Sept. 30 game with an interception return for a touchdown against Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, the 49ers have committed 14 turnovers without a takeaway.

Coming off a solid showing Monday in Green Bay, Beathard completed 15 of 27 passes for 170 yards with one TD and two interceptions this time. He was sacked seven times -- four times by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald -- and lost a fumble.

Short-handed in the secondary

The 49ers’ starting cornerbacks in Week 6 were not available Sunday because of injuries. Richard Sherman was inactive with a calf injury, and Jimmie Ward was held out with a hamstring strain.

The injuries continued for 49ers defensive backs Sunday when Adrian Colbert sustained a lower right leg injury in the third quarter. He did not return, though the injury appeared it was not as serious as originally feared, as Colbert returned to the sideline.

Rookie D.J. Reed replaced Colbert. In the first half, Reed took over at nickel back for several plays when K’Waun Williams appeared to aggravate a shoulder injury. Williams was listed as questionable for the game on the 49ers’ official injury report.

The 49ers started Ahkello Witherspoon and Greg Mabin at cornerback in place of Sherman and Ward. Witherspoon was cleared through the league’s concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury upon colliding with Mabin on the Packers’ game-winning field goal on the final play of regulation last Monday.

Bringing 49ers of the past together

The 49ers' highlight of the day occurred four hours before kickoff when the team unveiled statues of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana outside Gate A at Levi’s Stadium to commemorate “The Catch.”

The ceremony was in conjunction with a reunion of the 49ers’ last Super Bowl-winning team, which came following the 1994 season. Former coach George Seifert spoke at halftime and was lifted into the air by some of the players after concluding his speech.

Many 49ers greats of all generations -- including Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Steve Young and Terrell Owens -- were in attendance.

On Saturday night, three former 49ers -- Brent Jones, John Taylor and Steve Wallace -- addressed the current team.

Kentavius Street, Jason Verrett only 49ers options to return from IR

Kentavius Street, Jason Verrett only 49ers options to return from IR

SANTA CLARA -- The list of 49ers on injured reserve who remain as possibilities to return to play later this season seemingly has been reduced to the maximum number of two.

Coach Kyle Shanahan essentially has ruled out the possibilities of wide receivers Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd from playing this season.

That leaves defensive lineman Kentavius Street and cornerback Jason Verrett as the only players who have chances of being activated off injured reserve before the end of the season.

“Those are guys that are working hard to get back and if we definitely had an injury at a certain spot, we’d probably make that decision sooner than later,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan said the 49ers intend to get both players on the practice field to give them chances to earn their way back onto the team’s 53-man roster.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring two players off injured reserve to return to action in the same season. Once a player begins practice, the club has a maximum of three weeks to activate the player to the 53-man roster, keep the player on injured reserve for the entirety of the season or release the player.

Taylor sustained a Jones fracture in his right foot in the second week of training camp and underwent surgery before the team’s first preseason game. He experienced complications from the surgery that have prevented him from being available at any point this season.

Hurd, a third-round draft pick from Baylor, had an impressive preseason debut against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 10 with two touchdown receptions but he has not appeared in a game since due to a stress reaction in his back. Shanahan suggested on Monday that Hurd will remain on injured reserve for the remainder of his rookie season.

“I don’t know if we’ve 100-percent ended that, but it has not been looking good, so that’s kind of out of sight, out of mind for me right now,” Shanahan said. “We might have more of an answer on that later in this week to just finalize that.”

When asked if that meant that Hurd would remain on injured reserve, Shanahan answered, “Yes, ultimately, that he won’t return. But, yeah, I know it’s been week-to-week here. We’ve been thinking about it, and I’m not thinking about it right now.”

Street and Verrett are eligible to begin practice, but the 49ers might wait until Week 14, Shanahan said.

Street sat out his entire rookie season after sustaining a torn ACL in a pre-draft workout. He underwent a follow-up arthroscopic knee surgery in late-August that landed him on injured reserve. The 49ers selected Street in the fourth round of the 2018 draft out of North Carolina State.

The 49ers placed Verrett, 28, on injured reserve on Oct. 3 with a knee condition after he appeared in one game this season. The 49ers signed Verrett to a one-year contract in the offseason.

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Shanahan said Street and Verrett remain as options to return to the active roster this season if the 49ers need another defensive lineman or cornerback due to injuries later in the season.

“They’re getting healthy,” Shanahan said. “I think both of them are going to have an opportunity to do that. It’s not something we’d do right now, but definitely could be an option if we have any injuries at either of those positions.”

Jerry Rice predicts 49ers go undefeated vs. Packers, Ravens, Saints

Jerry Rice predicts 49ers go undefeated vs. Packers, Ravens, Saints

For the second straight week, the end of a 49ers game came down to the wire. On Sunday, however, San Francisco bounced back with a wild 36-26 win over the Cardinals after a heartbreaking loss to the Seahawks the week before. 

The back half of the 49ers' schedule continues to get tougher, too, starting with a clash against the Packers this Sunday. It doesn't get any easier after that. 

The 49ers are ramping up for an incredibly tough three-game stretch against the Packers (8-2), Ravens (8-2) and Saints (8-2), with the final two being on the road. Jerry Rice isn't worried, though. 

"They gonna win them all," Rice predicted Monday on 95.7 The Game

Rice has continued to claim the 49ers will win the Super Bowl throughout this season. Even after showing cracks in their armor against the Seahawks and Cardinals, he isn't wavering. 

The greatest to ever catch a football believes in this year's 49ers. 

"The Niners are going to do it, man," Rice continued. "I'm serious. They're going to find a way. Yeah, they've got a big task coming up with the Packers, but this team is going to rise to the occasion, and they're going to get the job done."

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Rice says the key to beating the Packers will be a fast start from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the rest of the 49ers. While Jimmy G joined Joe Montana and Steve Young in record books against Arizona with over 400 yards passing and four touchdowns, he threw two more interceptions. 

If Garoppolo and the rest of the 49ers get sloppy in a heated battle with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, it could be a long night at Levi's Stadium to start this three-game stretch against serious contenders. Rice, for one, doesn't seem too concerned about that.