GALLERY: 49ers overmatched, fall to 2-6 with loss to Rams
Ready to go
49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite gets his teammates fired up prior to the game against the Rams on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.
49ers strike first
The 49ers received the opening kickoff and moved the ball 44 yards on nine plays, but settled for a 54-yard field goal from Phil Dawson to take a 3-0 lead.
Reggie Bush, who received the start at running back with Carlos Hyde out of action, sustained a left knee injury in the first quarter when he slipped on the concrete behind the 49ers' bench after running out of bounds. He was carted to the locker room.
Rams' D steps up
On the play where Bush got hurt, the 49ers were called for multiple penalties, pinning them close to their goal line. Rookie Mike Davis was tasked with trying to get them out of danger, but one his third rushing attempt, the Rams tackled him before he could get out of the end zone, resulting in a safety. The 49ers led 3-2 after the first quarter.
Gurley busts out
After gaining just 15 yards on his first six carries, Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley found a hole in the 49ers defense early in the second quarter and motored for a 71-yard touchdown run. The Rams converted on the 2-point conversion to take a 10-3 lead. Gurley finished with 133 yards on 20 carries.
Rams extend lead
Greg Zuerlein added a 38-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to push the Rams' lead to 13-3.
Dawson adds another FG
Right before halftime, the 49ers put together a solid drive and moved the ball all the way to the Rams' 7-yard line. The highlight of the drive was a 33-yard completion from Colin Kaepernick to Quinton Patton. But the 12-play, 73-yard sequence ended with a 26-yard field goal by Phil Dawson to cut the deficit to 13-6.
Rams strike before halftime
The Rams didn't sit on their lead. In 1:35, they moved the ball 80 yards on seven plays and capped it off with a 2-yard touchdown run from Tavon Austin to push the lead to 20-6 just before halftime. They took that lead into the locker room.
Busy day for Pinion
Rookie punter Bradley Pinion was pressed into service a lot Sunday. The fifth-round pick booted the ball nine times for 424 yards, but suffered a calf injury during the fourth quarter and replaced by place kicker Phil Dawson.
The 49ers offense never found a rhythm in a 27-6 loss to the Rams Sunday. Colin Kaepernick completed 20-of-41 passes for 162 yards and his 28 rushing yards led the team.
The Rams put the final nail in the coffin Sunday when Tavon Austin caught a pass from Nick Foles and took it 66 yards to the house to St. Louis up 27-6, the eventual final score.