SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After an almost two-month stretch that featured one win and much too many disappointments, the San Francisco 49ers had been operating out of time to determine an id this season.

A gap 18-play landing drive towards the rival Los Angeles Rams was a reasonably good begin.

Jimmy Garoppolo capped that lengthy drive with the primary of his two landing passes, Jimmie Ward returned certainly one of his two first-quarter interceptions for one more rating and the 49ers beat the Rams 31-10 on Monday night time for his or her first house win in additional than a 12 months.

“It obtained us right into a rhythm for certain,” Garoppolo mentioned. “That’s the way in which we need to do it. Simply operating the ball, changing on third down after which rating on the finish. I don’t need to say it took their soul away but it surely positively did one thing.”

The Niners (4-5) had misplaced 4 of 5 video games and had been at risk of falling out of the playoff race earlier than placing collectively a whole efficiency of their fifth straight win towards the Rams (7-3).

Garoppolo threw TD passes to George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, Samuel additionally ran for a rating and Ward delivered the massive performs defensively to provide San Francisco its second house win prior to now two seasons. The opposite additionally got here towards the Rams on Oct. 18, 2020.

It began on the bottom, the place coach Kyle Shanahan had set an audacious objective of 40 carries that the Niners exceeded with 44 runs for 156 yards.

“I nearly regretted it as a result of it’s robust to do,” Shanahan mentioned. “I’m glad I set it. We got here via with it. It’s an enormous workforce objective.”

San Francisco had its most rushes in a regular-season recreation in 9 years. The Niners used an analogous system two years in the past after they made it to the Tremendous Bowl.

Final week, San Francisco had 11 carries for 39 yards in a 31-17 loss to Arizona.

“If you wish to set up any sort of dominance, particularly within the trenches, I believe that’s essential,” left sort out Trent Williams mentioned. “You bought to run the ball and obtained to make your opponents respect it.”

The Niners sealed the sport when Garoppolo related on a 40-yard TD to Samuel on fourth-and-6 early within the fourth quarter that made it 31-7.

Garoppolo completed 15 for 19 for 182 yards and the 2 TDs.

The Rams misplaced for the second straight week with Matthew Stafford as soon as once more throwing two interceptions, together with one returned for a landing.

Los Angeles struggled to get into any rhythm offensively within the first recreation after receiver Robert Woods went down with a season-ending knee harm final week in observe.

“This was a humbling night time for us as a workforce, and an incredible alternative for us to have the ability to take a deep breath, step away, have a look at the issues that we have to appropriate, notably offensively during the last couple of weeks,” coach Sean McVay mentioned.

Odell Beckham Jr. made his Los Angeles debut after signing final week however had solely two catches for 18 yards.

Just lately acquired edge rusher Von Miller additionally performed for the primary time with the Rams and had three tackles however didn’t put strain on Garoppolo.

Stafford went 26 for 41 for 243 yards with one TD, two interceptions and practically a 3rd that Ok’Waun Williams trapped on his bottom solely to have it wiped off by a penalty.

TAKE IT AWAY

Ward intercepted Stafford on Los Angeles’ first two drives of the sport after coming into the night time with two INTs in 85 video games and none since 2016.

The primary got here on a deep heave by Stafford to Beckham that went proper to Ward. The following got here on a fast throw that tight finish Tyler Higbee bobbled proper into Ward’s arms, resulting in a 27-yard TD return.

Ward grew to become the seventh participant since 2000 with two interceptions, together with a pick-6, within the first quarter.

KEEP IT AWAY

The Niners did an excellent job protecting the ball away from Stafford within the first half. They’d an 18-play, 93-yard drive that took 11:03 off the clock after Ward’s first interception. It was capped by an 8-yard TD move from Garoppolo to Kittle.

That was the second opening drive of no less than 18 performs prior to now eight seasons, with Houston doing it earlier this 12 months towards New England.

San Francisco then had an 11-play, 91-yard drive on its second possession capped by Samuel’s 8-yard run to take a 21-7 lead.

FAKE IT

McVay made a curious determination when he known as for a faux area objective on fourth-and-8 from the 17 with 18 seconds left within the first half.

Holder Johnny Hekker accomplished a 2-yard move to Kendall Blanton that was effectively in need of the primary down.

INJURED

Rams: RB Darrell Henderson left within the first quarter to be evaluated for a concussion however returned late within the first half.

49ers: RT Jaylon Moore (knee) left the sport within the first half.

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