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49ers Defense Hold Down Rams

(LOS ANGELES) What a season so-far for these 49ers.

And yes, so far as they have a lot to fix.

Such as the two redzone interception thrown by Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2nd quarter, his fumble in the money period, and leaving as many as 17 points on the field.

But all-in-all, 5-0 is 5-0.

The 49ers defense responded to being short-handed on offense by stopping the Rams thrice on fourth down en route to a 20-7 win at the Coliseum.

With injuries to Kyle Juszczyk and Mike McGlinchey, Joe Staley still dealing with a broken leg, the 49ers were forced to rely on their passing game. And Garoppolo for the most part delivered.

Behind 243 passing yards, 331 total yards, and a very aggressive secondary, the San Francisco 49ers moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1990 when they appeared in the NFC Championship Game.

After the Rams broke on top 7-0 in the first quarter, the Niners took over. Tevin Coleman raced around the left end for a 2-yard touchdown to even the game.

It looked like San Fran was ready to sieze the lead, but a bad pass from Garoppolo tured into an interception and kept the game tied. Robbie Gould missed a 55-yard field goal as the half ended and the game was even at the half.

The 49ers finally took control of the game on the scoreboard as they grabbed a fumble on a missed pitch and Garoppolo cashed in on a quarterback sneak giving them the lead 14-7.

Robbie Gould added two field goals for the final margin. But this game belonged to the defense holding the high-powered Ram passing attack to a season-low 56 yards. The Rams only gained 139 yards for the game.

Photo Courtesy AP

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