The SF 49ers pulled off a much-needed 24-16 Week 6 win over the LA Rams, and Jimmy Garoppolo returned to his level of excellent play.
If there ever was a must-need win for the SF 49ers this early in the season, Week 6 proved to be it.
Following a disastrous and embarrassing home loss the previous Sunday to the Miami Dolphins, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad pulled off an impressive 24-16 Sunday Night Football win over the Los Angeles Rams, who were the first team to be favored over the Niners this season.
San Francisco getting off to a hot start helped, prompted by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo bouncing back from being benched in Week 5. His three-touchdown effort over the first half was a pretty good indication he recovered enough from the high-ankle sprain that was plaguing him a week ago.
But Garoppolo’s efforts were only part of the whole story, as the SF 49ers run game, defense and special teams all contributed with key plays in the victory.
Some of those plays included limiting Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who wasn’t much of a factor despite arguably being the best defensive player in the league right now.
Give credit to the Niners offensive line against Donald despite this unit receiving plenty of criticism over the first five weeks of the season.
Despite suffering even more injuries, Shanahan managed to navigate what looked like a complete game plan, and San Francisco dominated the time-of-possession battle 37:55 to 22:05, which proved to be a major factor in the SF 49ers getting their first win at Levi’s Stadium this season.
Needless to say, the position grades for Shanahan’s squad deserve to be awfully good.