The 49ers demolished the Rams on Monday Night Football by winning 31-10, and it’s finally nice to have all-around good grades on all sides of the ball.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan finally got back to his roots.
The Niners pulled off an unexpected and surprisingly dominant 31-10 victory over their NFC West division rivals, the Los Angeles Rams, on Monday Night Football in a game where Shanahan’s squad looked like it was competing for the conference’s No. 1 playoff seed and Los Angeles was desperately hoping for a playoff berth.
It’s crazy how the narrative changes, especially considering all the flak Shanahan and Co. received after Week 9’s flop of a loss against backup quarterback Colt McCoy and the Arizona Cardinals.
Shanahan made it clear early he wanted to get back to the run game, cutting down on the number of passes quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had to make while also ensuring a high-powered Rams offense, now featuring superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., didn’t get on the field enough.
Three takeaways from that last statement:
- Beckham was a non-factor
- The Rams committed more mistakes
- San Francisco didn’t turn the ball over
Additionally, the 49ers pulled off their first win at Levi’s Stadium in over a year, while Shanahan continued his dominance over Rams head coach Sean McVay, now having won five in a row dating back to 2019.
Needless to say, the Niners’ position grades from this contest are going to be a bit easier to do after this one-sided Week 10 prime-time upset.