No. 1: The 49ers offense
Although the 49ers defense helped on Monday night, the offensive game plan was executed to a tee. They made nearly zero mistakes against one of the most feared defenses in the league.
When it came to the time of possession, the Niners nearly doubled the time the Rams had the football. In large part due to Elijah Mitchell and the running game, who kept the clock running all night long.
When San Francisco needed a big play out of the offense, it made it. None bigger than the 4th-and-5 the 49ers converted into a 40-yard strike to Deebo Samuel for six points. Kyle Shanahan showed a different type of confidence in play calling this game and trusting the offense to stay on the field, and this scenario shows that.
Shanahan again outmatched Rams head coach Sean McVay for the fifth time in a row. It had been a long time since the offense had clicked and got into a rhythm the way it did Monday night.
Shanahan later said in his postgame presser, “That’s how we expect to play, it has been long overdue.”