It was the best performance of the season, but can the San Francisco 49ers capitalize off a 31-10 drubbing of the Los Angeles Rams?
In what is fast becoming a Jekyll and Hyde season for the San Francisco 49ers, the team finds itself back on the upswing with a crushing Week 10 Monday Night Football victory over the archrival Los Angeles Rams.
The 31-10 home win was as legitimate as the scoreline suggests, with the Niners dominating the Rams right from the very beginning. It was a lot like the San Francisco team of a couple of seasons ago, something the fans haven’t seen a lot of in the year-plus since.
Instead of moving to 3-6 and all but conceding their chances of making the playoffs once again, the 49ers move to 4-5 and remain in the thick of the Wild Card race still.
Now, the question is whether or not the team can capitalize and gain some momentum.
The next two games San Francisco has are both very winnable, with the two-win Jacksonville Jaguars still in the midst of a rebuild and the 4-5 Minnesota Vikings in a similar situation to the 49ers.
The Niners offense is picking up steam, with the running and quick passing games working to great effect against a top defense in the Rams. There are still question marks on the defense, but this unit did come through big time in a nationally televised game.
If San Francisco can win the next two games, it’ll have a winning record going into another big rivalry game against the Seattle Seahawks.
It all comes down to the game plan. The 49ers are a running team, mixing in some quick passing and misdirection to bamboozle opposing defenses. The Niners got back to what they do best against the Rams, and it’s not a coincidence it was by far the best performance all season.
It’s been hard to trust the Niners after the hardships of 2020 and the inconsistencies of this season, but this could very well be the turning point for San Francisco. Next up, traveling to Jacksonville and getting back to an even record and a stronger position for the Wild Card race.