Grades, analysis from 49ers ‘get right’ win over division rival Rams

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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In Week 4, the 49ers needed to right the ship, and they did just that with a 24-9 win over the Rams. Here are grades from their statement performance.

The San Francisco 49ers were in as precarious a position a team could be in Week 4: down major players due to injuries, 1-2 after a disappointing (to say the least) loss, and in danger of having their trajectory as conference contenders heavily diminished.

They needed to right the ship.

On paper, it was a bad team to face: the 2-1 defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, fresh off an easy victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

But the Niners have always gotten themselves back on track against the Rams in the regular season, and this Week 4 matchup was no different.

The Rams marched down the field with relative ease on their first drive but scored only a field goal, bested by San Francisco’s own opening drive that ended with a Jeff Wilson Jr. touchdown.

From there, the story of the game was the 49ers defense coming to play and the offense being able to shoulder its weight.

A highlight touchdown by Deebo Samuel gave the Niners an eight-point lead, a margin they would keep for the majority of the game until Talanoa Hufanga picked off Matthew Stafford to put San Francisco up double digits.

It was the blueprint that the 49ers knew they would follow this year: a championship-caliber defense being augmented with an efficient and capable offense.

Here’s how the position groups graded from the game.