Comprehensive win marks official passing of the NFC West torch from the Rams to the 49ers

Niners sent a statement to NFL with a 20-7 win over the NFC champs

Tommy Call
October 13, 2019 - 5:45 pm

The San Francisco 49ers are now 5-0, but they haven’t gotten the respect of a true undefeated team in the NFL. Why? “They’ve played no one,” was a common narrative floating around the 49ers. That changed in Los Angeles.

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To be the best you have to beat the best and the 49ers did just that with a 20-7 win against the back-to-back NFC West champs. They didn’t just squeak out a win, they walked into the Los Angeles Coliseum and punched the defending NFC Champions in the mouth. 

Rookie Nick Bosa knew the magnitude of the victory. 

"This is the win right here," Bosa said. "This is the opportunity we’ve been waiting for, to make a statement in our division. We’re in the driver’s seat now."

A win against the Rams without both their starting offensive tackles and fullback validated the 49ers' claim as a true undefeated team. Today’s win stamped the 49ers' arrival as a team on a path to the playoffs.

This was as good as a statement win as it gets. After winning their 5th straight game and third road victory, The 49ers sent a message to the rest of the NFL that they are for real and here to stay. 

The Rams had 9 full days to prepare while the 49ers were on a short week, but this game looked reversed. Sean McVay and Jared Goff looked overwhelmed by the 49ers' headliner defense. Goff had a career-low 78 yards passing while the Rams offense went 0-9 on 3rd down conversions. 

“That’s pretty awesome,” said George Kittle with a big smile on his face after hearing the 49ers didn’t let the Rams convert a 3rd down attempt. Adding to that the 49ers stopped the Rams on four 4th-down attempts. 

It’s the same story just a different opponent when it comes to the 49ers defense. They held the Rams offense to only 165 yards of total offense. Sacked Goff four times and forced two turnovers. The 49ers defense limited the Rams offense to one of the worst games in the McVay Era. 

After the game, Kittle said “there’s nothing more I love to do than watching our D-line play,” 

49ers fans everywhere agree. The LA Coliseum was overrun with 49er red and the players took notice, 

"It turned into a home game pretty quickly. It's awesome seeing the Faithful travel like that. I've never seen anything like it." said Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers now have a 3-game lead in the loss column against the Rams. A victory like the 49ers had today leaves naysayers with little ammo to question the team's legitimacy. This officially marked the passing of the torch in the NFC West from the Rams to the 49ers. 

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