The 49ers are 2-0 before their first home game of the 2023 season.
They beat the Rams 30-23 on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, using two second-half interceptions to win a tight game against their division rivals.
Brock Purdy finished 17-of-25 passing without a touchdown or an interception. Christian McCaffrey rushed for 116 yards on 20 attempts, while Deebo Samuel made six catches for 63 yards and added a touchdown on a quick screen that was technically counted as a run.
Those two interceptions came from cornerbacks Isaiah Oliver, who made a juggling catch on a deflected pass inside 49ers’ territory, and Deommodore Lenoir, who jumped a route in the fourth quarter to stop a potential game-tying drive before it got started.
The Niners turned both interceptions into field goals on the ensuing possessions, as rookie Jake Moody made all three of his attempts, including a 57-yarder.
Here’s what Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers had to say after the game:
On Aiyuk’s injury:
I know he was hurting a little bit but he was able to play through it so it’ll be all right.
On what made the difference:
What sealed it and what allowed us to separate ourselves was the two turnovers. … I was just pumped with the way we finished.
On Purdy’s misses:
Besides those three misses, which none of them were easy, he took care of the football.
On why he went for it to end the first half:
We were so close. They were also scoring a lot of points, so we needed points at the time and we also believed we could do it.
On Bosa’s quiet day til the end:
I saw him make a number of plays at the end, I thought he pressured him sometimes.
On the defensive playcalling:
I thought Steve did a good job of mixing it up, you know, especially at the end there, being aggressive.
On the Rams:
We watched the film from last week, and that quarterback’s still just as good as he’s always been and so is Aaron Donald, and like we saw last week, they’re coached very well. They got some new schemes and I know they’ve changed some players from the past, but there’s still some Hall of Famers out there who are playing at a high level.
On Donald, who had no tackles:
We just committed everything to him because if you don’t, he wrecks everything.
On getting better:
We got a long way to go. I thought we did last week, too. Hopefully we got a little bit better this week and will continue throughout the year.
On the Rams’ offense:
I just think it all started with Stafford. Just him getting so hot there at the beginning and especially the way they came out on that opening drive, kind of attacking our zones, and looking pretty effortless at it. … He did a good job keeping us off balance and that once we tightened it up a little bit in the second half, things started to go better.
On the playcalling to end the first half:
We didn’t have any timeouts, so running the …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment