3. In the second quarter, the Rams drove the ball down to the 49ers goal line. San Francisco’s defense came up big, managing to stuff running back Malcolm Brown on four-straight rushing attempts including a goal line stand to force a turnover on downs. San Francisco has allowed just one rushing touchdown through five contests, with the only score coming on the Rams first drive of the game, an end around from Jared Goff to Robert Woods for an 8-yard touchdown.
“That goal line stop, I look at it like as a turnover,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. “You completely swing momentum. The grit and fight that those guys have to be able to stand up there, get that push. It just shows the will of this football team. Where they had the same situation and our guys were able to push on a quarterback sneak to get that touchdown. Where we are able to push and keep them out of the end zone. Right now our guys have a great mindset.”
4. More on San Francisco’s defense. The 49ers allowed just seven points on the day, 165 yards of total offense, 10 first downs and held the Rams to 0-9 on third down conversions, all the fewest in the Sean McVay era. Los Angeles was limited to just 3.1 yards per play, the lowest average in Rams franchise history, and were held scoreless following their opening drive. Coming off of back-to-back games of 395 and 490 passing yards, San Francisco’s defense limited the quarterback to just 56 yards passing on Sunday, also the lowest of McVay’s coaching.
“I’m very happy with how we’ve played,” Kyle Shanahan said postgame. “We’re 5-0 which is a great thing. We’re not playing our best ball. We can do a lot of things better than that. Seemed like our defense played at an extremely high level, obviously minus the first drive. We can continue to get better on offense. We can continue to get better on special teams. I also think our defense is just getting started too.”
San Francisco managed to hold Los Angeles scoreless following their opening drive.