Jared Goff passed for 292 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley scored three TDs as the Los Angeles Rams held on for a wild 41-39 victory against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday.
The Rams (2-1) ended a three-game losing streak to the 49ers (0-3), who remained winless under new coach Kyle Shanahan. San Francisco trailed 41-26 late in the fourth quarter but two touchdowns cut the deficit and set up a thrilling finale.
Running back Carlos Hyde’s one-yard run pulled the 49ers within 41-39 with 2:13 to go but the two-point attempt failed when nose tackle Michael Brockers intercepted Brian Hoyer’s deflected pass intended for wide receiver Trent Taylor. Gurley rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and caught five passes for 36 yards and a score.
Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught six passes for 106 yards and two TDs, while wideout Robert Woods had six catches for 108 yards. Goff completed 22-of-28 passes with a passer rating of 145.8, while San Francisco quarterback Hoyer completed 23-of-37 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns — his first two as a 49er — and ran for a score. He was intercepted once.
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon caught seven passes for 142 yards for the 49ers. Hyde rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. The Rams stalled at the San Francisco one on their first drive of the second half and settled for Greg Zuerlein’s 19-yard field goal, extending their lead to 27-13 with 9:17 remaining in the third quarter.
San Francisco cut the deficit to 27-20 when Hyde scored on a one-yard blast on fourth-and-goal but the Rams answered with Goff’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins, making it 34-20 entering the fourth quarter.