By: KABIR SIHOTA
After a blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins, the San Francisco 49ers spent this week hammering home the need for a sense of urgency Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
Lest their 2020 season slip away before they reach the halfway point, the Niners and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made it clear from the game’s first possession that this week would be different.
With coach Kyle Shanahan pressing the right buttons, Garoppolo shaking off his halftime benching from last week, and a stingy defense, the Niners jumped to an early lead and held on for a 24-16 bounce-back win against the Rams on Sunday night.
“When you get embarrassed like that, you can find out a lot about your team,” Shanahan said. “I was very impressed with the character of our team and the way they carried themselves and the way they came out to practice on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and the way they responded to all of us getting embarrassed. They tried to get better this week and not worry about anything else, and usually when you do that, you can put together those types of practices; usually, the results are better, and I’m glad that they were because I thought they earned it throughout the week and today.”
The 49ers improved to 3-3 on the season with the win, which was also their first at Levi’s Stadium this season. They also avoided becoming the first losing team from the Super Bowl to have a record below .500 through six games since the 2016 Carolina Panthers.