Check out in-game photos of the Rams' matchup against the 49ers in San Francisco.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With running back Todd Gurley's three first-half touchdowns, the Rams have a 24-13 lead over the 49ers heading into the break on Thursday Night Football. Here are a few notes from the first 30 minutes of action.
BIG FIRST HALF FOR ROBEY-COLEMAN
Starting in place of cornerback Kayvon Webster, Nickell Robey-Coleman got the Rams off to a great start on defense, getting the team in position to take a touchdown lead within the game's first three plays.
On San Francisco's first offensive snap, Robey-Coleman jumped wide receiver Marquise Goodwin's route to the defense's left, intercepted quarterback Brian Hoyer's pass, and if not for a shoestring tackle, would have made it to end zone for six. The 25-yard return put the offense on San Francisco's three-yard line.
Running back Todd Gurley and the offensive line completed the scoring opportunity in one play. From an I-formation, quarterback Jared Goff handed off to Gurley and the Georgia product muscled his way in for a touchdown.
With 14:48 left in the first quarter, the Rams had a 7-0 lead.
But Robey-Coleman wasn't done, recovering a fumble later in the first quarter to give L.A. an extra possession. On 2nd-and-8 from the Los Angeles 39, running back Raheem Mostert took a carry up the middle, and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker stripped the ball. The fumble bounced a bit down the field, and Robey-Coleman was there to recover it on the L.A. 32.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein connected on a 48-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter, giving L.A. a 17-7 lead.
*COSTLY SPECIAL TEAMS MISTAKES *
Though the defense forced a punt on San Francisco's second offensive drive, the special teams unit jumped offsides on 4th-and-3 to give the Niners a first down.
Hoyer and the offense took advantage of the opportunity, moving down the field for eight more plays. On 3rd-and-4 from the L.A. nine-yard line, Hoyer scrambled to his right, found open grass, and ran in San Francisco's first touchdown of the year.
Then in the second quarter, wide receiver Tavon Austin dropped a punt after calling for a fair catch at Los Angeles' 11-yard line. Niners tight end and long snapper Kyle Nelson was there to recover the loose ball at the bottom of a pile, giving San Francisco a first down deep in L.A. territory.
The defense did a nice job on the sudden change, however, forcing the Niners backwards six yards, inducing them to settle for a 36-yard field goal.
Both defensive lineman Morgan Fox and outside linebacker Matt Longacre recorded sacks on a 49ers drive midway through the second quarter.
On 2nd-and-12 from the Los Angeles 45, Fox was untouched on his way to Hoyer for a five-yard loss.
Later Longacre effectively ended the drive by sacking Hoyer on 3rd-and-4 for a four-yards loss. Hoyer looked like he wanted to scramble up the middle, but Longacre was there to stop the run before it got started.