San Francisco 49ers

Report card: 49ers find their punch, but it’s too late

Offense: The team’s first touchdown of 2017 was scored by an unlikely player: quarterback Brian Hoyer, who isn’t much of a runner and who had one career rushing touchdown entering the game. That served as a metaphor. San Francisco’s offense was still a bit off to start the game but broke through late as Hoyer finished with 332 yards as well as his first touchdown passes of the season. Grade: B

Defense: The 49ers showed the effects of playing 79 plays at the Seattle Seahawks four days earlier. They weren’t helped by their continuing trouble on third downs. The Los Angeles Rams had scoring drives of 14, eight, 10 and 10 plays and Todd Gurley rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Grade: D+

Special teams: The 49ers got a huge break in the second quarter when long snapper Kyle Nelson recovered a dropped punt at Los Angeles’ 12-yard line. The 49ers, however, had to settle for a Robbie Gould field goal. He is 6 for 6 on field goals to start the season but missed an extra point that ended up being critical. They came up with a late onside kick but couldn’t turn the possession into a game-winning score. Grade: B

Overall: The 49ers are trying to rebuild themselves as a tough, gritty squad. The Rams, however, beat them at that game for most of the contest as San Francisco seemed to lack intensity and focus early. They also got roughed up on the field, losing three defenders and their fullback to injuries. Grade: C+

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