The 49ers closed the Rams on Monday night in a rematch from last year’s NFC championship game, retaliating with a 24-9 win.
Deebo Samuel and Talanoa Hufanga provided two impulse moves as Samuel scored from 57 yards in the second quarter and Hufanga skipped the fourth-quarter screen that was set to increase Cooper Kupp’s eight-point lead to 15.
San Francisco chased after Rams playmaker Matthew Stafford, recording seven losses in the victory.
Nines are 2-2 now, as are Aries and the rest of NFC West.
Here’s what the 49ers had to say after winning:
I was really lucky for our entire team. It was a fun way to win. We knew it was going to be a battle. Keeping them out of the end zone was great. I thought we had a chance to get away with him, especially with George’s touchdown (which was knocked over). Huf’s sixth pick brought us back to that.
In the game:
Coming up with last week we had to play well and I thought so. Not perfect at all, but he played much better.
On whether he felt Deebo would make a great play this week:
I always feel it from Deebo, regardless of practice. He’s had a good week, but he usually does, especially against them.
In the touchdown game
It was impressive when the ball left the hand on the third raise, it initially looked like a pickaxe. That corner was getting stuck on it… To get Deebo to get off the roll, then do the rest.
At DC DeMeco Ryans
I thought DeMeco did a hell of a job mixing it up. You can’t stick to one thing against such a team, against such a quarterback.
We didn’t convert a third last week. Jimmy took the first ride and he converted like three people, made big kicks and let us keep going. He did a great job at the start of the game and scored a few points for us.
On Hufanga’s touchdown and what impressed him:
Without hesitation. It’s a game they play a lot and we play a lot. it is really scary to have fun – you better be right. … Anyone who has seen him play doesn’t hesitate.
About Hufangi’s intelligent, responsive style:
If you ask people from SC, this was his style, it was similar. He plays very well and the more guys you have the better.
He makes so many big moves and most people do, you give other teams a chance. We talked about that about Brees. I see it with better guys and therefore have a chance to (defensively) play.
About running versus rams:
They had a few guys that are hard to block and these assistants play a little different against us when they go in there … It’s a tough team to fight the ball with, but we had some big ones today that I think was different.
In the case of the protestor:
I saw Bobby Wagner pick someone up. I thought it was fun to see.
On Sourcing Burford to Brunskill:
Brunskill just returned for the first time in about a month. He did a great job against these guys. Spencer also did a great job this month.
After reading the sixth choice:
We were within reach of the men, I was locked up with a strained end, they were shooting screens all night. I’ve seen another release.
On thoughts during the performance:
I turned my head and threw the ball in the face and wasn’t going to lie. I thought Stafford would catch me, he wouldn’t lie.
About what was going on in his head:
I should be more patient and secure the hook. I had these plays in college where I did the att*ck.
About his mentality:
Being around Troy (Polamalu) was a blessing because he sees it from a different perspective. When you do your show work, wonderful things happen.
After moving fast:
If you run and don’t hesitate, you can really make these moves.
We knew it was going to be an ice bag game. Actually, I never heard that term until I got here. Every time we play these guys it’s a physical duel.
About working with Tashaun Gipson:
We are contagious and just feed on ourselves.
In sixth place:
There was a time in the game where it had to happen at some point. And of course it was Huf… Big game in a big moment.
On the Hufanga:
In fact, he just took over his role and ran away with it.
On getting good results:
Each week is only a few days. If you watch how we practice, you won’t be surprised how we perform in games. It is a product of our preparation.
On defeating Baranów in the regular season:
It is always such a fierce duel. We have similar patterns on the offensive and we have such great players on both sides.
About the long touchdown of the Deebo:
Every time he touches the ball, it feels like all of us on the sideline are just holding our breath.
About DeMeco Ryans:
I think DeMeco does a great job with every game. At first, you could see that he was trying to trigger things out to see what would work.
On his touchdown:
Dude just missed the ball. My mentality is that it’s just me and the ball and what happened next is something I’m working on all the time.
On returning after losing the NFC title game:
We knew we didn’t make it last year and we need to win the stacks. One of the things we focused on throughout the week was just to move the ball, run the ball and transform the third gains.
Running and catching:
I just see it as the same. With the ball in my hands, I treat everything like a run.
When landing at Samuel:
I saw him riding it, so I just didn’t want to throw the intercept. I gave him a bit of “either Deebo will get it or no one will” and that’s pretty much all I did in the play. Deebo, it’s fun to watch.
About its convenience:
I will feel better and better with each game. Shoulder, it’s hard to get it right in high season. We have a long season ahead of us.
On whether the last week was longer than usual after the ugly Denver loss:
Oh yes. But when you go through such a hard week, you end up feeling so much better.
In this duel:
Every time we play Aries, it’s an air fight.
On being aggressive, not falling over:
This is the fine line you play. As a quarterback you have a lot of responsibility.
On the third quarter warm-up:
Feel good. I’m just trying to stay free.
On the run:
You just have to be smart when you step into an open field. I would say this is not my forte, so I try to get down quickly.
About the NFC championship:
Already watching this movie you feel emotions. Bosa talked about it one day. the movie is silent, but when you watch it, you return to that emotional state.
On whether he pays attention to the critique of a smile and lip-reading:
Not really, to be completely honest. I really enjoy it. You will always be criticized.
I was 14-9 years old and it’s not that we relaxed on the offensive, but you feel confident in defense. I don’t see a lot of plays, but the plays I watch are hell for a quarterback.
On the big game sense:
We always want the big night, six bags (on the d-line), but we just try to focus on the effort, getting our work done and getting our jobs done.
About Hufanga’s touchdown:
We knew it was going to take such a big game and there is no better time for Huf to play it. We try to repeat it over and over again because that’s how you win… I wanted to pave the way for him, but I was a little tired.
On the defense ceiling:
I think he is the best in the league. This is our attitude every year and this year we have staff for it. Not that we haven’t had this in the past, but on all three tiers, they’re elite players.
Speaking about the NFC championship to his teammates:
I just watched it for the first time this week and watched our effort take another level. And it’s a bit hard to recreate that effort in the playoffs in the game on a regular season. No matter how hard you try it feels like the playoffs will just bring it out, but I think with today’s effort against this team we were able to get it out.
On the Hufanga:
A clever and awesome blitzer. He can do anything on the pitch. His mind is his greatest asset.
On the bags:
I still leave a few in there. One game at a time, and when you have a lot of people around you producing, it’s much easier for you.
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