49ers and Rams put on a show last night, to everyone's surprise.
The San Francisco 49ers hosted the Los Angeles Rams last night for Thursday Night Football to kickoff Week 3, and to everybody's surprise the game was wildly entertaining. Especially if you're a Todd Gurley, Carlos Hyde, Sammy Watkins or Pierre Garcon fantasy football owner.
But even if you had no stake in the game, the 49ers and Rams had football fans, regardless of their allegiance, on the edge of their seats.
The 49ers put up 19 points in the fourth quarter and recovered an onside kick late in the game to put the team within striking distance of field goal range. Trailing by two and the ball at midfield, 49ers QB Brian Hoyer found rookie receiver Trent Taylor for an apparent 11-yard gain and what would've been a first down at the Rams' 39-yard line. However, Taylor was flagged for offensive pass interference. Two plays later, Aaron Donald sacked Hoyer to secure LA's 41-39 victory.
Check out the controversial offensive pass interference call below.
Controversial Offensive Pass Interference Call on Trent Taylor pic.twitter.com/vn6HXZOf3H— Heart of NFL (@HeartofNFL) September 22, 2017
Both teams combined for 10 touchdowns last night, and 80 total points, as the Rams escaped with a W, improving to 2-1 on the season. The 49ers are still searching for their first win of the season.
Check out some of the reactions to the unexpectedly wild Thursday Night Football game below.
Rams-49ers is an entertaining shoot-out on Thursday Night Football.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 22, 2017
DID I REALLY JUST TYPE THAT SENTENCE?!
Excellent game on #ThursdayNightFootball— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) September 22, 2017
An extremely fun #TNF game silences the haters, at least for the night.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 22, 2017
This is the highest scoring game in #TNF history (80 combined points so far)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 22, 2017
Previous: 73 points (Chargers 38, 49ers 35 in Week 16, 2014)
Rams’ RB Todd Gurley is the first player since Calvin Johnson in 2011 to score 6 touchdowns in the first 3 games of the season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2017
Todd Gurley now has 6 touchdowns in 2017.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 22, 2017
He had 6 touchdowns in all of 2016.
Wow. Todd Gurley is running the football with authority, man. There's nothing girly about this guy. Just call him Todd Manly— Jon Gruden (@Faux_Gruden) September 22, 2017
Everyone with Todd Gurley on their fantasy football team pic.twitter.com/Sd1QApLlJ0— NFL Pred (13-18) (@Richardjadkins) September 22, 2017
Playing against Todd Gurley this week?... pic.twitter.com/V8e7pCumwK— ESPN FantasyFauxball (@ESPNFauxball) September 22, 2017
41 = points scored by the Rams last night.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 22, 2017
42 = total points scored this year by the Bengals, Texans, and Giants. Combined.
Goff in the redzone in 2017: 7-7, 5 TDs.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 22, 2017
First play INT✅— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 22, 2017
Missed 2pt conversion✅
One of the biggest misses in over/under history last night. Public pounded the under.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 22, 2017
Over/Under was 40.5
Rams alone scored 41.
Three games into his tenure Sean McVay has the same number of 40 point games (2) with the Rams as Jeff Fisher did from 2012-2016.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 22, 2017