Nov 15, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs for a touchdown past Los Angeles Rams cornerback Robert Rochell (31) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers dominate time of possession, rout Rams

Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes and the San Francisco 49ers played keep-away en route to a resounding 31-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night at Santa Clara, Calif.

Deebo Samuel caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another score and George Kittle added a touchdown reception as San Francisco (4-5) held the ball for 39 minutes, three seconds. Jimmie Ward recorded two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown as the 49ers beat the NFC West-rival Rams for the fifth straight time.

Matthew Stafford completed 26 of 41 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Los Angeles (7-3), which dropped its second straight game. Tyler Higbee caught a touchdown pass for the Rams.

Odell Beckham Jr. caught two passes for 18 yards while playing sparingly in his first game since joining the Rams. Cooper Kupp matched his season high of 11 catches, good for 122 yards.

Garoppolo completed 15 of 19 passes for 182 yards as San Francisco won at home for the first time in five attempts this season. Los Angeles dropped to 4-1 on the road.

The 49ers outgained the Rams 335 yards to 278 while winning for just the second time in their past seven games. Samuel had five receptions for 97 yards and rushed five times for 36 yards, and Elijah Mitchell gained 91 yards on 27 carries.

San Francisco set the tone quickly after Ward grabbed his first pick of Stafford just 2:03 into the game.

The 49ers possessed the ball for 11:03 while navigating 93 yards on 18 plays. San Francisco ran the ball 13 times and Garoppolo went 5-for-5 passing, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kittle with 1:54 left in the quarter.

Just 65 seconds later, the 49ers held a 14-0 lead. Higbee failed to catch Stafford’s short pass and the ball caromed to Ward, who returned the pick 27 yards for a touchdown.

Los Angeles got on the board with 13:16 left in the half when Stafford tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Higbee. The 49ers answered with another marathon excursion, and Samuel scored on an 8-yard run to cap an 11-play, 91-yard drive that took 7:52.

San Francisco increased its lead to 24-7 on Robbie Gould’s 50-yard field goal with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter. The 49ers put the game away in the fourth quarter when Garoppolo teamed with Samuel on a 40-yard touchdown on fourth-and-6 to make it 31-7 with 11:07 left in the contest.

The Rams’ Matt Gay kicked a 37-yard field goal with 3:48 left.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans  in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams strongly supported favorites at 49ers

The bad news for the San Francisco 49ers is that they are 0-4 at home this season while the Los Angeles Rams are 4-0 on the road.

The good news is this: San Francisco has beaten the Rams four consecutive times.

The 49ers (3-5) desperately need to run that streak to five when they entertain the Rams (7-2) on Monday night at Santa Clara, Calif.

The action has been lopsided toward Los Angeles as a 3.5-point favorite. The Rams are being backed by 89 percent of both the bets and spread-line money at DraftKings, while the lined moved from 4.0 points at DraftKings despite 87 percent of the bets and 84 percent of the money backing Los Angeles.

AI-driven analytics company Quarter4 has forecast the Rams with a 56 percent chance of winning Monday night.

While Los Angeles is battling the Arizona Cardinals (8-2) for the NFC West lead, division rival San Francisco is trying to save its season.

The 49ers lost 31-17 at home to the Cardinals last weekend, leading to an increase of the frustration level.

A season that started with two consecutive wins has disintegrated into one in which the 49ers would fall three games below .500 if they can’t slay the Rams, a go-for-broke team that signed wideout Odell Beckham Jr. on Thursday.

“I definitely think there’s a big hunger to win,” San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “I think there’s a huge sense of urgency. … There’s a different type of disappointment, a different type of frustration. But the hunger, the energy, that’s all still there.”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has passed for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games. He knows the chatter is marking the 49ers as underachievers.

“Well, our expectations are very high, so I think that leads to the more of a disappointing feeling,” Garoppolo said, “but that is a good thing in a way. And I know it sounds weird to say, but when you are progressing as a team, as an organization, you start getting better, your expectations start going higher and that’s the way you want to trend.

“And so, when you do have losses and things like that, it hurts.”

The Rams endured a painful result last weekend when they lost 28-16 to the Tennessee Titans.

One of Los Angeles’ two touchdowns came with 24 seconds left to make the outcome look closer than it was.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford accepted blame for the setback, and coach Sean McVay is looking for a bounce-back performance.

“We have to play cleaner football,” McVay said. “I want to see what we learn from our response. The last time we had a setback, I liked how we responded.”

McVay was referring to a 26-17 road win over the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 7, which occurred four days after a 37-20 home loss to the Cardinals.

Stafford leads the NFL with 2,771 passing yards and ranks second with 23 touchdown passes. The Rams rank fourth in total offense (399.3 yards per game) and fifth in scoring offense (29 points per game).

Yet that didn’t stop them from securing the services of Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who wore out his welcome with the Cleveland Browns.

Beckham has 504 career receptions for 7,062 yards and 51 touchdowns in 88 career games. He will be added to the mix that includes star wideout Cooper Kupp, who leads the NFL with 74 catches, 1,019 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. And his addition comes just in time as Robert Woods (45 catches for 556 and four scores) sustained a torn ACL in practice on Friday and is out for the season.

“You don’t ever replace a player like Robert Woods, but you do have to adjust and adapt accordingly,” McVay said, “because him, Cooper … What these guys have been able to do is very unique in all the different ways they contribute to the offense, not exclusive to when they touch the ball.”

Linebacker Von Miller (ankle), another recent high-level Rams acquisition, was limited in practice on Saturday, as was center Brian Allen (elbow). Both were listed as questionable for the game.

Ruled out for San Francisco were safety Tavon Wilson (foot), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle), defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (calf), receiver Mohamed Sanu (knee) and running back JaMycal Hasty (ankle). Defensive backs Josh Norman and Jimmie Ward (quadriceps), as well as defensive lineman Arden Key (oblique), was listed as questionable.

The 49ers placed right tackle Mike McGlinchey (torn quadriceps) on injured reserve earlier this week.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the ball during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

49ers need to reverse home form vs. Rams

The bad news for the San Francisco 49ers is that they are 0-4 at home this season while the Los Angeles Rams are 4-0 on the road.

The good news is this: San Francisco has beaten the Rams four consecutive times.

The 49ers (3-5) desperately need to run that streak to five when they entertain the Rams (7-2) on Monday night at Santa Clara, Calif.

While Los Angeles is battling the Arizona Cardinals (8-1) for the NFC West lead, division rival San Francisco is trying to save its season.

The 49ers lost 31-17 at home to the Cardinals last weekend, leading to an increase of the frustration level.

A season that started with two consecutive wins has disintegrated into one in which the 49ers would fall three games below .500 if they can’t slay the Rams, a go-for-broke team that signed wideout Odell Beckham Jr. on Thursday.

“I definitely think there’s a big hunger to win,” San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “I think there’s a huge sense of urgency. … There’s a different type of disappointment, a different type of frustration. But the hunger, the energy, that’s all still there.”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has passed for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games. He knows the chatter is marking the 49ers as underachievers.

“Well, our expectations are very high, so I think that leads to the more of a disappointing feeling,” Garoppolo said, “but that is a good thing in a way. And I know it sounds weird to say, but when you are progressing as a team, as an organization, you start getting better, your expectations start going higher and that’s the way you want to trend.

“And so, when you do have losses and things like that, it hurts.”

The Rams endured a painful result last weekend when they lost 28-16 to the Tennessee Titans.

One of Los Angeles’ two touchdowns came with 24 seconds left to make the outcome look closer than it was.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford accepted blame for the setback, and coach Sean McVay is looking for a bounce-back performance.

“We have to play cleaner football,” McVay said. “I want to see what we learn from our response. The last time we had a setback, I liked how we responded.”

McVay was referring to a 26-17 road win over the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 7, which occurred four days after a 37-20 home loss to the Cardinals.

Stafford leads the NFL with 2,771 passing yards and ranks second with 23 touchdown passes. The Rams rank fourth in total offense (399.3 yards per game) and fifth in scoring offense (29 points per game).

Yet that didn’t stop them from securing the services of Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who wore out his welcome with the Cleveland Browns.

Beckham has 504 career receptions for 7,062 yards and 51 touchdowns in 88 career games. He will be added to the mix that includes star wideout Cooper Kupp, who leads the NFL with 74 catches, 1,019 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns, and Robert Woods (45 for 556 and four scores).

Linebacker Von Miller, another recent high-level Rams acquisition, was happy about Beckham joining the team.

“Let’s chase this ring family!!!!” Miller wrote on Instagram above a photo of Beckham.

Miller (ankle) sat out Thursday’s practice, as did center Brian Allen (elbow).

Among the San Francisco players who sat out Thursday were safety Jimmie Ward (quadriceps), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (calf).

The 49ers placed right tackle Mike McGlinchey (torn quadriceps) on injured reserve earlier this week.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey (69) against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

49ers place RT Mike McGlinchey on injured reserve

The San Francisco 49ers placed right tackle Mike McGlinchey on injured reserve Wednesday.

McGlinchey sustained a torn quadriceps in the 49ers’ 31-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season.

McGlinchey, 26, has started 52 games since being selected by the 49ers with the ninth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Tom Compton replaced McGlinchey on Sunday for the 49ers, who elevated offensive lineman Colton McKivitz from the practice squad to the active roster on Tuesday.

McKivitz, 25, played in 14 games (three starts) during his rookie season in 2020.

–Field Level Media

November 7, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) catches the football against San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga (29) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Shorthanded Cardinals still cruise past 49ers

James Conner ran for 96 yards and two scores and had five receptions for 77 yards and another touchdown, and the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-17 in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday.

Colt McCoy was 22-of-26 passing for 249 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Kyler Murray, and Eno Benjamin ran for a TD for Arizona (8-1).

In addition to Murray being sidelined with an ankle injury, the Cardinals played without wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and A.J. Green (COVID-19).

Jimmy Garoppolo was 28-for-40 passing for 326 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the 49ers (3-5), George Kittle had six catches for 101 yards and a score, and Brandon Aiyuk had a TD catch.

The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead on Conner’s 13-yard touchdown run with 6:08 left in the first quarter.

On their next possession McCoy directed an 80-yard drive, capped by another Conner TD run, this one from a yard out to make it 14-0.

The 49ers drove deep into the Cardinals’ territory, but Aiyuk fumbled at the 13 and Arizona recovered. The Cardinals used 14 plays to move to the San Francisco 8 before settling for a 26-yard field goal.

The 49ers finally broke through just before the half when Garoppolo hit Kittle on a 6-yard TD pass to cut it to 17-7 at intermission.

Arizona came back on the first drive of the second half to go ahead 24-7 on Conner’s 45-yard TD catch.

The Cardinals forced a San Francisco punt on the ensuing drive and then struck again on their next possession, this time on Benjamin’s 21-yard TD run that made it 31-7.

The 49ers answered on their next possession, going 75 yards on six plays, finishing it with Garoppolo’s 11-yard TD pass to Aiyuk with 4:56 left in the third.

Two drives later, Robbie Gould kicked a 26-yard field goal to make it a two-touchdown game with 8:23 left.

San Francisco’s hope for a comeback ended when Budda Baker intercepted Garoppolo with 3:03 left to seal the win.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Status of Kyler Murray looms large in Cardinals-49ers

The Arizona Cardinals lost their status as the lone undefeated NFL team and look to move forward when they face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Santa Clara, Calif.

While the 1972 Miami Dolphins are celebrating being the league’s last unbeaten squad, Arizona (7-1) is striving to make sure one setback doesn’t turn into two.

The Cardinals sputtered often during their 24-21 home loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

“We didn’t put our best foot forward and we feel we can be a lot better,” Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters. “We’re going to play a division opponent on the road — one we’ve had great matchups with the last couple of years. Our guys will be on edge and ready to go.”

The big question for the Cardinals as they seek a regular-season sweep of the 49ers (3-4) is the health of quarterback Kyler Murray.

The MVP candidate injured his left ankle during the loss to the Packers, and he sat out practice Wednesday.

Murray and Kingsbury feel the quarterback can play even if he doesn’t practice all week.

“I think I’ll be good to go on Sunday if I just know the game plan and get the mental reps,” Murray said.

Kingsbury said it could turn out to be a game-day decision.

“He is the type of player with his ability and understanding of the system now, as long as he’s getting the mental reps, we feel good about him going out there and executing,” Kingsbury said.

Murray, who said the extra rest coming off of a Thursday game last week helped his recovery, has been sensational for Arizona this season and has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has rushed for three scores.

Journeyman Colt McCoy is Murray’s backup. He hasn’t thrown a pass this season and has an 8-22 record as a starter since entering the NFL in 2010.

Whoever plays quarterback won’t have veteran wideout A.J. Green or tight end Demetrius Harris on the field. Both players were placed on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday.

In addition, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is still bothered by an ailing hamstring and missed Wednesday’s practice.

Meanwhile, San Francisco is vying to even its record at .500 after recording a 33-22 road win over the Chicago Bears last Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed for a season-best 322 yards and the 49ers racked up their most points since a season-opening 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions.

Garoppolo said the mood around the team took a step upward by ending a skid that began in late September.

“Whenever you go on a four-game slide like we did, to get out of it and getting back in the win column, you’ve got to enjoy it for that moment,” Garoppolo said. “We’ve got a good game plan in this week for Arizona. We know it’s a tough team coming in, one of the best in the league right now. It’ll be a good challenge for us.”

49ers tight end George Kittle (calf) was back on the practice field Wednesday after missing three games while on injured reserve. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said it was too soon to know if Kittle can play Sunday.

“I’m not counting on it a hundred percent,” Shanahan said of having Kittle.

Kittle hasn’t played since Week 4. He has 19 catches for 227 yards and no touchdowns this season.

Standout wideout Deebo Samuel missed practice Wednesday after aggravating his calf injury. Shanahan does expect to see Samuel on the field.

Samuel notched his fourth 100-yard receiving effort of the campaign with six catches for 171 yards against the Bears. He ranks second in the NFL with 819 receiving yards and has four scores among his 44 receptions.

Running back Elijah Mitchell (ribs) and left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) were among the other 49ers who sat out Wednesday.

Arizona recorded a 17-10 home win over the 49ers on Oct. 10 when Murray passed for 239 yards, his second-lowest output of the season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky (18) holds the ball for San Francisco 49ers kicker Joey Slye (14) during warmups before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers waive kicker Joey Slye

The San Francisco 49ers waived kicker Joey Slye on Tuesday.

The 49ers are expected to open the practice window for Robbie Gould this week. Gould was put on short-term injured reserve with a groin injury last month.

Slye signed with San Francisco on Oct. 6 and kicked in three games. He made 7 of 8 field goal tries and converted 2 of 4 extra points.

Gould, 38, suffered a groin injury in pregame warmups ahead of the 49ers’ Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In his absence, punter Mitch Wishnowsky stepped in and missed a 41-yard field goal and an extra point.

Gould has missed three games. He had a fourth week to recover with the Week 6 bye. He’s in his fifth season with the Niners.

The Houston Texans cut Slye, 25, on Sept. 30. Slye made four of five field goals and converted seven of eight extra points in three games. He was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this year after two seasons.

In other moves, the Nines released linebacker Tyrell Adams from the 53-man roster. They also released linebacker Nathan Gerry, running back Jacques Patrick and defensive lineman Eddie Yarbrough from their practice squad.

The 49ers (3-4) host the Arizona Cardinals (7-1) this week.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks against Houston Texans defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans trade DE Charles Omenihu to 49ers

The Houston Texans traded defensive end Charlies Omenihu to the San Francisco 49ers for a future late-round pick, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Omenihu had drawn interest from several teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, who traded for Melvin Ingram III earlier Tuesday.

Omenihu, 24, recorded 11 tackles and three quarterback hits in six games (two starts) this season. He has seven sacks in 35 games (seven starts) for the Texans in two-plus seasons. The Texans selected him in the fifth round of the 2019 draft.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) runs past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman (26) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

49ers pour it on late to knock off Bears

Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 322 yards and ran for two touchdowns and Elijah Mitchell rushed for a career-best 137 yards and a score to help the visiting San Francisco 49ers defeat the Chicago Bears 33-22 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

San Francisco (3-4) used an 18-point fourth quarter to surge ahead of Chicago (3-5), which has lost three straight. The 49ers scored on seven successive possessions before a series of kneel-downs to close the game.

Deebo Samuel had six receptions for 171 yards for San Francisco, including an 83-yard catch and run that set up a third-quarter touchdown.

Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields passed for a touchdown and ran for another — a brilliant, 22-yard scamper on a fourth-quarter fourth-and-one — but defensive lapses ultimately doomed Chicago before a late Fields interception. Fields was 19-for-27 passing for 175 yards and an interception and also ran for a career-high 103 yards on 10 carries.

Joey Slye kicked field goals of 48, 52, 22 and 32 yards for the 49ers.

Chicago took a 13-9 lead into halftime. Kicker Cairo Santos bookended field goals of 39 and 40 yards around an eight-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Jesse James.

After managing just three points in 13 possessions during last week’s lopsided, 38-3 loss at Tampa Bay, the Bears scored on each of their first-half possessions for the first time since December 2013.

Santos added a 25-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half, extending the Chicago advantage to 16-9 while stretching his franchise record to 38 consecutive field goals made.

But San Francisco responded with consecutive touchdown drives, taking a 23-16 lead with 14:11 to go on a five-yard scoring run from Mitchell and a two-point conversion pass from Garoppolo to Brandon Aiyuk.

Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor served as acting head coach, as fourth-year coach Matt Nagy remained in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. Nagy confirmed Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19, with Tabor operating Bears team meetings throughout the week.

Defensive back Eddie Jackson left the game for Chicago with a hamstring injury. San Francisco safety Jimmie Ward left with a quad injury.

Linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) was out for the Bears, while the 49ers’ inactives included defensive end Dee Ford (concussion).

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bears coach Matt Nagy (COVID protocol) out vs. 49ers

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy remains quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19 and will not be on the sideline against the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will handle the head-coaching responsibilities for Sunday’s contest in Chicago. Tabor, who worked for the Bears from 2008-10 before returning to the club in 2018, ran practices this week at Halas Hall.

Tabor’s lone head coaching experience came in 2001 at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.

Nagy, who tested positive on Monday, is 31-24 in three-plus seasons as Bears head coach.

–Field Level Media