49ers weren’t good vs. Rams. They won anyway — and that speaks volumes

The 49ers’ Week 1 win was perfection.

Their Week 2 win was gritty.

And while everyone prefers the first option, the second might tell us more about the 2023 Niners.

San Francisco knew that not every game this season would be as easy as the opening win against the Steelers. How could they be?

No, this league is too good. The competition is too tough. Most games this season will resemble Sunday’s choppy, chippy 30-23 victory over the Rams in front of a partisan crowd in Los Angeles. (Partisan for the Niners, that is.)

And yet, even in a game where the 49ers missed so many opportunities, they were still far and away the better team on the field Sunday.

If Niners quarterback Brock Purdy had simply connected on one of the three wide-open deep pass opportunities he overthrew Sunday, this contest would have been a blowout.

But he missed on all three and wasn’t good on third downs, where the team was just 2-of-9. Meanwhile, the 49ers defense started the game on the back foot, and the referees were apparently watching another game. (I hope it was a good one.)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, right, passes as Los Angeles Rams linebacker Michael Hoecht runs in during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) 

For a lesser team, the confluence of those missed opportunities, poor play, and bad luck would have become excuses for a loss.

For this team, they were merely speed bumps en route to another win.


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