Warner, 49ers Defense Shut Down Super Bowl Champs

Oct 3, 2022, 9:26 PM


Linebacker Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates breaking up a pass on the goal line against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium on October 03, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former BYU linebacker Fred Warner and the San Francisco 49ers shut down the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.

Warner & Niners Beat Rams

The 49ers hosted the Rams at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Monday, October 3.

San Francisco beat Los Angeles, 24-9.

Warner and his teammates limited last year’s top team to only three field goals and forced a pair of fourth quarter turnovers in the prime time game.

L.A. looked to have things rolling early on and marched down the field on its opening drive of the contest. However, the Niners forced the Rams to send former Utah Utes kicker Matt Gay out for a 39-yard field goal on the possession.

49ers running back Jeff Wilson broke loose to a 32-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter to give San Francisco a 7-3 lead. The 49ers never trailed again.

With 6:22 left in the first half, Gay kicked another field goal to cut the 49ers’ lead to one-point.

A 57-yard connection between Jimmy Garoppolo and Deebo Samuel helped San Francisco stretch its lead to 14-6 before halftime.

Gay connected on his third field goal of the game late in the third quarter for Los Angeles’ final points of the night.

After the Niners added another field goal to open the fourth quarter, San Francisco’s defense went to work finishing the game.

With 6:27 remaining in the game, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was picked off by Talanoa Hufanga, who returned the ball 52 yards to the end zone for a 49ers touchdown.

On Los Angeles’ next drive, Warner and the Niners continued to pressure Stafford, who lost a fumble with 1:58 left to play. San Francisco recovered the ball to seal its victory.

Stafford finished his rough night 32/48 passing for 254 yards and one interception. He ran the ball twice for six yards and lost one fumble. Stafford was sacked seven times for 54 yards.

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Warner finished the game with nine total tackles and six solo tackles. This season, Warner has recorded 25 total tackles, 15 solo tackles, and one pass breakup.

Former Utah and current 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky punted the ball four times with an average of 39.5 yards per kick. He pinned one punt inside the Rams’ 20-yard line.

Gay finished the night 3/3 on field goals and was the only Ram to score.

Former Utah State and current Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner had 10 total tackles and seven total tackles.

Up Next

With the result, both teams moved to 2-2 records this season.

Los Angeles’ next game is at home against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 9 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX.

San Francisco’s next game is on the road against the Carolina Panthers on October 9 at 2:05 p.m. on CBS.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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