SANTA CLARA, California – Coach Sean McVay stood on a podium in the bowels of Levi’s Stadium, clearly frustrated after the Los Angeles Rams fell for the fifth straight time to the San Francisco 49ers, plunging into a two-game losing streak. consecutive.
“I choose to believe that these last few weeks we are not who we are,” McVay said. “I refuse to believe that, even though you are only as good as your last game.”
During the offseason, the Rams traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford in an undeniable effort to make a run in Super Bowl LVI. More recently, in the past two weeks, they doubled down on building a title contender when they completed a successful trade for All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller, then signed three-time Pro Bowl catcher Odell Beckham Jr.
However, after a 31-10 loss to the 49ers on Monday Night Football, the Rams are in the midst of their first two-game losing streak of the season and appear to be a regressing team rather than one preparing for a deep playoff run.
“It was a humbling night for us as a team,” McVay said. “And a great opportunity for us to take a deep breath, step away, look at the things that we need to correct.”
For the second game in a row, Stafford threw back-to-back interceptions in the first quarter. The 49ers converted both to lead on touchdowns for a 14-0 lead that they did not give up with the Rams unable to keep up.
It wasn’t just the offense that faltered.
The Rams defense couldn’t get off the field as it allowed the 49ers to go 8 of 14 on third down and lost time in the possession battle, 39:03 to 20:57.
With the loss, the Rams fell to 7-3 and wasted the opportunity to gain traction in the NFC West against the division leaders Arizona Cardinals, who a day earlier suffered their second loss of the season and fell to 8-2.
They will now enter a Week 11 goodbye with what they can only hope is enough time to resolve the problems that have plagued them recently on offense, defense and special teams.
“We’ll spend some time thinking about it, reflecting on the first 10 games of the year and some of the good things, some of the bad, how I can be better to help lead this team,” said Stafford, who completed 26 of 41 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. “I definitely want to mentally step back a bit and try to come back recharged and ready to go.”
Waiting on the other side of the open date will be Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (8-2), whom the Rams must face at Lambeau Field.
“We’ll look inward, we’re going to figure this out,” McVay said. “And we’re going to come back damn with the swing. I promise you these last seven games of the regular season.”
Both Miller and Beckham made their Rams debuts in defeat.
“It’s definitely not fun to lose, but I had fun tonight,” said Miller, who was acquired before the trade deadline earlier this month but was inactive last week as he continued to recover from a sprained ankle. “Losing is not what you want to do, but I’m excited to be here, excited to rush [Aaron Donald]. I’m excited to see what we can do to move forward. “
Beckham, who agreed to the terms of a free agent contract just four days earlier, played 15 plays, including four after the first half.
He caught two passes for 18 yards and was hit by a third pitch, but Stafford’s pass fell into the hands of safety Jimmie Ward due to an apparent miscommunication on the route between Beckham and Stafford.
“It just wasn’t our night,” said Beckham, who is expected to take on a major role after the break after catcher Robert Woods suffered a left anterior cruciate ligament tear in practice last week that will put him out of the game for the season. “There’s no getting around it. It just wasn’t our night in all three phases of the game.”