Seven sacks, four turnovers: Rams defense unleashes complete domination of 49ers

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On Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle proved his theory correct as he sacked C.J. Beathard a career-high four times and wreaked havoc on the San Francisco 49ers in a 39-10 victory at Levi’s Stadium.

“It wasn’t easy,” Donald said after the game, grinning. “The secondary did a great job, made them hold the ball a little longer, gave us opportunities to get after them, and get them to the ground.”

While Donald got to the quarterback, the rest of the defense got to the ball, creating a season-high four turnovers as the Rams improved to 7-0 ahead of a matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, whom they’ll host next Sunday in Los Angeles.

“The defense’s overall energy, the sense of urgency that they had today was really special,” coach Sean McVay said. “They were great from start to finish.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Over the last three weeks, the Rams made a habit of letting their opponents linger until the final minutes as their star-studded defense, which includes the defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year in Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Marcus Peters, struggled to put together a complete game.12

Last week against the Denver Broncos, their pass defense surrendered several long completions. In the previous week against the Seattle Seahawks, they could not stop the run.

But against the injury-riddled 49ers (1-6), the Rams defense pitched its most dominant performance since a Week 2 shutout of the Arizona Cardinals, holding the 49ers to 228 total yards and allowing them to convert only 27% (3-11) on third down.

Along with the four takeaways, they sacked Beathard seven times, and were so dominant that McVay took many of his defensive starters out with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

“I think we put it together today,” said defensive lineman Michael Brockers, who finished with five tackles, including two for a loss.

“We really just made an emphasis on everybody doing their job,” safety John Johnson III said. “You’re going to end up being a hero if you just do your job.”

On the 49ers’ opening series, outside linebacker Samson Ebukam sacked Beathard and forced a fumble that rookie Trevon Young recovered. The Rams converted the turnover into a field goal for a quick 3-0 lead.