September 22, 2017 / 5:57 AM / in 10 months

Goff, Gurley shine as Rams hold off 49ers in wild encounter

(The Sports Xchange) - Jared Goff passed for 292 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley scored three TDs as the Los Angeles Rams held on for a wild 41-39 victory against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday.

Sep 21, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams (2-1) ended a three-game losing streak to the 49ers (0-3), who remained winless under new coach Kyle Shanahan. San Francisco trailed 41-26 late in the fourth quarter but two touchdowns cut the deficit and set up a thrilling finale.

Running back Carlos Hyde’s one-yard run pulled the 49ers within 41-39 with 2:13 to go but the two-point attempt failed when nose tackle Michael Brockers intercepted Brian Hoyer’s deflected pass intended for wide receiver Trent Taylor.

September 21, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the football against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Gurley rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and caught five passes for 36 yards and a score.

Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught six passes for 106 yards and two TDs, while wideout Robert Woods had six catches for 108 yards.

Goff completed 22-of-28 passes with a passer rating of 145.8, while San Francisco quarterback Hoyer completed 23-of-37 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns — his first two as a 49er — and ran for a score. He was intercepted once.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon caught seven passes for 142 yards for the 49ers. Hyde rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

Sep 21, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) carries the ball against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson (33) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams stalled at the San Francisco one on their first drive of the second half and settled for Greg Zuerlein’s 19-yard field goal, extending their lead to 27-13 with 9:17 remaining in the third quarter.

San Francisco cut the deficit to 27-20 when Hyde scored on a one-yard blast on fourth-and-goal but the Rams answered with Goff’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins, making it 34-20 entering the fourth quarter.

The 49ers drove 75 yards in six plays for Hoyer’s one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Garrett Celek with 12:50 left to play. Robbie Gould missed the extra point, leaving the Rams with a 34-26 advantage.

The Rams extended their lead to 41-26 on Goff’s 13-yard TD pass to Watkins with 8:43 left. Hoyer answered with a three-yard touchdown pass to Taylor with 5:08 to play, cutting the Rams’ lead to 41-33.

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