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49ers vs. Rams breakdown: Taking a look at the rest of the sacks allowed by San Francisco [GIFs]


Thearon W. Henderson

You know what doesn't make for a good time? Watching the San Francisco 49ers lose very frustrating football games. You know what makes for an even worse time? Re-watching the game over and over while capturing video and making GIFs. Even worse than both of those things: when there's so much to capture that you have to break it up into two articles.

I'd like to say that I have something more to add in regards to the shoddy play of the offensive line, but other than my individual play breakdowns, there's really nothing. They were just bad in just about every way. Mike Iupati and Alex Boone played particularly poorly, and Joe Staley continued to get out-matched physically. Aaron Donald made life tough for Marcus Martin and Anthony Davis may have been the best of the group.

Colin Kaepernick held onto the ball too long, but the offense was bad all-around. The running game was uninspiring even when the blocking was solid, the ball was consistently snapped with one second remaining on the play clock and the wide receiver routes took ages to develop, even well into the second half.

2nd Quarter, 2nd and 1 at 50: Kaepernick sacked for -10 yards, fumble

Kaepernick Sack 05

This is just kind of a miserable play, isn't it? Kaepernick takes the snap and it looks like he's not just pump-faking there. It looks to me like he's expecting to hit Stevie Johnson for the quick first down, but Johnson hasn't quite developed his route quickly enough. Then it's all panic and improvisation there, which of course leads to Kaepernick not protecting the football, so it's stripped and recovered by the Rams. Because of course. That allowed St. Louis to tie the game.

2nd Quarter, 2nd and 10 at STL 34: Kaepernick sacked for -3 yards

Kaepernick Sack 06

Kaepernick may have left the pocket too early on this one. Yes, there were guys near him but the offensive line was handling them pretty well. He escapes to hie left and Martin would have had to have held his man to prevent him from sacking Kaepernick, unfortunately. It wasn't a good play by any means otherwise, either.

3rd Quarter, 1st and 10 at STL 34: Kaepernick sacked for -9 yards

Kaepernick Sack 07

This one is just a little bit pitiful, isn't it? Kaepernick is barely touched before he goes down. It looks like he trips but I wouldn't be surprised if he was just sick of getting hit. Whatever the case, I'm not really sure what it is Mike Iupati is doing in this case -- the 49ers' offensive linemen have a serious issue with adjusting once a play gets going. I know he was performing his assignment and all but he still sticks out like a sore thumb. Martin is beaten soundly by his guy, and Anthony Davis lets his guy through as well.

4th Quarter, 2nd and 11 at SF 5: Kaepernick sacked for -4 yards

Kaepernick Sack 08

Martin looks like he might have his guy at first, but he loses him and Kaepernick runs right up into him. Staley also loses his man on the outside because he doesn't want to hold him and get a safety penalty. The other side of the line performs well enough, but this play had little chance of turning into anything. I'm not sure why the 49ers weren't running it in this situation after allowing seven sacks but hey, there was always room for an eighth!