The San Francisco 49ers offense came under intense scrutiny following a dismal showing in an 11-10 defeat to the Denver Broncos, but Deebo Samuel seems to thrive in the limelight.
On Monday, Samuel led the offense that resulted in a 24-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams. With the win, Samuel’s club evened its record at 2-2. A touchdown catch by Jimmy Garoppolo on an underneath pass required him to fight off a defender, and he finished with six receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Jeff Wilson Jr. got the home team on the board with a 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but it was Samuel’s outstanding play in the second that really stole the show.
He caught a short throw, put the pedal to the metal, and blew by a helpless Jalen Ramsey on his way to the end zone from 57 yards out. After that, San Francisco went on a tear, and he received widespread online acclaim.
DEEBO SAMUEL OMG 🤯
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 4, 2022
It wasn’t lost on anyone that Garoppolo is at his finest when he’s acting as a game manager, avoiding mistakes and getting the ball to playmakers like Samuel, even if that particular throw wasn’t exactly great. While he did this against the Rams, he didn’t do it against the Broncos when he stepped out of the end zone for safety and threw a late interception.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 4, 2022
The San Francisco defense wasn’t only too much for Matthew Stafford and company, either. All in all, the 49ers’ defense was dominant, led by Nick Bosa’s seven sacks, and sealed the game with a pick-six from Talanoa Hufanga late in the fourth quarter. The 49ers should easily improve to 3-2 with a Week 5 matchup against the Carolina Panthers if the defense and Samuel continue to play as well as they did on Monday.
In 2021, Beckham suited up for eight regular-season games with the Rams. Five of the games saw him score a touchdown. By the end of the year, he had 44 receptions for 537 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Beckham’s first postseason touchdown came in the Wild Card Game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 17, 2022. Beckham caught nine catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ 20-17 NFC Championship Game victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Beckham made a crucial catch for a first down on the drive that set up the game-tying field goal for the Rams in the fourth quarter.
Beckham’s 17-yard reception in the Super Bowl was the first touchdown of the game for the New York Giants. Beckham, though, sustained a knee injury in the second quarter and never returned to the field. Beckham finally won a Super Bowl, leading the Rams to a 23-20 victory.
The next day, it was announced that Beckham had torn his ACL again, less than a year and a half after he tore it for the first time while playing for Cleveland in October 2020, also against the Bengals.