(FootballSTL) -- Eleven penalties for 105 yards. That was the number of penalties the Rams were assessed in their 23-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Seven of those flags came in the first half for 60 yards.
What hurt the Rams most was that a number of the penalties that either extended 49ers scoring drives or stalled the Rams offensive drives.
“We just dug ourselves a hole early and couldn’t get out of it,” said Rams defensive end Chris Long. “There were a ton of flags. We just couldn’t seem to get a break. We didn’t create our own luck in that circumstance.”
A fierce Rams pass rush over the last four weeks had trouble, allowing 338 total yards to the Niners.
”We are just frustrated. We had a goal to come in here and stop the run, and I think we did that today” said linebacker James Laurinatis. When you dare somebody to put it in (QB Colin) Kaepernick’s hand, you got to make plays, and he made more plays than we did today. You have to tip your cap to him. They completed a ton of passes.”