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NFL Week 2 Preview: San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

STADIUM: SoFi Stadium
REFEREE: Brad Allen

DATE: Sunday, September 17, 2023
GAME TIME: 4:05 PM ET
FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) SF: 134 or 381 LAR: 81 or 226

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: SF leads series, 76-67-3 (won past 8)
POSTSEASON: Series tied, 1-1

THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 10/30/22: SF 31 at LAR 14
POSTSEASON: 1/30/22 NFC-C: SF 17 at LAR 20

HEAD COACHES NOTES:

Kyle Shanahan vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 9-4 Reg. Season: 53-46 (.535) Postseason: 6-3 (.667)

Sean McVay vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 4-9 Reg. Season: 61-38 (.616) Postseason: 7-3 (.700)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS NOTES:

  • QB BROCK PURDY passed for 220 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.3 rating & became 1st QB in NFL history to win each of his 1st 6 career starts with 2+ TD passes in each start. Became 1st QB ever with 95+ rating in each of his 1st 6 career starts.
  • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 169 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 17 rec.), incl. 65-yard rush TD, in Week 1. Has 21 career games with 150+ scrimmage yards, most among active players. Aims for his 8th in row with TD. Has 25 receptions, 516 scrimmage yards (172 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 1 pass, 1 rec.) in 3 career
    games vs. LAR. In last meeting, became 4th player since 1970 with pass TD, rush TD & rec. TD in single game.
  • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 8 receptions for career-high 129 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 1, his 5th-career game with 100+ rec. yards & 3rd career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Has 8 rec. TDs in his past 6 road games, incl. rec. TD at LAR in Week 8 last season.
  • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 catches & 63 scrimmage yards (55 rec., 8 rush) in Week 1. Has 523 scrimmage yards (130.8 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rec., 2 rush) in his past 4 vs. LAR. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAR with TD & 5th in row vs. LAR with 100+ scrimmage yards.
  • TE GEORGE KITTLE had rec. TD in last road meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his 5 career games at LAR.
  • DL NICK BOSA has 5 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 4 vs. LAR. Has 13 sacks & 15 TFL in his past 12 vs. NFC West.
  • DL JAVON HARGRAVE had sack in SF debut last week.
  • DL DRAKE JACKSON had career-high 3 sacks in Week 1.
  • LB FRED WARNER has 89 tackles (8.9 per game) in 10 career games vs. LAR & aims for his 11th in row vs. LAR with 6+ tackles.
  • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had 6th-career INT last week.
  • S TALANOA HUFANGA had 5th-career INT in Week 1.

LOS ANGELES RAMS NOTES:

  • QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 334 yards in Week 1, his 8th season-opening game with 300+ pass yards, tied 2nd-most such games all-time. Has 58 career 300-yard games, 2nd-most among active players. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 91.4 in last home meeting. Ranks 11th all-time in pass yards (52,416) & 12th in TD passes (333).
  • RB CAM AKERS had 10th-career rush TD last week. Had 6 rush TDs in his final 3 home games in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD.
  • RB KYREN WILLIAMS rushed for 52 yards & had 1st 2 career rush TDs in Week 1.
  • WR PUKA NACUA (rookie) led team with 10 receptions & had 119 rec. yards in his NFL debut last week. Became 5th player in NFL history with 10+ catches in 1st career game. Became 1st player drafted in 5th round or later or undrafted with 100+ rec. yards in NFL debut since 2014 (Allen Hurns).
  • WR TUTU ATWELL set career highs with 6 receptions & 119 rec. yards in Week 1, his 1st-career 100-yard game.
  • TE TYLER HIGBEE had 49 rec. yards in Week 1. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. SF.
  • DL AARON DONALD had half sack in Week 1. Has 11.5 sacks & 20 TFL in his past 12 vs. SF. Aims for his 6th in row vs. SF with
    TFL. Has 6.5 sacks & 15 TFL in his past 10 games vs. NFC West.
  • LB ERNEST JONES led team with 9 tackles & career-high 3 TFL in Week 1. Had 7 tackles & TFL in last meeting.
  • LB BYRON YOUNG (rookie) had half sack in NFL debut last week.
  • LB MICHAEL HOECHT has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of his last 3 home games.
  • DB JORDAN FULLER had 8 tackles in Week 1. Has 5+ tackles in 11 of his past 12 home games.
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