OK, it's hard to argue with the NFL's decision to demote the 49ers from prime-time TV after watching this performance.
The Niners had a minus-1 turnover margin through the first 14 quarters of the season and are minus-14 over the last 14 quarters, matching a franchise worst with a minus-15 turnover margin through seven games set by the 1980 team.
The game originally was scheduled to air Sunday night on NBC.
Yes, it was a short week but no one expected a flat game by the 49ers.
The team unveiled a stadium statue commemorating the "The Catch", the famous pass from Montana to the late Dwight Clark in the 1982 NFC championship game.
49ers' Matt Breida left the game with an ankle injury October 21, 2018. On Sunday, he gained 59 yards on seven carries. He was sacked seven times. He also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Starting wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garçon combined for just three receptions on six targets for 29 yards. Beathard fumbled to end the 49ers' first drive, leading to a Los Angeles field goal.
"They were mixing it up a lot on what they were doing", Beathard said of the Rams' defense. Four turnovers, 24 Rams points, ball game over.
But against the injury-riddled 49ers (1-6), the Rams defense pitched its most dominant performance since a Week 2 shutout of the Arizona Cardinals, holding the 49ers to 228 total yards and allowing them to convert only 27% (3-11) on third down.
Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns, Jared Goff passed for two and Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals as the Rams improved to 7-0 and remained on track for a second straight division title with a 39-10 victory. "He was one of the guys that the second half of the year we got to watch grow - go through some trial and error but ended up playing at a very high level last year, (which) made us very excited about going into this year with him". Safety Jaquiski Tartt failed to hold onto what could have been a big interception early in the game.
The 49ers will be without another starter for the rest of this lost season, joining quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon on the shelf.
Officially in the books as an eight-yard rush, NFL Stats said the quarterback actually covered just shy of 72 yards as he dropped back, scrambled and circled round before finding a path to the end zone. "Obviously, it didn't work today, so we got to go back to the drawing board and make sure we're better next time".
Once again, it was a story of turnovers.
The 49ers' three takeaways are the fewest and their 18 giveaways are the most in the NFL.