49ers use defense, Deebo Samuel to beat Rams 24-9

The formula that has been so successful for the San Francisco 49ers against the Los Angeles Rams delivered another convincing win.

Samuel turned a short catch into an electric 57-yard touchdown,

Talanoa Hufanga returned an interception for a score and the 49ers beat the Rams 24-9 Monday night.

“We knew it would be an ice-bag game,” Hufanga said. “Every time we play these guys it’s a physical matchup.

 For us as a defense, we want to be the rock. We want to be solid on defense, stand our ground and go out there and swarm.”

Jeff Wilson Jr. also scored on a 32-yard run that gave the Niners (2-2) their seventh

The Rams (2-2) won the matchup that meant most in last season's NFC championship game

 on the way to a Super Bowl title, but this meeting looked more like their recent regular-season meetings.

San Francisco used a relentless defense to slow down coach Sean McVay's offense and got enough big plays for the win.

Nick Bosa had two of San Francisco's seven sacks against Matthew Stafford to give him

 an NFL-best six on the season and Hufanga iced it with his 52-yard pick-6 in the fourth quarter.

"The story of the night from an offensive perceptive was self-inflicted wounds,” McVay said.

The key play came late in the second quarter when he turned what looked to be an interception by Jimmy Garoppolo into a touchdown.

Derion Kendrick jumped the 5-yard route and nearly got the pick.

He broke tackles from Taylor Rapp and Jalen Ramsey and weaved his way through

“It was just me and the ball out there,” Samuel said. “I just go out and break some tackles like I do all the time.”

Samuel has scored seven TDs and thrown another touchdown in eight career games against Los Angeles.

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