No. 43 John Johnson of the Los Angeles Rams defends San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, No. 85, at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 21, 2018. Rams won the game 39-10. (Photo courtesy of Jamell Pugh)

SANTA CLARA – Costly turnovers dd the Sab Francisco 49ers in as they suffered a brutal loss to the visiting Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Quarterback C.J. Beathard threw two interceptions and fumbled away the football on two other occasions for the 49ers (1-6) The Rams capitalized on each miscue to push their record to 7-0.

“We can’t turn it over like that. Didn’t help our defense out,” Beathard said. “I think they got 24 points off turnovers. Any time you do that, you’re playing from an uphill battle at that point.”

Beathard’s saga as a starter since Jimmy Garopolo went down with a season-ending injury has come with mixed reviews in the last four games.

He has tossed seven interceptions and lost three fumbles, with those three mistakes, and additional four turnovers have San Francisco sitting on 14-consecutive miscues.

Only the 49ers can break this trend and they oh-so-well know it. San Francisco’s ball security issues are helping opposing teams walk away with Ws.

“It doesn’t matter how well the defense played, we still lost. We lost the turnover battle in another game,” said 49ers’ defensive lineman DeForrest Buckner. “We have to do a better job to find more opportunities for our offense and take the ball away.”

Running back Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns for the Ramas while quarterback Jared Goff tossed two TDs. L.A.’s 7-0 record is the team’s best start since 1985. Aaron Donald accounted for four of the Ram’s seven sacks.

“We did a great job applying pressure on Beathard all day. I thought we did a good job stopping the run,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay. “To be able to get seven sacks and four turnovers and for those four turnovers to lead to 24 points, that’s truly complementary football.”

Beathard completed 15 of 27 passes for 170 yards, one TD and two interceptions. He found tight end George Kittle for a 10-yard score right before halftime. The 49ers have lost their last seven games.

NEXT WEEK: The 49ers are on the road to play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 28.
By Antonio Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer