Story by R. Mascardo and photos by Al Golub

SANTA CLARA — It has been a frustrating season for the 49ers. They have endured lots of injuries and their defense isn’t doing very good either.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers bounced back and showed the banged-up defending

NFC Champions aren’t ready to quit.

Garoppolo threw three TD passes in the first half and Jason Verrett’s interception in more than four years helped preserve the lead, giving the 49ers a 24-16 victory over the Los Angeles Rams

on Sunday Night.

Garoppolo staked the Niners to a 21-6 at half time lead over the Rams, relying mostly on a short passes and connecting on TDs with Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brabdon Aiyuk.

Niners defense stepped up with key stops in the second half. Rams got in the red zone on its first possession in the third quarter but settled for a field goal after Andrew Whitworth committed a false start on third-and-one.

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) blocks for wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 24-16.

The 49ers are not dead yet. They would have been in trouble at 2-4. A win keeps them afloat in one of the NFL’s toughest division. They can thank a fantastic game plan for Sunday night’s game.

NEXT: The 49ers hit the road for week 7 after reaching .500 and will take on the New England Patriots October 25.