Kurtenbach: Don’t forget about Deebo — Studs and Duds from the 49ers’ 30-23 win over the Rams

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Unlike in Week 1, the 49ers provided plenty of fodder for both the studs and duds category in the team’s Week 2 win over the Rams.

It was a choppy, chippy game, but the 49ers can’t argue with the outcome, winning 30-23 for a ninth-straight regular-season win over their rivals to the south.

STUDS

RB Christian McCaffrey

The heartbeat of the 49ers’ offense. The ever-versatile McCaffrey hasn’t been utilized in exotic ways yet this season, but in his more traditional running back role, he’s been marvelous, providing solid runs up the middle and breaking off big gains that break open the game.

Sunday, that gain was a 51-yard first-half run.

McCaffrey finished with 116 yards on 20 carries, with a touchdown to boot.

WR Deebo Samuel

A man amongst boys when he plays the Rams. His fourth-quarter touchdown was Samuel at his finest: in the open field, making defenders miss and running them over en route to six points.

Brandon Aiyuk might be emergent and Christian McCaffrey might be the fun new toy, but Samuel (101 yard of total offense) is still as impactful as any offensive player in the NFL.

WR Brandon Aiyuk

Clearly injured on the game’s first drive, Aiyuk didn’t make much of an impact on the game as a pass-catcher, but he was effective as a downfield blocker in a gut-it-out performance. Don’t have to love the production, but you do have to laud the effort.

HC Kyle Shanahan

It took serious guts to call for a quarterback sneak with one second remaining in the first half, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run. I don’t think he would have made this call at any other juncture in his 49ers’ career. Let’s call that growth.

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