An animal rights activist stormed the field during the Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams in Levi’s Stadium.
Near the 45-yard line, the streaker met Rams star Bobby Wagner face-to-face.
It did not end well for the skinny animal rights activist, who was waving a pink smoke bomb while trying to run from security.
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Retired quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning had fun with the big hit —
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“I just saw someone running on the field,” Wagner said after the game. “It looked like he wasn’t supposed to be on the field and I saw security was having a problem, so I helped them out.”
Unfortunately for Wagner and LA fans, that hit was really the highlight of the night. Niners wideout Deebo Samuel and the San Francisco defense both proved far more troublesome.
Samuel turned a short catch into an electric 57-yard touchdown, Talanoa Hufanga returned an interception for a score for the Niners defense, and the 49ers beat the Rams 24-9 Monday night.
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“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 straight regular-season win over their in-state rivals.
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. It was San Francisco’s fourth pick-6 against the Rams in their last six regular-season meetings.
“The story of the night from an offensive perceptive was self-inflicted wounds,” McVay said. “Just above the neck errors where we’re not doing the things that we are capable of and I expect us to be better than that.”
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Samuel once again delivered the big blows offensively. 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. But Samuel made the catch and that’s when his work really started.
He broke tackles from Taylor Rapp and Jalen Ramsey and weaved his way through the Rams defense for the final 52 yards to give the Niners a 14-6 lead.
“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.
“He does that time and time again,” tackle Mike McGlinchey said. “There’s a reason he’s one of our best players. He delivers for us in our biggest moments at all times, and especially against that damn team.”
The Rams moved the ball efficiently down the field on the opening drive before a sack by Samson Ebukam stalled the drive and forced Los Angeles into a field goal.
Los Angeles struggled to move the ball consistently after that and the Rams couldn’t finish drives when they did. They were held to field goals on three trips into the red zone.
San Francisco struck back with big plays that led to two long touchdowns. Wilson took advantage of string blocking on a 32-yard burst up the middle on the opening drive for the 49ers that made it 7-3.
Samuel added the second touchdown and Robbie Gould kicked a 25-yard field goal after a Niners drive stalled at the 1. Gould missed a 42-yarder midway through the fourth quarter to keep the Rams in the game until Stafford’s interception on a screen that Hufanga anticipated perfectly.
“You can smell a rat when it comes to those things,” he said. “They’ve been running screens all night. I saw a different release than I’m used to. Instead of following man, I turned my head and the ball dropped to me.”
The Horn editorial team and the Associated Press contributed to this article