Line play key against physical San Francisco

Rams coach Sean McVay (left) and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan shake hands after San Francisco won 31,14 last season at SoFi Stadium. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Breaking down how the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers match up heading into their game at 1:05 p.m. PDT Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The game will be televised by Fox.

When Rams have the ball

Rams receiver Tutu Atwell falls to the turf after making a reception against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished with a career-high 119 yards receiving. (Lindsey Wasson / Associated Press)

The Rams look to continue their season-opening prowess, despite the absence of star wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared to be in prime form in a 30-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, passing for 334 yards and making excellent use of receivers Puca Nacua and Tutu Atwell. Nacua, a rookie, was targeted 15 times and caught 10 passes for 119 yards. He is listed as questionable because of an oblique injury but is expected to play. Atwell, a third-year pro, caught six passes for 119 yards. Tight end Tyler Higbee has been a reliable weapon for Stafford. With Cam Akers and Kyren Williams combining for 37 carries, and the line not allowing a sack, the Rams offense sustained drives and gave the defense a chance to rest between series. They must continue to excel against perhaps the most physical defense in the NFL. Defensive end Nick Bosa, who signed the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history, anchors a unit that recorded five sacks in a 30-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, three by end Drake Jackson. Linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw have given the Rams fits for years.

When 49ers have the ball

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy kept his poise against safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Matt Freed / Associated Press)

Brock Purdy appears fully recovered from the elbow injury he suffered in the NFC championship game against the Philadelphia…

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