Chip Kelly
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert and newly minted 49ers head coach Chip Kelly dominated the Rams on Monday night, 28-0.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Fisher was out-coached, outplayed and dominated in nearly every facet of Monday night’s contest against the 49ers, his Rams were shutout, 28-0.

Chip Kelly, don’t get too excited. This time last year, Jim Tomsula had his first win of the season, in the same stadium, and on the same night of the week. However, it was the 49ers first shutout victory since a 2012 34-0 win over the New York Jets. This year’s season-opening, prime-time victory might be eerily similar to last year’s 20-3 tromping of the Minnesota Vikings, but a smothering defense and pass-rush surely stood alone and shined bright for San Francisco to separate this contest from last.

The 49ers rushed for 150 yards in total, 123 of which came during the first half of play. An 11-yard dash from Carlos Hyde and another 3-yard scramble from Shaun Draughn were enough to send the Red and Gold to the locker room with a 14-0 lead at the half.

Blaine Gabbert, making his first season-opening start since 2013, finished the contest 22 of 35 for 170 yards and one touchdown before being replaced by backup Colin Kaepernick with just 2:31 remaining on the clock.

Gabbert’s passing performance was showcased with an 18-yard reception to wideout Jeremy Kerley under a 4th-and-6 scenario from the Rams 39, it was his second-longest completion of the night. In the fourth quarter, Gabbert connected with Quintton Patton from 35 yards out, that 77-yard drive ended three plays later after he then found Vance McDonald for another touchdown.

Carlos Hyde would cap off the night’s scoring with his second touchdown of the evening after an 80-yard drive. He’d finish the game with 88 rushing yards on 23 carries.

If being shutout weren’t bad enough, there was little, if anything at all, to report in terms of offensive progression for Los Angeles. The unit were limited to a total of 10 first downs and 186 yards of offense in the contest. Of their 14 offensive possessions, 11 ended if punts — the Rams first six possessions all ended in punts, with the exception of one, which was intercepted by 49ers linebacker NaVarro Bowman.

Rams starting quarterback Case Keenum ended the night 17 of 35 for 130 yards and the aforementioned interception. Running back Todd Gurley finished with 47 yards on 17 rush attempts.