It's no coincidence. Fisher is building his young team -- especially on defense -- to compete with and defeat Harbaugh's operation.
"This is a carryover from three weeks ago," Fisher told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports after Sunday's 16-13 victory. "We joked about taking three weeks off and getting right back after the 49ers -- we didn't know it would take another five quarters. This young team believes we can go in and play with anybody."
Especially San Francisco. The Rams did a superb job of throwing new looks at a 49ers attack that usually dominates in that category. Harbaugh's offense is fun to watch because of the way it disguises intentions with multiple pre-snap formations that equate to an advantage for a young quarterback like Colin Kaepernick.