The Rams have already clinched the NFC West title and a playoff berth heading into Week 18. The first year of the Matthew Stafford era in Los Angeles has gone rather well, with Stafford posting a career-high 67.3 % of his assists this season and his 38 touchdowns are the second most of his career.
But there’s one hurdle the Rams have struggled to overcome in recent history, whether it’s Stafford or his predecessor Jared Goff under center. Sean McVay’s side recently battled the 49ers, which bodes well for San Francisco.
Dating back to October 2019, the 49ers have won five in a row against the Rams, but this week’s contest is one of the most important meetings as the 49ers need to win to qualify for the playoffs, which they haven’t done since 2019 when they got to the Super Bowl.
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San Francisco is set to start Jimmy Garoppolo as quarterback after missing a recovery from a torn thumb ligament last week while the Rams are in perfect health with no player receiving an injury designation on the final report of the team’s injury on Friday.
So far this season, San Francisco has ranked 13th in offense and 10th in total offense, 12th in defense and fourth in total defense. That means it will be a one-off clash, with the Rams ranking ninth in offense and sixth in all-out offense.
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Much of the Rams’ total offensive production is due to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who needs 146 receiving yards to beat Calvin Johnson’s single-season record in 2012. Kupp has totaled 146 or more yards in a game. only twice, with the last time coming in October.
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49ers score against the Rams
Live updates from the 49ers vs Rams, week 18 highlights
4:56 p.m .: Stafford hits Van Jefferson for 7 yards but the Rams move to 11 on an unnecessary roughness appeal against San Francisco.
4:56 p.m .: Stafford hits tight end Tyler Higbee 9 yards to bring in the third and 2, but Higbee limps in.
4:54 p.m .: After a 5-yard loss to open the second quarter, Cooper Kupp reversed that as he picked up 16 in the second round. Now first and 10 of the San Francisco 37 for the Rams.
End of first quarter: Rams 3, 49ers 0
4:51 p.m .: It will be the first and 10 for San Francisco 48 at the start of the second quarter.
4:50 p.m .: LA’s success on the third try continues. The Rams are now 4 for 5 in third place as Kupp recovers a 7 yard pass on third and 4 as the first quarter draws to a close.
4:48 p.m .: Stafford under pressure but sent the ball to Sony Michel for 6 yards out of the backfield. Now second and 4 in LA 45 for the Rams as they approach midfield.
4:43 p.m .: On the third and -8 of their own 28, Garoppolo tries to find the receiver, but knocks him down. The Niners will now push him back. The Rams are taking him back to their own 39, where they’ll take over.
4:42 p.m .: Garoppolo shoots and hits Trent Sherfield for 13 yards in the third and fifth. The Niners convert early. Now first and 10 at San Francisco 26.
4:40 p.m .: San Francisco are starting their first training at their own 18 years after receiving a penalty against them on the return from kick-off.
4:37 p.m .: RAMS TERRAIN GOAL. Matt Gay splits the uprights at 43 yards and LA’s first practice of the game scores points. Aries 3, 49ers 0 with 6:07 left in the first after a 13-play, 62-yard run for Sean McVay’s team.
4:36 p.m .: Anything the Rams made up during the timeout doesn’t work as Stafford is quickly gobbled up for the sack and given up for a big loss. Now fourth and 16 with a 43-yard field goal to come.
4:35 p.m .: The Rams take a time out on the third and 6 of the San Francisco 14 with 6:52 left in the first. LA is three for three in third place so far in that first practice.
4:33 p.m .: Sony Michel has been the benchmark here from the start despite Cam Akers’ activity. He places the Rams in second place and sixth in the San Francisco 15, but only wins 1. Third down ahead.
4.30 p.m .: This could be another big game for Cooper Kupp as Stafford hits him 46 yards in the third and 9 to put LA at San Francisco 29 and approach the red zone.
4:28 p.m .: Stafford finds Odell Beckham for 14 and the first down. Now first and 10 of 24 for the Rams.
4:27 p.m .: In the second and -8 of the 15th, Matt Stafford was hit for a false start. Now second and 13 of 10.
4:26 p.m .: The 49ers win the toss and push back. They’ll kick off to start as Los Angeles takes over at their 13 to start the game.
49ers start time vs Rams
- Dated: Sunday January 9
- To start up: 4:25 EST, 1:25 PST
The 49ers vs. Rams are scheduled to start at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday. This is America’s Game of the Week, which means anyone who doesn’t have a local game late on Fox will get this one.
What channel are 49ers vs Rams airing on today?
- TV channel (national): Fox
- TV Channel (San Francisco): KTVU
- TV Channel (Los Angeles): KTTV
- Direct: Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
49ers vs. Rams will air regionally on local Fox affiliates in Week 18. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are on call for Fox, while Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi take care of side duties. Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino will resume analysis of Fox’s rules, along with Fox’s other late games.
You can find the outside broadcast of the 49ers on SiriusXM channel 380, while the home broadcast of the Rams is broadcast on channel 227.
In Canada, viewers can watch 49ers vs. Rams with a DAZN subscription, which includes all NFL games.
2021 San Francisco 49ers schedule
|The week||Dated||Opponent||Kick-off time||TV|
|1||September 12||among the Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|2||September 19||to the Eagles||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||September 26||against the packers||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|4||October 3||against the Seahawks||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||October 10||among the cardinals||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|seven||24 october||against foals||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|8||October 31||among bears||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||November 7||against the cardinals||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|ten||November 15||against the rams||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|11||21 November||at Jaguar||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|12||November 28||against the Vikings||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||December 5||at Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|14||December 12||to the Bengals||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|15||December 19||against hawks||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|16||23 december||among the Titans||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL Network|
|17||January 2||against the Texans||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|18||January 9||among rams||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
Los Angeles Rams Calendar 2021
|The week||Dated||Opponent||Kick-off time||TV|
|1||September 12||against bears||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|2||September 19||at Colts||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||September 26||against the buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||October 3||against the cardinals||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||October 7 (Thursday)||at Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox / NFLN / Amazon|
|6||17 october||among the giants||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|seven||24 october||against the Lions||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|8||October 31||among Texans||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||November 7||against the titans||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|ten||November 15 (Monday)||at 49ers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|12||November 28||at the packers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||December 5||against the Jaguars||4:25 p.m. ET||SCS|
|14||December 13 (Monday)||among the cardinals||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|15||December 19||against the Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|16||December 26||among the vikings||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|17||January 2||among crows||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||January 9||against 49ers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|