NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers vs Rams, Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • These two last played in Week 18 when the 49ers beat the Rams in OT, 27-24
  • SoFi is L.A.’s home stadium, though last time plenty of 49ers’ fans made the trip south
  • The Niners have won their last six matchups against the Rams.

49ers vs Rams Odds

Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers Sunday, January 30, 2022; 6:30 PM ET
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The last time these two played was in Week 18 and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Rams in OT, 27-24, the game ending with the Niners defense’s second interception of the game, a win that earned San Fran their playoff berth, one QB Jimmy Garoppolo and company must now defend against L.A. in their home stadium, though last time plenty of 49ers’ fans made the trip south.

Last week, the L.A. Rams beat GOAT Tom Brady’s defending champion Buccaneers by a last-second Matt Gay field goal, 30-27, and now with a defense that features playmakers like Aaron Donald, Von Miller, and Jalen Ramsey, HC Sean McVay hopes to avenge that Week 18 loss, and having QB Matthew Stafford with WRs Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. should help.

These two NFC rivals have faced each other 145 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Los Angeles Rams winning 67 of those games and the San Francisco 49ers winning 75 of the games, plus there have been three ties.

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San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams Predictions

Can Niners’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo Continue to Play Through Injury?

Give San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo an A+ for toughness, the veteran hurler playing through multiple injuries, so far with a sore throwing shoulder and a torn ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand, injuries that make it feel like his arm is being torn off when he throws.

So what, NFL players play hurt all the time, especially the teams who make it to the Conference Championship game, so Jimmy G. has played through the hurt and so far it has worked, though his interception in each of the teams two playoff wins are slightly alarming.

In the regular season, Garoppolo threw for 20 TDs and 12 interceptions, so he has struggled to keep his passes away from defenders, but despite that he has completed over 68 percent of his passes, perhaps a big reason why he is leading his team to these exciting playoff victories.

Can the Rams Rushing Attack Provide a Nice Counter Punch for Stafford?

During the regular season, the LA Rams had a rushing attack ranked 25th in the league, which proved trouble for QB Matthew Stafford since without a run game his passing attack gets easier to defend, and sometimes that comes back to haunt the NFC West champs.

Out of the Rams backfield comes RB Sony Michel, a four-year NFL veteran on his second team of his career and ready to prove he can do for L.A. what he did for the New England Patriots, which is proving to be a dual-threat who defenses must consider when game planning.

This year for the Rams, Michel has 229 total touches for 973 yards and 5 TDs, decent production considering he is sharing snaps with other playmakers like rookie Jake Funk, Cam Akers and Buddy Howell, all able to add skills to the mix to help counter Stafford’s pass game.

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49ers Key Player: (RB) Elijah Mitchell

Nothing better for a football franchise than to draft a rookie who is immediately productive, and that’s exactly what the 49ers’ front office have done with RB Elijah Mitchell, the 5’ 10” 200-pound dual threat out of the backfield who has already made a difference in San Francisco.

This former Louisiana star fits well in OC Mike McDaniel’s offensive scheme, sometimes sharing carries with Jeffrey Wilson, JaMycal Hasty, and fellow rookie Trey Sermon, and Mitchell has posted 226 total touches this season for 1,100 yards from scrimmage and 6 touchdowns.

Most of that production and those scores were earned on the ground, but as Mitchell matures as a pro player, expect them to continue to count on him to be a dependable check down receiver for QB Jimmy G, one who can gain yards after the catch because he is so tough to tackle.

Rams Key Player: (LB) Von Miller

One of several midseasons moves the Los Angeles Rams front office made was to acquire LB Von Miller from the Denver Broncos in November for a second and third-round draft pick in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, a move that has already paid off in spades for the Rams defense.

What Miller, the 6’ 3” 250-pound tackling monster brings to the table is speed, power, and quickness to the ball, traits that make him tough to run or pass the ball against, so far with 5 sacks for the Rams (9.5 sacks in 2021) along with 9 QB hits (18 total) and 50 total tackles.

The other thing having Miller does for the Rams defense is take some of the double-teams off their other sack specialist, DT Aaron Donald, since defenses now have to account for both of these QB hunters being on the field, an advantage that could give LA the edge here.

Previous NFC Championship Winners

Team # of NFC Championships
San Francisco 49ers 16
Dallas Cowboys 14
Los Angeles / Saint Louis Rams 10
Minnesota Vikings 9
Green Bay Packers 8
Philadelphia Eagles 7
Washington Redskins 6
New York Giants 5
Chicago Bears 5
Atlanta Falcons 4
Carolina Panthers 4
Seattle Seahawks 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4
New Orleans Saints 3
Arizona Cardinals 2
Detroit Lions 1

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How to Watch 49ers vs Rams

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What San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams
Where SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
When Sunday, January 30, 2022; 6:30 PM ET
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