INGLEWOOD – This is the live blog from the San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams Season 18 Finals. I will update this frequently with news and analysis from the press box.
10:49 AM The 49ers have reportedly decided to pitch Jimmy Garoppolo for this game, a highly questionable decision given he has a torn thumb ligament on his throwing hand and hasn’t fully trained for more than two years. weeks. But the alternative is to let Trey Lance make his fourth career start, which isn’t ideal either. Most likely, it doesn’t matter which 49ers quarterback as almost their entire high school has had Covid and missed practice this week, so they’re likely to have a hard time covering Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. As long as Matthew Stafford doesn’t. will not. just throw some deep balls to grab like he did the first time he faced the 49ers when he was intercepted, the Rams offense will be hard to stop.
And the 49ers offense should struggle, given that Garoppolo is injured and rusty. His main focus will be on protecting the ball and not flipping it, which could be difficult with his thumb injury. A single Garoppolo turnover could cost the 49ers the game and, in turn, their season.
I expect Garoppolo to commit at least one turnover, the side 49ers give up at least one big game in the air, and the Rams win a tight, low-scoring game that goes on the wire.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: 49ers 20, Rams 24.
11:57 Here are the inactive 49ers:
Azeez Al Shaair
11:58 The inactivity of both Williams is a blow to the 49ers. I stand by my prediction of the Rams’ victory.
12:52 PM Colton McKivitz is the 49ers’ starting left tackle in warm-ups.
1:23 The 49ers win the toss and postpone their choice until the second half. Rams to receive opening kickoff
1:36 In 3rd and 6th of the 49ers 15, Arik Armstead and Arden Key sack Matthew Stafford for a loss of 10 yards. In the next game, the Rams are scoring 43 yards. This practice was made possible by a completion of 46 yards on the 3rd and 9th at Cooper Kupp, which burned Dontae Johnson.
49ers 0, Aries 3.
1:45 In 3rd and 5th of 49ers 31, Garoppolo throws a deep pass down the right sideline to running back JaMycal Hasty, and the pass is interrupted by Rams linebacker Traven Howard, causing the 49ers to kick in. in the next game. The Rams took over in their 39th after a 42-yard punt and 9-yard return.
2h00 On the 4th and goal of the 2nd, Matthew Stafford achieves a nice false run and throws a touchdown pass in action to a wide open Tyler Higbee. Stafford completed 11 of his first 12 passing attempts and his quarterback rating is 137.2.
49ers 0, rams 10.
2:07 Jimmy Garoppolo fumbles on the first play of the drive and George Kittle recovers after a loss of 14. The 49ers then come out three. Then the Rams returned a 43-yard punt at the 49ers 19-yard line. Garoppolo looks healthy but unprepared, almost as if he hasn’t fully trained for two and a half weeks.
2:10 On the 3rd and 7th of the 49ers 16, Stafford throws another touchdown pass to Higbee, who this time beats Ambry Thomas. The 49ers are totally unprepared, and it’s Kyle Shanahan’s fault.
49ers 0, rams 17.
2:17 Garoppolo takes a hit as he throws the ball in a triple cover and is intercepted by Taylor Rapp at the Rams 21. The 49ers have to put Garoppolo on the bench right now. It is probably already too late. That’s a shame.
2:26 At the 3rd and 1st of Rams 42, Armstead and Nick Bosa sacked Stafford for an 8-yard loss. After the punt, the 49ers recovered the ball at their 15th with 38 seconds remaining. Garoppolo is still there.