49ers clinch playoff berth with stunning 27-24 overtime victory over Rams

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The 49ers’ playoff hopes were hanging by a thread late in Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Los Angeles held a 24-17 lead with 1:11 left in the contest, as the 49ers got the ball back at their own 12-yard line with no timeouts.

But that’s when Jimmy Garoppolo went into action and brought the team back, leading the club to a 27-24 overtime victory.

Garoppolo made several big-time throws late in regulation, starting the drive with a 21-yard completion to receiver Brandon Aiyuk. A couple of plays later, Garoppolo hit receiver Deebo Samuel over the middle for a 43-yard gain down to the Los Angles 19-yard line.

Two plays after that, Garoppolo hit receiver Jauan Jennings for a 14-yard touchdown that tied the game and set up overtime.

On the first possession of overtime, Garoppolo hit another big play on third-and-6 to Jennings, this bringing the 49ers all the way down to the L.A. 24. But the 49ers couldn’t get into the end zone, settling for a Robbie Gould 24-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the game.

The Rams had a chance to respond, but with two minutes left in the contest, quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted by rookie cornerback Ambry Thomas on a deep pass intended for receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

That pick punched the 49ers playoff spot, as San Francisco needed to win or tie to get in. As the No. 6 seed, the 49ers will head to Dallas to play the Cowboys next week.

Even though the Rams lost, it wasn’t all bad news, as the club actually clinched the NFC West in overtime when the Cardinals lost to the Seahawks. But with the loss, Los Angeles fell to the No. 4 seed, which means the club will host Arizona at SoFi Stadium next week.

The Rams got off to a 17-0 start on Sunday, with tight end Tyler Higbee catching a pair of touchdown passes. But the 49ers scored 17 straight points to tie the game late in the third quarter.

Receiver Cooper Kupp caught a 4-yard touchdown to give L.A. its 24-17 lead with 2:29 in the fourth quarter. But the defense couldn’t hold it.

Garoppolo finished the game 23-of-32 for 316 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. But Deebo Samuel was the star for San Francisco, catching four passes for 95 yards, taking eight carries for 45 yards with a touchdown, and throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

On the other side, Stafford finished 21-of-32 for 238 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of picks. Kupp finished just shy of a pair of single-season NFL records, catching seven passes for 117 yards.

While the Rams clinched their third NFC West title in five seasons under head coach Sean McVay, they also lost for the first time under McVay when holding a halftime lead.

The 49ers have now won six consecutive games over the Rams.

33 responses to “49ers clinch playoff berth with stunning 27-24 overtime victory over Rams

  1. What a game!

    At the half this looked like an entirely different match-up. The comeback by the 49ers was as inspiring as it was unexpected. Although in proper Shanahan fashion it got conservative towards the end I think all Faithful can agree getting to the playoffs was the summit of our season. Like old times onto Dallas!!!

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  2. Last 3 passes to OBJ in the game

    1. Wrong route and dropped pass (would have been complete to the other reeiver)
    2. No effort and incomplete
    3. Interception to clinch playoffs for 49ers

    I guess they were all Stafford’s fault?

  3. oh look forcing the ball to obj directly resulted in a loss and drop to 4 spot. what a surprise.

  4. Boy, the Rams are a high candidate to go one and done this year. They just don’t have the toughness to hold up against physical teams. And Stafford is so careless with the football. Small wonder he never won anything.

  5. No dog in the fight but it became clear that the refs swallowed their whistles in the 2nd half. SF holding in the secondary and offensive line was atrocious and allowed them to come back.

    I feel bad for Stafford. as soon as he gets to the Rams their defense is terrible and offensive line old AF.

  6. Joe Toronto is crying because Justin Fields is a bust….just like every othe OSU QB! says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:02 pm
    No dog in the fight but it became clear that the refs swallowed their whistles in the 2nd half. SF holding in the secondary and offensive line was atrocious and allowed them to come back.

    I feel bad for Stafford. as soon as he gets to the Rams their defense is terrible and offensive line old AF.
    Are you for real? Garoppolo get hit on the helmet on the int and it doesn’t get called. That itself would have put the niners in position to go up 24-17. Huge momentum shift to Rams due to this non-call.
    Still, 9ers hit them on the mouth and they didn’t fight back.

  7. I am back on the Jimmy G bandwagon. I wouldn’t say that was a gold jacket performance , but that was definitely an ALL MADDEN Performance. John Madden would have been proud of that performance .

    This game was a microcosm of the the 49er season, slow star, strong finish, Jimmy giveth, Jimmy taketh away, egregious penalty in a crucial situation and the refs look the other way, great coaching, and that. 49er fight, desire, and intensity was on display.

    The difference was that Jimmy overcame his mistakes, and the other QB came up short for trying to pick on Ambry Thomas who showed amazing ball skills when it was most needed, also it was pretty good officiating crew,,,,,This is One of my favorite 49er teams,

  8. minime says:
    January 9, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Rams are now and forever pretenders.


    What are you doing here? Niners won, you should be with your buddy Nytro pinning over Seattle’s lost season.

  9. Dear Sean McVay,


    Sincerely, all Rams fans

  10. God Stafford has to force things. Dude is a bum take what you are given until they make a mistake. They had plenty of time left.

  11. The Niners still own us. There’s a whole lotta blame to go around in LA. Major disappointment. But – pretty exciting game.

  12. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

    Matthew Stafford is the poster child for this cliche

    Couldn’t slam the door on SF when it needed slamming… one and done in the playoffs, these Rams

  13. The 49ers run game went through the Rams D like a hot knife through butter. The Rams O line couldn’t protect the QB. Garoppolo chewed up the Rams secondary. Shanahan adjusted after the first half to control the Game while McVay looked like a deer in the headlights. Yep, the loss is all on Stafford….

  14. Stafford is throwing picks at a rate that would make Jameis Winston blush. There’s no accounting for his continually underthrowing the deep ball.

    I don’t know where his patron saints are coming from but he’s been in the NFL 13 years now. That’s a long time not to have anything stick to you.

  15. Rams went in at halftime, saw saints beating falcons, so rams came out and flopped second half to screw saints over again.

  16. Life time Rams fan here. McVay is a loser. He got schooled in the super bowl by Belichick. Today all he needed was one first down in the fourth quarter to be in a kneel down situation. He ran Sony Michel 3 times to get the 49ers to burn their timeouts even on 3rd and seven. He traded two first rounders and his quarterback for Stafford and didn’t want to give him a shot to complete a pass for a first down to lock down the nfc west and rhe two seed? He nutter up and cost the Rams so much. He’ll never win a super bowl because he coaches scared. He will always lose to good coaches. He’s a very good oc, bit not a courageous leader

  17. The defense has to protect that 24-17 lead with under two minutes left and the Niners having no timeouts. That was atrocious.

  18. Mcvay blows another big game for the Rams. He had the lead with under two minutes to play and chose to abandon what got him the lead. He eliminates the WRs and bunches EVERYONE at the line and sits on the ball for three downs leaving it up to the defense. Mcvay has been outcoached in every big game and it changes nothing in his game plan. Time for the Rams to start looking for a more experienced head coach.

  19. McVay is a good coach but the problem for them is that they don’t matchup well against the 49ers. Rams are not built to stop the run. They can really rush the passer. Dallas makes me nervous but I also think 9ers can stuff their run as well and make Dak try to just pass. That won’t work well for them as 49ers can also rush the passer.

  20. Just when the announcers were bragging about the Rams trades for all their superstars like Beckham and Von Miller and then it all falls a part again. Stafford is not the answer. Lucky he has Kupp.

  21. Lions fans tried to warn you. Stafford is not a winner and shows that against good teams. 2-5 against teams over .500! He holds the ball too long and takes too many chances. Without kupp he likely leads the league in interceptions

  22. Dang. That was disgraceful by the Rams. The Niners (tip of the hat to them) did what they do best vs the Rams – pound the ball down their throats, then run crossers that the Rams overrated DBs can’t cover. I knew my Saints were done when boy wonder McVay couldn’t trust his play calling or QB or receivers enough to try to pass for a first down at least once when one first down would have ended the game

  23. Stafford was knocked around pretty good in that game. He will retire after next season.

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