NFC Championship preview: Are 49ers matchup kryptonite for Rams?

2022-01-29 8:25:00 PM

The third meeting this season between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers will mark just the second playoff game between these two franchises.

The third meeting this season between the Rams and 49ers will mark just the second playoff game between these two franchises. MikeyJ_MMA previews the NFC Championship game with storylines to follow on Sunday.

The third meeting this season between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers will mark just the second playoff game between these two franchises.

Does Shanahan win the coaching duel over McVay again?The division rivals are extremely familiar with one another but since 2018 Shanahan's 49ers have consistently had the Rams’ number. Shanahan is 6-0 in his last six against McVay.L.A.’s main problem has been not playing consistently for all four quarters.

.Why will the Rams win?Starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who protects Stafford’s blindside with great efficiency, is returning from a knee injury. This is huge for L.A. considering his backup, Joe Noteboom, is out with an injury of his own. Stafford typically handles blitzes well, however the 49ers are often able to generate pressure with a four-man rush led by Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead. Whitworth and his o-line will be busy against these ends on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, the Rams were having their way with the Bucs but a few sloppy turnovers allowed Tampa to creep back into it. A pair of clutch connections from Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp set up a last-second game-winning field goal to get us to where we currently stand. Meaning, touchdowns -- and lots of 'em. Here’s a closer look at this anticipated all-NFC West (re)matchup. Lost & Found , By Kathryn Schulz (Doubleday Canada, January) “For a while after my father died, I could not stop seeing the world as it really is, marked everywhere by the evidence of past losses and the imminence of future ones. Does Shanahan win the coaching duel over McVay again? Two of the brightest offensive minds in football and stemming from the same coaching tree, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay have already seen their fair share of success as young head coaches but both have fallen short in their opportunities to win a championship. Looking at the quarterbacks' regular-season numbers, they're not so far apart. Shanahan and the 49ers are aiming to advance to their second Super Bowl in three years despite barely sneaking into the post-season, while McVay and the Rams hope to advance to the big show for the first time since a 13-3 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. A return at the Rumble would mark a quicker-than-expected recovery.

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com this week . Only Peyton Manning (2006 Colts, 2013 & 2015 Broncos) and Joe Flacco's 2012 Ravens emerged victorious from AFC title matchups when playing the Patriots. Don’t be surprised to see McVay and Shanahan each bring a few new looks to the table as well. “There's good schemes, there's great players, it's why we're in this position,” McVay added.) The last team to fall to the Patriots in the AFC title game? The 2018 Kansas City Chiefs, led by an MVP second-year quarterback in Mahomes. The Eye Test: A Case for Human Creativity in the Age of Analytics , By Chris Jones (Twelve, January ) Numbers may not lie, but they don’t necessarily tell the truth. “Let's go roll it out and see who plays the best in that three-and-a-half-hour window and gives themselves the chance to advance." Why will the Rams win? The Rams should advance to the Super Bowl because, on paper at least, they are the better overall team. have been busily paving a new path to football's grandest stage -- because now, it's clear that the road to the Super Bowl runs through Kansas City. More from Sportsnet.

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“We have to play four quarters,” a confident Aaron Donald told reporters this week. * What Joe Burrow has accomplished in his first full season at the helm of the Cincinnati Bengals is simply remarkable. “We have to find a way to finish and I know we're going to do that. But where it used to budge mere inches a century, it now moves hundreds of feet a year, hastening the melting of permafrost in the process.” Starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who protects Stafford’s blindside with great efficiency, is returning from a knee injury. He took a team that finished last in the league in 2019 and with a 4-11 record in 2020 -- a year that saw the then-rookie carted off the field with a season-ending knee injury -- and led them deeper into the playoffs than they've been in more than three decades. This is huge for L.A. As we've learned over the course of Mahomes' career, there's just about no stopping him -- you can only hope to keep up. Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement, By Toufah Jallow with Kim Pittaway (Random House, February) In 2014, when Toufah Jallow entered a presidential competition aimed at identifying the brightest young women in her native Gambia, more unexpected than her win was the ensuing proposal of marriage from the president himself, Yahya Jammeh.

considering his backup, Joe Noteboom, is out with an injury of his own. Stafford typically handles blitzes well, however the 49ers are often able to generate pressure with a four-man rush led by Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead. Okay, but seriously, while the chances are high that a Bengals victory will require a dramatic walk-off field goal from their fearless young leg with a million nicknames. Whitworth and his o-line will be busy against these ends on Sunday.S. Jimmy Garoppolo has been somewhat of an anomaly this season as 49ers QB.. He is an inconsistent passer and has poor deep-ball accuracy yet he ranks second in yards per attempt.

Garoppolo’s turnover-worthy play percentage is 4. And he's bringing his best friend. Worn: A People’s History of Clothing, By Sofi Thanhauser (Pantheon, January) The fast, toxic fashion produced by today’s global multinationals is primarily created from two sources: cotton and petroleum.9 per cent, according to Pro Football Focus, which was bottom of the barrel in the NFL this season. Why will the 49ers win? L. " That's a tall order.A.. might be 7-1 in their past eight, scoring 30 or more points in five of them, but that lone loss was to the 49ers, who went 2-0 against the Rams this season.

A key factor was success running the ball both in Week 10 and in a dramatic Week 18 come-from-behind overtime win that clinched them a playoff berth. The 49ers can control the clock and pace of play by establishing their ground game once again. The 49ers won the time of possession battle 39:03-20:57 in Week 10 and 36:44-31:24 in Week 18. They pound the rock often and Garoppolo attacks the middle of the field through YAC beast George Kittle and elite utility man Deebo Samuel. Opposing teams know exactly how the 49ers will attack but it hasn’t hindered their success.

San Fran is also an excellent road team at 8-3 away from home. In fact, they’re about to become the first team in NFL history – thanks in part to the expanded regular-season schedule – to play 12 road games in a single season. It’s not often you have to beat the same team thrice in a season yet the 49ers might have the formula to pull it off. Matchup to watch: 49ers secondary vs. Rams passing attack If the Rams are going to win, Stafford and the passing game must be dialled in.

Same goes for the 49ers defensive secondary. Kupp won the WR triple crown this season by leading the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. The fleet-footed breakout star is nearly impossible to contain in man coverage, so the 49ers might honestly be best off doubling him in certain circumstances and taking their chances with lesser coverage against Odell Beckham Jr. and Stafford’s other targets. One thing to keep in mind: the 49ers don't shy away from using zone schemes which will help limit Kupp's impact.

Unlike the 49ers, who frequently throw short passes, Stafford can stretch the field with the best of them and has several options whenever a deep ball is drawn up. Add to that the fact the 49ers led the league in defensive pass interference calls and it could spell disaster without sufficient help from the front seven. When submitting content, please abide by our , and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.

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