LOS ANGELES – This is the live blog from the San Francisco 49ers v 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.