Niners Clinch Playoffs In Overtime Win

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Against all odds, the San Francisco 49ers beat the LA Rams to clinch the last NFC playoffs spot. After being down by 17 points, the 49ers managed to come back from behind and beat LA again.

This game ultimately wraps up the entire Niners’ season. They started off playing terrible, and ended on a high note to claim a late victory.

Rough Niners’ Start Diminished Playoff Hopes

As mentioned above, things didn’t start so well for San Francisco. In the 1st Quarter, the Niners struggled to make any completions. Jimmy G and his offense were only able to get one first down this quarter.

Despite having a good defensive season so far, the Niners were having trouble holding Matt Stafford and the Rams’ offense. Although they held them to one field goal conversion, it was clear that the Rams’ offense was doing more damage than the Niners’ offense.

Things continued to get worse for San Francisco as Stafford and his boys started the second quarter with a touchdown. Although Los Angeles was showing more offensive superiority, many 49ers’ fans will point the finger at their quarterback. Garoppolo’s struggles in the pocket led to an early end to their drive, which led to another Rams touchdown to make it 17-0.

Everything seemed to be over for San Francisco as they only managed to get a late field goal to make it 17-3. To make matters worse, the New Orleans Saints were doing their job and beating the Atlanta Falcons.

Second Half Turnaround

When things seemed lost, San Francisco came into the second half firing everything they had. The Niners came into the 3rd quarter with 14 unanswered points, which ultimately tied the game.They almost ended the quarter on a high note with an interception, but ultimately had to punt it.

The San Francisco defense continued to show their superiority as Nick Bosa and Dre Greenlaw kept holding the Rams. Things were looking good for the 49ers until Jalen Ramsey intercepted it in the end zone. This set up Stafford and Cooper Kupp to a Rams touchdown in the next drive to make it 24-17.

Once again, the 49ers’ playoff hopes looked slim as they only had a little over two minutes to tie it up. To make things worse, they were forced to punt with 1:57 on the clock. 

When things looked lost (again), Bosa and company stopped the Rams to force a punt. This ultimately left the Niners one last drive to tie it up 24-24 to take it to overtime.

Late OverTime Interception Sealed the Deal

Things seemed to be pointing in San Francisco’s favor as they won the Overtime coin toss. They just needed a touchdown to clinch their playoffs berth. Moreover, everything was pointing towards a touchdown as the Niners were having a dominant drive. Nevertheless, they ultimately fail short as the Rams defense stopped them in the RedZone. They had to settle for a field goal to make it 27-24.

Now it was all up to the San Francisco defense to stop the Rams from converting. They were close to stopping them until a defensive pass and interference penalty was called on 3rd down. But in the end, the Niners managed to get another mistake out of Matt Stafford. The CB rookie Ambry Thomas calls the game after picking Matt Stafford’s throw.

San Francisco makes it to the playoffs as the 6th seed after beating Los Angeles for the 6th straight time.

FInal Thoughts

Something that could be said about San Francisco is that they’re a very entertaining team to watch. They’re a defensively solid team, but tend to be inconsistent in the offense. If Deebo Samuel or George Kittle aren’t on their A-game, they’ll have to depend on others to step up.

Nevertheless, the Niners will be a team that no one would want to face if they’re at their best. As things stand, San Francisco will go to Dallas to face the Cowboys in the playoffs.

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