The San Francisco 49ers return from their bye week with their first home game in a while. The 49ers host the St. Louis Rams, marking their first home game since October 5. This is the second contest in three weeks between these two teams. The 49ers won the first game 31-17, storming back from a 14-0 first quarter deficit, spurred in large part by a huge Brandon Lloyd touchdown reception late in the second quarter.
Sunday's game will be broadcast on FOX, kicking off at 1:05 p.m. PT. The game gets FOX's No. 2 team, with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch in the booth, and Pam Oliver on the sidelines. This is actually a pretty solid group, boosted even further by Oliver's strong sideline work. It does mean the game will not be nationally televised however. You can view more broadcast info HERE. If you live abroad, you can watch the game on NFL Game Pass. If you live in the US, NFL Rewind offers games after the fact, but not live.
The 49ers enter this game as a 10-point favorite. They have cleaned house in NFC West home games, going 15-0-1 in divisional home games since 2008. The 49ers have covered the last three game against the Rams, but this marks the 49ers biggest spread since they were 14-point favorites against the Atlanta Falcons in their Candlestick Park finale last season. They were a double-digit favorite four times last season, including home games against the Falcons, Cardinals and Colts, and their London game against Jacksonville. They covered against Jacksonville (-16) and Arizona (-10). They failed to over against Atlanta (-14) and Indianapolis (-10.5), defeating the Falcons by 10, and losing to the Colts by 20.
There are obviously no guarantees each week, but this Rams team is sufficiently banged up that the 49ers need to take advantage of it. A win is a win no matter what, but it would be nice to see the 49ers make a little bit of a statement in this game. They are still bringing guys back from injured lists, but a strong win coming out of the bye would be a nice step moving into the second half of the season.
Game time: 1:05 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Where to watch the game in the US and around the world: Click here
Radio: KGO 810 AM, The Bone 107.7 FM, 49ers Radio Network - Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan
Odds: 49ers 10-point favorites
Online streaming: NFL Rewind (not live); Outside US, NFL Game Pass
Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), LB Patrick Willis (toe)
Probable: CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), DB Jimmie Ward (quadricep)
Last time they played: 49ers win, 31-17 (10/13/2014)