The 49ers were thumped 48-32. The highlight was George Kittle setting the NFL tight end record for single season receiving yards, moving past Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce. He broke the record on a 43-yard touchdown, which seemed fitting. That was the only highlight of the day, although the 49ers did secure the No. 2 overall draft pick. So, that’s something.
The 49ers got throttled in the first half, and head into the third quarter trailing 31-10. Kyle Juszczyk fumbled after a promising start to the 49ers opening drive, and Nick Mullens threw three interceptions, including a pick-six. Mullens has completed 11 of 19 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown to go with the three interceptions. Alfred Morris ripped off a 51-yard run at one point, but the rest of the half saw Morris, Juszczyk, and Jeff Wilson rush 12 times for 38 yards. Aaron Donald has one sack, and needs 2.5 more to break Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record.
49ers inactives: WR Marquise Goodwin, S Tyree Robinson, OL Erik Magnuson, OL Shon Coleman, TE Garrett Celek, DT Earl Mitchell, DL Sheldon Day
Rams inactives: S Lamarcus Joyner, RB Todd Gurley, OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB Trevon Young, OL Jamil Demby, DT Sebastian Joseph-Day, DT Tanzel Smart
It’s the final game of the season for the San Francisco 49ers and they are closing the season against the playoff-bound, NFC West winners, the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are playing for entirely different things to close the season. With one more loss, the 49ers are looking at a potential top-three pick, and a win would guarantee them to be no worse than fifth in the 2019 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, the Rams are playing for that coveted No. 2 seed. Given that the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game was rescheduled to the afternoon, the Rams will have no alternative but to put the starters on, in order to keep ahead of the Bears. The last time these two faced each other it was an ugly 39-10 drubbing at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers’ offensive line allowed seven sacks and quarterback C.J. Beathard threw for 170 yards. The whole game.
This will be an afternoon game kicking off at 1:25 P.M. The game will air on FOX and you can see who gets it by looking at our broadcast map. Thom Brennaman, and Chris Spielman will be calling the game while Shannon Spake will be on the sidelines.
The 49ers are fresh off a loss to the Chicago Bears where Nick Mullens managed 241 yards passing—not awful against the Bears defense. The 49ers, however, failed at getting a single touchdown and an ill-advised fourth down throw sealed things for the 49ers. A loss here and a win from the Arizona Cardinals (who play the Seattle Seahawks) could net the 49ers the first pick, granted some strength of schedule tiebreakers are ironed out.
The Rams thumped the aforementioned Cardinals in Week 16. They have lost their bell-cow running back Todd Gurley for the Sunday’s game due to a knee injury suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles a few weeks ago. In for him is C.J. Anderson. The Rams will need to keep a win ahead of the Chicago Bears so they can lock down that coveted No. 2 seed. If the Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings and the Rams were to lose to the 49ers, the Bears would get the seed and the first round bye. There will be no backups to end this year’s season, folks.
For Week 17, the Rams will be without running back Todd Gurley (knee) and safety LaMarcus Joyner (ankle). Running back Justin Davis (shoulder), and Edge Ethan Westbrooks (illness) are questionable.
The 49ers meanwhile will be without running back Matt Breida (ankle), tight end Garrett Celek (concussion), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (calf), and wide receiver Dante Pettis (knee). Cornerback Tarvarius Moore (shoulder) is questionable.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles California
Game time: Sunday, December 30th, 1:25 P.M. PT
TV channel: FOX
Online streaming: fuboTV, NFL Gamepass
Local Radio: 810-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listings
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesús Zárate, Gabriel Sotelo)
Matchup history: 49ers lead series 69-66-3
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake
Enemy blog: Turf Show Times
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Regular season schedule
Week 1: @ Minnesota Vikings — 24-16 Loss
Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions, — 30-27 Win
Week 3: @ Kansas City Chiefs, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, September 23 — 38-27 Loss
Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 30 — 29-27 Loss
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 7 — 28-18 Loss
Week 6: @ Green Bay Packers, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, October 15 — 33-30 Loss
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5:20 p.m., NBC, Sunday, October 21 — 39-10 Loss
Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 28 — 18-15 Loss
Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, November 1 — 34-3 Win
Week 10: vs. New York Giants, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, November 12 — 27-23 Loss
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, November 25 — 27-9 Loss
Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 2 — 43-16 Loss
Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos, 1:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 9 — 20-14 Win
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 16 — 26-23 Win
Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 23 — 14-9 Loss
Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 30