49ers overcome 17-point deficit and defeat Rams 27-24 in an overtime classic

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould (9) and Kyle Juszczyk (44) celebrate after Gould’s field goal in overtime to defeat the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sun Jan 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

LOS ANGELES — It was a Hollywood ending, but not for the team in the blue and yellow.

The San Francisco 49ers overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 27-24 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at SoFi Stadium.

San Francisco finished 10-7 on the season clinched the sixth seed in the NFC. They will travel out to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in the wild card round of the playoffs. Los Angeles (12-5), despite the loss, finished first in the NFC West as the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Seattle Seahawks. They dropped to the fourth seed in the NFC and will host the Arizona Cardinals in the wild card round.

Los Angeles controlled the play in the first half. Their first two drives consumed over 15 minutes as quarterback Matthew Stafford methodically led his offense down the field with a nice balance where they were able to convert five of their first six third-down conversions.

Matt Gay capped a 12-play 61-yard drive with a 43 yard field goal.

On the Rams next possession Cooper Kupp set up Los Angeles inside the redzone with a 46-yard reception. Tyler Higbee scored a two-yard touchdown reception to give LA a 10-lead.

It was a rough start for the 49er’s offense and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the first half. Garoppolo had a fumble after a 14-yard sack (the Niners were able to recover the ball) and an interception as the Rams defense controlled the line of scrimmage.

San Francisco wasn’t able to get the running game going either as they ran for just 10 yards in the first half. Their special teams also performed poorly when they allowed a 31-yard punt return by Brandon Powell that set up the Rams in good field position.

Los Angeles took advantage of the punt return when Stafford found Higbee for his second touchdown of the game, a 15-yard leaping grab along the sidelines.

San Francisco gained momentum at the end of the first half when they went 61 yards on six plays on the final 38 seconds of the second quarter that resulted in a 42-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

The 49ers came out with some mojo to start the second half. Garoppolo led them on a seven play 75-yard drive capped off with a 16-yard rushing touchdown by Deebo Samuel. It was the eighth rushing touchdown for Samuel this season for the hybrid wide receiver.

San Francisco’s defense dominated the second half as they forced four punts and a turnover. Emmanuel Moseley intercepted Stafford on Los Angeles’ second possession.

The 49ers ran the ball down the Rams’ throat as they tied it up at 17-17. 10 of the 11-play drive were runs as the offensive line controlled the trenches. San Francisco’s 11th play was a trick play that caught the Rams off guard. Samuel took a handoff and threw a 24-yard touchdown to Juaun Jennings who was left all alone down the right sideline.

San Francisco run for 125 of its 135 rushing yards in the second half.

Kupp was the catalyst when Los Angeles went up with 24-17 with 2:29 left in the fourth quarter. Kupp had a 30-yard reception to start the drive and ended it with a four-yard touchdown reception, his team leading 16th of the season.

San Francisco looked to have been done when Von Miller sacked Garopollo with two minutes remaining and forced the 49ers to punt.

However, the tenacious defense of San Francisco forced a three and out as the Niners used all their timeouts to get one more possession with 1:27 remaining.

Garopollo marched the 49ers down the field on a five-play 88-yard drive. He completed a 12-yard touchdown to Jennings with 26 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

The 49ers won the toss and drove 69 yards down the field on 12 plays the resulted in a Gould 24-yard field goal.

49ers rookie cornerback Aubrey Thomas sealed the deal when intercepted Stafford on a deep pass down the right sideline.

Garopollo finished 23 of 32 for 316 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and a QB rating of 87.5. Running back Elijah Mitchell ran an efficient 85 yards on 21 carries. Brandon Aiyuk led the 49ers in receiving with six catches for 107 yards. Jennings finished with six catches for 94 yards to go along with his two receiving touchdowns.

Stafford finished 21 of 32 for 238 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a QB rating of 93.0. Kupp had another outstanding game as he led all receivers with seven catches for 118 yards and one touchdown. Sony Michell had just 43 yards on 21 carries.

San Francisco sacked Stafford five times to go along with their two interceptions.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 9-for-14 on third down conversions. Los Angeles was 10-for-17.

San Francisco swept the season series and have won six in a row over their NFC West rival.

UP NEXT: San Francisco takes on the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium. Date and time TBD.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: The line will play a critical role against Rams; Shanahan leaning towards Garoppolo at QB Sunday

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs against Seattle Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed (2) and defensive back Marquise Blair at Levi Stadium on Sun Oct 3, 2021. Kittle needs 100 more receiving yards to get to 1,000 for the season as the 49ers play the Rams in Los Angeles on Sun Jan 9, 2022 (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, how crucial will physicality play for the San Francisco 49ers (9-7) line against the Los Angeles Rams (12-4) on Sunday?

#2 Another question Joe that was asked during this week’s zoom pressers with 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDonald, defensive coordinator Demeco Ryans, and tight end George Kittle why do the 49ers match up so well with the Rams.

#3 Two scenarios for the 49ers to get into post season first scenario they need to beat the Rams Sunday night or they need the New Orleans Saints (8-8) to lose to the Atlanta Falcons (7-9). Still the odds are 50-50 either way for the 49ers for a shot at post season.

#4 Kittle is having quite a year he’s been piling up the receiving yards and need 100 yards receiving to get to 1,000 yards. If achieved Kittle would join the ranks of Jerry Rice, and Terrell Owens as the only three 49ers to have 1,000 yards in a single year.

#5 Joe, Sunday how do you see the 49ers and Rams matching up in this one in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. The biggest game of the year for both teams a 1:25 pm kickoff.

Joe Hawkes does the 49ers podcasts weekends at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Will Garoppolo get the start this Sunday?; 49ers need this game against Rams to get into post season

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo walks off the field after the 49ers defeated the Houston Texans at Levi Stadium Sun Jan 2, 2022. Garoppolo is the likely starter at quarterback for this Sun Jan 9, 2022 in Los Angeles against the Rams if doctors say his thumb is stabilized (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers (9-7) close out the 2021 regular season and are looking to get into the playoffs via a wild card against the Los Angeles Rams (12-4) this Sunday at SoFi Stadium in the Southland the Rams have had a good season this year do you see this being a battle or what could be the 49ers last game of the season?

#2 49ers back up quarterback Trey Lance looked good enough to get another chance under center for this Sunday in Los Angeles but 49er head coach Kyle Shanahan says that if the doctors give the okay starter Jimmy Garoppolo will go up against the Rams.

#3 Lance was 16-23 for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The 49ers defense pretty kept the Houston Texans (4-12) out of the game in the 23-7 decision. Dave talk about Lance’s performance and the 49ers defense last Sunday.

Join David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers try not to look past Jaguars after beating Rams; Mitchell to sit out today’s game

San Francisco 49ers running back Eli Mitchell (25) who will sit out today’s game in Jacksonville is seen here trying to avoid Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) and inside linebacker Troy Reeder (51) who are in hot pursuit during last Monday Night Football last on Nov 15, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the San Francisco 49ers (4-5) are coming off in what have called a miraculous win. The 49ers prior to their 31-10 win against the Los Angeles Rams (7-3) on Monday Night Football had lost five out of their last six games was the win over the Rams just a one off or are the 49ers back on track?

#2 Joe 49ers safety Jimmie Ward had himself a game Monday Night with two interceptions and returned one one of them for a touchdown it seemed like Ward and everyone else was up for the challenge against the Rams.

#3 Former 49ers general manager Trent Balalke who is the Jacksonville Jaguars GM was the GM when Ward was first drafted at No.30 by the 49ers in 2014 they most likely will exchange pleasantries when they meet this Sunday in Jacksonville.

#4 Joe, running back Elijah Mitchell had a pin inserted into his broken finger on his right hand after surgery is still being sidelined and is wearing a protective non contact bandage and is stretching with the team during practice.

#5 Joe the 49ers who are coming off a surprising and uplifting win over the Rams last Monday who were one of the winningest teams in the NFL face the Jaguars (2-7) Sunday. The Jaguars after losing five straight games have won two of their last two games. The 49ers can’t let up on the gas because you never know what a team like Jacksonville could do on any given Sunday in spite of their record.

Join J Hawkes each Sunday for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers hoping to grab last playoff spot improve with fourth win

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a first half pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi Stadium on Monday Night Football Nov 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave an unexpected upset victory for the San Francisco 49ers who now improve to 4-5 defeating the visiting Los Angeles Rams (7-3) with that huge 31-10 victory on Monday Night Football were you just as shocked by the turn around as everyone else?

#2 Lots of key players in this one two of which quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo 15-19, 182 yards throwing, two touchdowns take all that considered the 49ers were in the red zone quite a few times. Also talk about Jimmie Ward who had two picks off Rams quarterback Matt Stafford.

#3 Dave the 49ers really beat a Goliath of a football team in the Rams now they play one of the worst and struggling teams in the NFL next Sunday Nov 21st in Florida against the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7). You can never count anyone out on any given Sunday as the Jags have won two of their last four games. They did lose to the Indianapolis Colts (5-5) last Sunday 23-17. How do you see next Sunday’s match up in Jacksonville.

David does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

49ers put a thumping on Rams 31-10 end home skid

San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Williams (1) gets mobbed by teammates after returning an interception in first half action at Levi Stadium against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football Nov 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—393 days is now just a footnote.

That is how long the San Francisco 49ers went between home wins after an impressive 31-10 victory over their NFC West Division rival Los Angeles on Monday Night Football at Levi’s Stadium. San Francisco is just a half game back out of the seventh and final wild card spot in the NFC behind the Carolina Panthers.

San Francisco ended its eight-game home losing streak at Levi’s and are 2-8 at home over the past two seasons. Los Angeles have lost two games in a row for the first time this season and have looked very bad in both of them.

Los Angeles (7-3), in a Super Bowl or bust mode, added two veterans this week via free agency and via trade. They added defensive end Von Miller in a trade with the Denver Broncos and Odel Beckham Jr. after he was released by the Cleveland Browns last week.

Like the other 47 men who dressed in the road uniforms, neither of them were factors in a game where they had no answers on offense or defense.

San Francisco (4-5) dominated all three facets of the game from start to finish as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to taking advantage of two Matthew Stafford interceptions on the Rams first two drives.

Jimmy Ward made the first of his two picks at the 49ers seven yard line on a deep throw by Stafford that was clearly overthrown while Ward played center field on the play as they ball went right into his hands.

The 49ers offense had its longest offensive drive of the season on its opening possession. They went 93 yards on 18 plays that last 11:03. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo capped off the drive with an eight yard pass to tight end George Kittle for the game’s opening touchdown.

“I don’t want to say it took their soul away, but it definitely did something,” Garopollo said.

On the next Rams possession, Ward intercepted the ball on a wide receiver screen and ran it back 27 yards to paydirt as LA’s first two possession mirrored their first two in last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans in which they lost 28-16.

Los Angeles responded with a seven play, 75 yard scoring drive completed by a Tyler Higbee 10-yard touchdown from Stafford with 13:16 left in the second quarter.

San Francisco’s offense, that looked like an well oiled machine in the first half, answered right back with another 90 yard plus drive. Garropolo led the Niners offense on a 11 play, 91 yard drive where Deebo Samuel capped it off with an eight-yard rushing touchdown for a 21-7 lead.

“Any time we get to sit there and drink Gatorade, that’s great football,” said Niners linebacker Fred Warner.

The Rams looked like they were going to close the gape to a 11-point game when kicker Matt Gay lined up for a 35 yard field goal attempt with 18 seconds left in the half. Instead they faked the field goal as punter Johnny Hekker threw to Kendall Blanton who was cut down in the open field by 49ers defensive tackle DJ Jones for only a two yard gain as the Niners special teams weren’t fooled on the play.

The second half featured San Francisco’s dominance by their defensive front. They controlled the trenches as the Rams running game was stymied only gaining 52 yards on the ground making the Rams offense one dimensional for the rest of the game.

Nick Bosa and Arden Key each sacked Stafford late in the fourth quarter. Stafford was never comfortable in the pocket as the Niners had constant pressure on the Rams quarterback forcing him into bad throws and ruining Stafford’s timing with his wide receivers.

San Francisco, up 24-7 early in the fourth quarter, put the nail in the coffin on a 4th and 5 gamble at Los Angeles’s 40 yard line. Garropolo threaded the needle on a post route to Samuel who caught the ball between two Rams defenders and out raced the rest of the secondary to the endzone for his second touchdown of the game.

Samuel finished the game catching all five targets for 97 yards and one receiving touchdown. He combined for 133 all purpose yards with his 36 yards on the ground.

Garrpolo rebounded well from last week’s loss going 15 of 19 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and a QB rating of 141.7, his best of the season.

“Honestly it felt like the Super Bowl year (in 2019),” Garoppolo said.

Stafford finished an abysmal night going 26 of 41 for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while getting sacked twice. Stafford was the victim of having six of his passing attempts dropped by his targets.

Copper Kupp led all wide receivers 11 receptions for 122 yards on 13 targets. Beckham only had two receptions for just 18 yards in his Rams debut.

49ers rookie running back Elijah Mitchell led all running backs with 97 yards on 27 carries. Mitchell’s good night allowed San Francisco to dominate the time of possession battle by an almost two-to-one margin 39:03-20:57 by running the ball 44 of the 64 offensive plays.

“Our whole offense basically stood up and cheered,” said Kittle on the Niners goal to run the ball 40 times during the game.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished the game 8-for-14 on third down conversions. Los Angeles was 3-for-10.

Los Angles was without wide receiver Robert Wood, who suffered a tore his ACL in practice this past Friday. Woods was placed on the IR and will miss the rest of the season.

UP NEXT: San Francisco head out on the road to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars on Sunday 11/21 at 10:00am at TIAA Bank Field.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Beckham and Rams heading to Santa Clara for clash with 49ers on Monday Night Football

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver and now Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr will be making his Rams debut on Monday Night Football Nov 15 at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers (3-5) who have lost five of their last six games will be tested again as they face the Los Angeles Rams (7-2) on Monday Night Football. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says the 49ers situation is a sense of urgency.

#2 The 49ers were defeated soundly in their last game by the Arizona Cardinals (8-1) 31-17 last Sunday

#3 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw 28-40, 326 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Garoppolo’s line looked good enough to win the game but the Cardinals just kept adding up the scoring and no matter what Garoppolo did the 49ers just couldn’t catch Arizona.

#4 Los Angeles Rams (7-2) wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr who joins the Rams this week will be all the rage as the Rams are rolling and with the addition of Beckham that gives the Rams just that more yards in receiving going into Monday Night’s game.

#5 Joe, set this one up the 49ers having lost five of their last six and have trouble keeping teams from scoring once in the red zone what do you expect out of the 49ers defense in stopping the Rams high potent offense going into Monday Night’s contest?

Join J Hawkes for the San Francisco 49ers podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Raiders win with tough last second stop 17-16 over Rams

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Marcell Ateman (88) scores a second half touchdown and is congratulated by Derek Carr (4) with Matt Bushman (84) is background against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sat Aug 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

RAIDERS WIN WITH A TOUGH LAST SECOND STOP 17-16

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Media and Sports Radio Service


LOS ANGELES, CA-The Las Vegas Raiders rolled into SoFi Stadium, home of the Rams, with a huge chip on their shoulder after some rough practices all week with the Rams at their practice facility. Winning with a new look… defensive style 17-16.

Raiders RB Trey Ragas started the scoring with a rushing Touchdown that led to a 7-0 lead which the Raiders held for much of the first half before the tables turned on Raiders QB Nate Peterman who was intercepted in the second quarter, leading to a Rams drive to tie the game. The Rams would add another three points to go into the half leading the Raiders 10-7.

The second half was dominated by the play of rookie out of Illinois Nate Hobbs,Hobbs had an interception and added several top plays to ignite the Raiders defense to key stops of the Rams offensive surges. Nate Peterman led the Raiders on two key second half drives, in which the Raiders went up 17-10 with ten unanswered points.

Rams running QB Bryce Perkins played a very tough fourth quarter and made some key drives to bring the Rams back into the game, eluding a would be sack on 4th and 6 on the 15 to gain a key first down, then scoring on a key fourth and Goal with a well executed pass to the corner of the end zone to make the game 17-16 Raiders. The extra point attempt was a two point conversion, in which the fade route failed as the Raiders defense held up to secure the win 17-16. 

Next week the Raiders (2-0) will play in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, against the San Francisco 49ers next week. That will wrap up the pre-season and lead to the Monday night 9/13 opening night showdown vs the Baltimore Ravens in Las Vegas, NV.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Peterman set running backs up for good field position

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Nathan Peterman (3) threw for 246 yards against the Seattle Seahawks on Sat Aug 14, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Raiders head coach Jon Gruden rested starting quarterback Derek Carr and back up quarterback Marcus Mariota and third string quarterback Nathan Peterman quarterbacked the whole game. Before we get into Peterman Gruden using caution as most coaches will in not playing Carr and Mariota in the first pre season game.

#2 On Peterman he led the team for a win didn’t throw a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks and threw for one interception but got the Raiders in good field position for the backs to get into the end zone.

#3 Carr was rested by Gruden as he actually skipped playing the entire game as planned. Mariota had a leg injury and also rested. Although Gruden and the Raiders are curious to see what they can do they stayed on the side of caution and one of them might make an appearance this Saturday in Los Angeles against the Rams.

#4 Peterman’s completion total was impressive throwing 29-38 for 246 yards that also is a testament about how much protection he got from the offensive line and getting time to throw.

#5 The Raiders head to the Southland and face the Rams at SoFi Stadium this Saturday. The Rams dropped their last game to the LA Chargers 13-6 last Saturday. While pre season is an opportunity to look at the back ups and free agents it was a game that lacked offense for the Rams who used two quarterbacks Devlin Hodges and Bryce Perkins, Perkins was the only QB to throw a touchdown in the game for the Rams only score.

Join Rich for the Raiders podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NFL Playoffs podcast with Barbara Mason: Final Four teams in fight for a shot at Super Bowl LV

The Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers (12) gets in for a one yard keeper just getting away from Los Angeles Rams defender John Johnson (43) in the first half of the NFC title game on Sat Jan 16, 2021 in Green Bay (AP News photo)

On the NFL Playoffs podcast with Barabara:

#1 The Los Angeles Rams got into Green Bay on Saturday and played in 30 plus degree weather at the Frozen Tundra at Lambeau Field how much of a difference did that make in their game which turned out to be a 32-18 loss.

#2 The Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens played a relatively low scoring game by playoff standards and the Bills came away the winner 17-3 and are headed to the AFC Championship. The Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 206 yards and a touchdown he’s been having a terrific post season.

#3 The Kansas City Chiefs defense kept the pressure up on the Cleveland Browns as the Browns could only muster a field goal in the first quarter and a touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. Meanwhile Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes threw for 255 yards and one touchdown for the 22-17 win.

#4 It looked like the Saints might have made things interesting to start their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scoring six in the first quarter and seven in the second quarter but the Bucs in the second quarter came back and scored 13, seven in the second and ten in the third to get a ten point win over the Saints 30-20. The Bucs quarterback Tom Brady threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Could the Bucs be on the road to the Super Bowl?

Join Barbara for the NFL Championship podcast next Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com