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49ers eke out win over Rams, set up monster Week 17 vs. Seahawks

The 49ers got a huge win on a Robbie Gould field goal in the final seconds. We break down the implications.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates a first down against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers won an insane one to close out the NFL’s Week 16 Saturday triple-header. Robbie Gould booted a game-winning field goal as time expired to beat the Rams 34-31. The 49ers improve to 12-3 with the win, and now set up a monster Week 17 game with the Seattle Seahawks for all the regular season marbles. The Rams drop to 8-7 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

This was not a pretty game, and yet I’m not sure if anybody will remember the bad plays. Jimmy Garoppolo made two huge 3rd and 16 conversions that set the 49ers up for their game-winning field goal. This game as the offense struggled most of the night to get much of anything going. Garoppolo threw two interceptions and his six sacks included several that seemed to involve him waiting way too long in the pocket.

Regardless, he and the offense did enough to get the win. George Kittle led the pass catchers with five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders had three receptions for 61 yards, and his 46-yard catch on blown coverage was the biggest play of the day. Raheem Mostert rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown, and while it was not a monster effort, he made some big plays on the day.

The 49ers defense made some big plays, especially late in the game, but it was one of their less dynamic outings. Jared Goff threw for 323 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He looked like he was seeing ghosts for a stretch after his pick-six late in the second quarter, but he bounced back to give the Rams a shot in this one. They came up short, but it was a solid close to the game for Goff.

The 49ers win turns Week 17 into one of the biggest Sunday Night Football season finales ever, regardless of Seattle’s result vs. the Cardinals. If the 49ers beat Seattle next week, they get the No. 1 seed and Seattle is likely the 5 seed. If the Seahawks win, Seattle could get the No. 1 seed (pending Sunday) and the 49ers drop to either the 5 or 6 seed.