Rams vs. 49ers NFC Championship

 In what has been an NFL playoff that will go down in history. The great games continued and this one was just another one to add onto what has been a fantastic set of games. 

          The Rams got the ball first which they did nothing with going three and out on their first drive. The 49ers followed and did the exact same thing, punting back to the Rams. The Rams finally got things going, driving all the way into the red zone and to the three-yard line, but Matthew Stafford was picked off after his ball was batted into the air. The 49ers did nothing with their possession however and once again punted the ball away. The Rams put together an almost ten-minute drive that ended with receiver Cooper Kupp scoring a touchdown, making the score 7-0. The 49ers made something happen finally as well after a short pass to receiver Deebo Samuel turned into a 44-yard touchdown, tying up the game. The Rams made a solid drive down the field the next drive but a 54-yard field goal by Matt Gay was wide right keeping the game at 7-7. With under 2 minutes left in the half, the 49ers had a chance to score, which they were able to do as they got into field goal range and kicker Robbie Gould brought the lead to 10-7. 

          After the half the 49ers did nothing with the ball, punting it to the Rams, which they got into San Francisco territory. It got to 4th and 1 and on a quarterback sneak, the Rams were stopped. This allowed the 49ers to capitalize and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 16-yard laser to star tight end George Kittle to bring the score up to 17-7 for the Niners. The Rams wasted no time however and went down the field themselves to score with receiver Cooper Kupp getting his second touchdown of the game. The 49ers with the pressure being put on them with it being a three-point game did nothing and had to punt after a six-play drive. On the very first play of the Rams next drive Matthew Stafford threw a deep ball right to 49ers defensive back Jaquiski Tartt, but in a crucial mistake, he dropped it. This would prove to be maybe the biggest mistake of the game as the Rams ended up snagging a field goal out of the drive to make it 17-17. The 49ers now had to make something happen to take back their lead, but the lackluster offense continued as another punt had to be made. With the end of the game closing, the Rams were not letting the opportunity slip as they drove once more downfield into the red zone, before settling for a field goal to take the lead making it 20-17 with under two minutes on the clock. The 49ers with one last opportunity to either tie or take the win made absolutely nothing happen, and after a last-ditch effort pass by Jimmy Garroppolo, it was dropped by his receiver and picked off effectively sealing the game for the Rams and sending them to the Super Bowl.

           The Rams will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13, 2022, in what is sure to be a fantastic game. Matthew Stafford and the Rams will look to cap off a fantastic season, while the 49ers on the other hand may be looking to move on to their newest draft pick Trey Lance next season at quarterback.

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