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The San Francisco 49ers look set to make their second Super Bowl appearance in three years. Can they beat the Los Angeles Rams again?
Both the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams have felt the sting of defeat on Super Sunday in recent years. In 2018, Sean McVay’s club failed to score a touchdown in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Atlanta (LIII).
A season later, Kyle Shanahan’s club owned a 20-10 midway through the fourth quarter before the Kansas City Chiefs closed out the game with 21 unanswered points.
The Rams are looking to become the second team in a row to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium. But that could be easier said than done given their enemy on Sunday.
3 reasons why the 49ers upset the Rams
3. DE Nick Bosa spends a lot of time in the Rams’ backfield: Talk about consistency? The 49ers’ pass rush produced five sacks a piece in the postseason wins in Dallas and Green Bay. Bosa missed most of 2020 due to an injury but has made up for lost time. He has 3.5 of the club’s 10 playoff sacks. This after leading San Francisco with 15.5 QB traps in the regular season.
2. WR Deebo Samuel stays warm: He reached a total of 365 yards on the ground, 1,405 yards through the air and scored a total of 14 touchdowns rushing (8) and receiving (6). And Samuel has added 193 yards from scrimmage and a TD on combined 26 touches in the team’s playoff wins over the Cowboys and Packers.
Beating a team 3 times in one season is not as difficult as some people think: The 49ers have defeated the Rams six times in a row, dating back to 2019. If you do not think they have Sean McVay’s number, keep in mind that they were swept by rival Cardinals and Seahawks, but still managed to take two from the eventual NFC West champions. And history tells us that it is far more common to defeat a team three times in one season as opposed to losing the third game after sweeping its opponent.