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The Los Angeles Rams suffer a heartbreaking 34-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers

The Los Angeles Rams were once again featured in prime time, this time against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night. The Rams desperately needed a victory over their NFC West rivals in order to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

To begin the night, the Rams boasted a balanced offensive attack. Although, Jared Goff made excellent passes on some bootlegs. Goff completed four out of his four attempts for 66 yards. His critical pass came from a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks to strike first, 7-0 Rams. But, an 82-yard kick return by Richie James placed the 49ers in favorable field position. The Rams defense did manage to hold the Niners to just a 26-yard Robbie Gould field goal. Rams still lead, 7-3. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey picked off Jimmy Garoppolo after Johnny Hekker delivered a short punt.

The Rams took advantage of the turnover and stormed into the end zone thanks to a Todd Gurley 5-yard touchdown run. The Rams take 14-3 lead with 14:55 left in the first half. The urgency became evident to the 49ers as they responded with a 19-yard rushing touchdown from Deebo Samuel. The Rams’ lead cut to 14-10. The Rams retaliated though with plenty of passes to Tyler Higbee. But it was Gurley that found the end zone with a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-10. Once again, the Niners weren’t going anywhere after Raheem Mostart scored on a 16-yard rushing touchdown. The Rams lead cut again, 21-17. Goff threw a pick-six to Fred Warner which gave the 49ers their first lead of the game, 24-21.

Darious Williams capitalized off a deflected pass from Ramsey and earned an interception. The Rams weren’t able to take advantage of the situation since Greg Zuerlein missed a 52-yard field goal. After a few defensive stalemates on both sides, the Rams offense got back in a rhythm when Goff found Cooper Kupp for a 22-yard touchdown reception. The Rams regained the lead, 28-24 with 5:06 left in the third quarter.

Garoppolo found George Kittle to take back the lead 6:06 left in the fourth quarter. The 49ers were up 31-28. Zuerlein made up for his previous miss and nailed a 52-yard field goal to tie the game at 31 with 2:30 left in the game. A blown coverage by Taylor Rapp proved to be costly as it setup a chip shot field goal for Gould. The 49ers win, 34-31.

The Rams will return home to Los Angeles for the final matchup of the regular season against the NFC West rivals, the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff is 1:25 p.m. PST on Sunday, December 29.

Source: ESPN.com

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