Since the 49ers fell to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football back in week nine of the NFL season, one thing has mattered, getting the chance to catch the Seahawks in the final week of 2019. For the 49ers to have the opportunity to control their destiny and secure a bye in playoffs by beating Seattle in week 17, San Francisco had to take care of business against the Los Angeles Rams.
It feels like it’s beginning to be a common theme with the 49ers — close games that come down to the wire, but when Jimmy Garoppolo has his back against the wall, he delivers.
Garoppolo answered late in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to George Kittle to take a three-point lead, only to have the Rams respond with a game-tying field goal.
The game still could be in overtime if Garoppolo couldn’t convert both 3rd-and-16 situations, which is improbable as it sounds, even for Kyle Shanahan, who said converting on that down and distance are less than 10 percent of working.
It was announced early Saturday morning, Clayton Beathard, the brother of 49ers backup quarterback, C.J., was stabbed to death in Nashville, Tennessee. Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers were somber after the team’s thrilling win.
As emotional of a win as it was, the 49ers have zero time to celebrate, as NFC West winner take all matchup looms against the Seattle Seahawks. Shanahan said he’s trying not to look ahead, but there’s no doubt this team is excited to face their division rival with a first-round bye on the line.
“I love it,” DeForest Buckner said about getting the chance to play Seattle for the NFC West crown. “It’s a big deal for us to get a first-round bye and rest up, but also we haven’t beaten Seattle in Seattle in a long time.”
A game that’s been hyped for over a month will finally come to fruition next week when the 49ers travel to Seattle with the opportunity to take home the NFC West championship and a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs.