Three years ago, the Los Angeles Rams represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. They did not achieve their ultimate goal, falling short against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots. Two years ago, the San Francisco 49ers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. They did not achieve their ultimate goal, either, falling short against Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Sunday, these two teams will vie for the chance to get back to the NFL’s biggest game, when they meet at SoFi Stadium in the NFC Championship Game. The Niners won each of the two matchups between the two squads during the regular season, and have indeed won six consecutive games against their division rivals. None of those games happened in the playoffs, though, and we all know how different the outcomes in postseason games can be.
So, which of these teams will be making their second trip to the Super Bowl within the last few years? We’ll find out Sunday night. For now, though, let’s break down the matchup.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Jan. 30 | Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)
TV: FOX | Stream: FuboTV+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Rams -3.5, O/U 46
When the 49ers have the ball
The first time these two teams did battle this season, it was a game of firsts.
It was Von Miller’s first game with the Rams. He played 66 percent of the team’s snaps, his second-lowest snap rate of any game since he arrived in L.A. The only game where he played a lower share was in the blowout wild card victory over the Cardinals. It was also the first game this season where the 49ers utilized Deebo Samuel as a running back. He played six snaps in the backfield in that game, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s played at least that many in every game but one since then, has five or more carries in each of San Francisco’s 10 games since that matchup, and…