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Team Comparison: Previewing 49ers at Rams

Posted Dec 27, 2017

A numerical breakdown ahead of the 49ers season finale against the Los Angeles Rams.

The San Francisco 49ers will cap their 2017 season on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. San Francisco has a shot at winning six of its last seven contests to close the year.

Here's a breakdown of the 49ers final matchup of 2017.

Series Highlights

The two teams met earlier this season on "Thursday Night Football", where the 49ers fell to the Rams 39-41.

The 49ers defeated the Rams, 22-21, the last time the two clubs met in Los Angeles during Week 16 of the 2016 season.

San Francisco leads the overall series between the two clubs, 68-65-3.

Notes from Last Week

49ers vs. Jaguars

San Francisco claimed its fifth-consecutive win after defeating the 2017 AFC South Division Champion Jacksonville Jaguars, 44-33.

Passing Leaders: Jimmy Garoppolo completed 21-of-30 attempts for 242 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 102.4. He also scored the first rushing touchdown of his career on a 1-yard run on the first drive of the game.

Rushing Leaders: Matt Breida rushed for a career-high 74 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.

Receiving Leaders: Kyle Juszczyk led 49ers pass catchers with five receptions for 76 yards, including a long of 44.

Defensive Leaders: The 49ers held the Jaguars to 92 yards rushing on 28 ccarries. San Francisco has now held their opponents under 100 yards rushing for five-consecutive game. The 49ers defense registered three interceptions of Jaguars QB Blake Bortles.

Rams at Titans

The Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans, 27-23, on Sunday to win their first NFC West division title in 14 years.

Passing Leaders: Jared Goff completed 22-of-38 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns for a 118.4 passer rating.

Rushing Leaders: Todd Gurley rushed for 118 yards on 22 carries, his second-straight 100-yard game.

Receiving Leaders: Gurley also led Rams pass catchers with a career-high 158 yards on 10 receptions and two touchdowns.

Defensive Leaders: Linebacker Cory Littleton recorded his first interception of his career and a sack on Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Team Comparisons

49ers Rams
5-10 (4th NFCW) Record 11-4 (1st NFCW)
19.8 (21st) Points Per Game 31.0 (1st)
341.7 (12th) Total Offense 368.9 (7th)
99.5 (23rd) Rushing Offense 123.4 (7th)
242.2 (10th) Passing Offense 245.5 (8th)
28:42 (27th) Possession Average 30:03 (15th)
24.7 (t-26th) Points Allowed Per Game 19.7 (t-8th)
358.3 (26th) Total Defense 331.4 (16th)
117.3 (22nd) Rushing Defense 119.2 (t-24th)
241.0 (24th) Passing Defense 212.2 (6th)
27 (25th) Sacks 48 (4th)
10 (t-21st) Interceptions 16 (8th)
43.4 (30th) Punting Average
47.8 (4th)
-2 (t-19th) Turnover Differential 6 (t-8th)

Offensive Comparisons

49ers Rams
Passing Yards
C.J. Beathard 1,430 Jared Goff 3,804
Jimmy Garoppolo 1,268
Rushing Yards
Carlos Hyde 850 Todd Gurley II 1,305
Matt Breida 393 Tavon Austin 246
Carlos Hyde 57 Todd Gurley II 64
Marquise Goodwin 54 Cooper Kupp 62
Receiving Yards
Marquise Goodwin 934 Cooper Kupp 869
Pierre Garçon 500 Todd Gurley II 788

Defensive Comparisons

49ers Rams
Eric Reid 2 Mark Barron 3
Ahkello Witherspoon 2 Lamarcus Joyner 3
Elvis Dumervil 5.5 Aaron Donald 11.0
DeForest Buckner 3.0 Robert Quinn 8.5
Solomon Thomas 3.0 Matt Longacre 5.5

Final Nuggets

  • San Francisco’s 3,633 net passing yards this season are the second most by the team since 2000 (2000 – 4,239 yards).
  • Jimmy Garoppolo’s 1,250 passing yards in his first four starts are the most by a 49ers quarterback in his first four starts in franchise history.
  • Robbie Gould’s 94.9 made field goal percentage on the season is the highest of his career (min. 15 FGM) and currently ranks third in the NFL (Graham Gano, Car. – 96.6; Greg Zuerlein, LAR – 95.0).
  • Over the past four weeks, the 49ers have averaged 27.5 points per game, ranking sixth in the NFL and second in the NFC over that span (Jax. – 34.5; LAR – 34.0; Bal. – 33.0; Pit. – 30.0; KC – 29.0).
  • Carlos Hyde has 90-plus scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns in two of his past three contests against the Rams. Hyde aims for his fourth game in a row against the Rams with a touchdown.
  • Reuben Foster leads NFL rookies with 7.4 tackles per game.
  • Eric Reid aims for his third game in a row against NFC West opponents with an interception.

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