SANTA CLARA -- This is the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers' Week 10 game against the Los Angeles Rams. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
3:30 Here's what's at stake: If the 49ers win, suddenly the rest of the season wouldn't look so bleak. The 49ers would be 4-5 with their next game coming against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who stink. The Rams might be the best team remaining on the 49ers' schedule, so if they can beat L.A., they can beat any team.
But if the 49ers lose, their season essentially would be over. They'd be 3-6 with 6 losses in their last 7 games. They probably would have to win 7 of their 8 final games just to sneak into the playoffs and lose in Round 1. Which means after this game, we could see veterans make business decisions on the field, if they haven't started to do so already. They certainly didn't sell out against the Cardinals.
But I expect the 49ers to win this game. Their season is on the line, and the Rams' season isn't. The 49ers need this game more. And the Rams are reeling. Last week they lost to the Titans, and this week they lost star wide receiver Robert Woods for the year when he tore his ACL during practice.
The 49ers should have enough talent and pride left on their roster to make this stand and remind the world who they are. The season should start tonight.
3:55 Here are the 49ers inactives:
3:56 The 49ers placed Mike McGlinchey and Mohamed Sanu on Injured Reserve.
5:13 The 49ers win the toss and defer. The Rams will receive the opening kickoff.
5:18 On the fifth play of the game, Matthew Stafford throws a deep pass directly to Jimmie Ward, which he intercepts at the 49ers' 7-yard line. I feel smart for picking the 49ers to win.
5:34 On 3rd and 6 from the 8, Jimmy Garoppolo throws a touchdown pass to George Kittle. That was an 18-play drive that took up most of the first quarter. Maybe their best drive of the season. The 49ers came to freaking play.
49ers 7, Rams 0.
5:41 On 3rd and 11 from the Rams 24, Matthew Stafford throws another pass directly to Ward, who this time returns the interception for a touchdown. The Rams look shell shocked. The 49ers season finally has begun.
49ers 14, Rams 0.
5:52 On 3rd and 9 from the 49ers' 10, Fred Warner gives up a touchdown catch to Tyler Higbee. That was an easy seven-play, 75-yard drive for the Rams. The 49ers got no pass rush on Stafford.
49ers 14, Rams 7.
5:54 Jaylon Moore has a knee injury and his return his questionable.
6:05 On first and goal from the 8, Deebo Samuel lines up at running back and runs for a touchdown. Kyle Shanahan is calling a beautiful game, and Jimmy Garoppolo's QB rating is 146.7.
49ers 21, Rams 7.
6:19 On 4th and and 8 from the 49ers 17, the Rams call a fake field goal, and their punter completes a 2-yard pass. Brilliant stuff from LA. The 49ers take ove ron downs at their 16 with 12 seconds left.
6:22 Garoppolo takes a knee and the first half ends. The 49ers will get the ball first in the second half.
6:40 On 3rd and 8 from the 49ers 42, Tom Compton gives up pressure and Jimmy Garoppolo gets sacked by safety Taylor Rapp. The Rams take over at their 20 after the punt.
6:44 On 3rd and 5 from the Rams 25, Talanoa breaks forward and knocks down a quick pass intended for Darrell Henderson, and the Rams go three and out. The 49ers take over at their 37 after a fair catch by Brandon Aiyuk.
6:56 On 3rd and 14 from the Rams 32, Garoppolo throws a screen pass at Kittle's feet. Incomplete. Then Robbie Gould makes a 50-yard field goal. The 49ers have been extremely sloppy on offense since the second half started.
49ers 24, Rams 7.
7:02 On 3rd and 4 from the Rams 31, Cooper Kupp drops a pass and LA goes three and out. The 49ers take over at their 27 after a fair catch by Aiyuk.
7:13 On 3rd and 6 from the 49ers 45, Garoppolo sails a pass over Kittle's head. The Rams take over at their 11 after the punt. Shanahan curiously called just two runs during that six-play series.
7:15 On 3rd and 7 from the Rams 14, Tyler Higbee drops a pass, and the Rams go three and out. The 49ers take over 44 after the fair catch.
7:25 On 4th and 6 from the Rams 40, Garoppolo completes a pass over the middle to Deebo Samuel, who runs through the Rams defense for a touchdown. Put a fork in 'em. The Rams are done.
49ers 31, Rams 7.
7:42 On 4th and goal from the 12, Stafford essentially throws the ball away. Jared Goff could have done that. 49ers take over on downs.
7:48 The 49ers run three times and punt. The Rams get the ball back at their 47 with 4:59 and one timeout left.
7:55 On 3rd and goal from the 8, Nick Bosa sacks Stafford. And on the next play, the Rams cowardly kick a field goal to cut their deficit to 21 points with 3:48 left.
49ers 31, Rams 10.
The 49ers win and save their season. Stay tuned for their grades.