The San Francisco 49ers attempt to clinch the final wild-card berth in the conference when they visit on the playoff-bound Los Angeles Rams in the regular-season finale for the NFC West rivals on Sunday. San Francisco (9-7) needs a victory or a tie in the divisional showdown, or a loss or tie by New Orleans in its meeting with Atlanta to punch its ticket to the postseason. Los Angeles (12-4) will claim the NFC West title with a win or tie against the 49ers, or a loss or tie by Arizona in its battle with Seattle.
Kickoff from SoFi Stadium is set for 4:25 p.m. ET. Los Angeles is a 4.5-point favorite in the latest Rams vs. 49ers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 44.5.
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The model knows San Francisco could have rookie Trey Lance under center as it attempts to secure just its second postseason berth in eight years. Starting in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) last week, the 21-year-old Lance completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he helped guide the 49ers to a 23-7 triumph over Houston. San Francisco rolled to a 31-10 home victory over the Rams in Week 10 to extend its winning streak in the all-time series to five games.
The model also knows Los Angeles is seeking its third NFC West title in five seasons as it attempts to end the regular season with a six-game winning streak. The Rams trailed throughout their game at Baltimore last week before Matthew Stafford threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. with less than a minute remaining to give them a 20-19 victory. Cooper Kupp, who leads the NFL with 1,829 receiving yards and 15 TD catches, is 11 receptions away from tying the league's single-season record of 149 set in 2019 by New Orleans' Michael Thomas.
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