With just two NFL playoff games today, what time does the 49ers vs. Rams game start? The NFC Championship sees these two NFC West foes going toe to toe for the third time this season. Can San Francisco HC Kyle Shanahan win his seventh straight game against the Rams, or will Los Angeles HC Sean McVay help Matthew Stafford appear in the first Super Bowl of his career? Keep reading below for everything thing you need to know regarding the 49ers vs. Rams start time, channel, and stream options, as well as a preview and prediction.
What time does the 49ers vs. Rams game start today?
- Channel: FOX
- Start time: 6:30 PM ET
- Live stream:
- Hulu + Live TV
- YouTube TV
- NFL Mobile App
What to expect when the 49ers vs. Rams kick off?
This could wind up being the most important game of McVay’s young head coaching career. After a terrific season in 2018, McVay fell just short in Super Bowl LIII after his top-notch offense fell victim to Bill Belichick’s stifling New England defense. Since then, Los Angeles has continued to build their roster in a very unique way, taking a Madden Ultimate Team-type approach.
This came to the forefront this past offseason after the Rams traded QB Jared Goff and two first-round picks to the Detroit Lions in return for Stafford. Goff was holding the offense back, and Stafford’s gunslinger mentality gave McVay the arm strength this offense needed. This season’s hot start cooled off a bit, but the offense looks much better. That trade was accompanied by an in-season trade for LB Von Miller and the addition of free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. before Week 10. All signs point to Super Bowl or bust for the Rams.
But a thorn in their side stands in the way: the 49ers. Ironically, had Los Angeles beaten San Francisco in Week 18, a 49ers vs. Rams matchup would not be possible this week. Instead, Los Angeles gave up a 17-0 first-half lead as the 49ers won 27-24 in overtime. A loss would deem this season a failure, but drawing a dud in back-to-back games against the 49ers would be even worse. The Rams get things ironed out, but the San Francisco will have them on their toes all evening.
49ers vs. Rams Prediction: Rams 31, 49ers 27
Conference Championship Round Schedule
Here’s the NFL Conference Championship schedule for the NFL playoffs.
AFC Championship Game
- Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- Start Time: 3 PM ET
- Channel: CBS, Paramount+
NFC Championship Game
- San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Start Time: 6:30 PM ET
- Channel: FOX
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